Scrumptious Pineapple Upside Down CakeYears ago I had a piece of pineapple upside down cake that was made by a good southern cook. It was fabulous, wonderful, sweet, moist, crunchy. Everything that makes you want not just one piece, but the whole cake. I did notice that she had cooked it in a cast iron skillet which I had never seen before. A few years later I came upon a recipe for this cake that was cooked in a skillet. It is WONDERFUL! It is a made from scratch cake, but it doesn’t take much time and it makes it taste so much better because the cake is not overly sweet. So I will share this amazing recipe with you
Spiced Pineapple upside-down cake

1-1/3 cups butter, softened and DIVIDED
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 20-ounce can pineapple slices, drained
10-12 maraschino cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
In a small saucepan, melt 2/3 cup of butter; stir in brown sugar. Spread in the bottom of an ungreased heavy 12 inch cast iron skillet or 13×9 baking pan. Arrange pineapple in a single layer over sugar mixture; place a cherry in the center of each slice. Sprinkle with pecans and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add alternately to batter with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Carefully pour over the pineapple. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes for skillet (50-60 minutes for baking pan) or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a serving platter
yield: 12 servings

This is by far my favorite pineapple upside-down cake. I love the cherries in it, so I usually put more that just one in the center of each pineapple slice. If you have a cast iron skillet please use it for this recipe. It browns it so nicely and gives it such a deep, rich flavor.
Writing this post is making me want to bake another. Maybe I could eat the whole thing by myself since all the kids are in school now!
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