One of my favorite cakes to make (it is super easy and oh-so-good!) is this pineapple cake.
It is also a versatile recipe. If you wish, you can make it into a pineapple-upside-down cake, or you can leave the pineapple-upside-down part out and just make the cake part. I like to put a cream frosting on top and decorate with fruit, like in the picture.
A few notes about the ingredients:
Most baking powder contains aluminum. I prefer not to use aluminum in my cooking, so I opt for baking powders like Featherweight (by Hain foods), Ener-G, or Rumford. You can purchase these at a health foods store or from Amazon.com.
Sucanat is natural sugar cane. It has a slightly different flavor and makes whatever you are making a little bit darker. I really like its flavor. It works really well in this cake. You can buy sucanat at a health foods store.
● 1 2/3 cups white flour
● 1/2 tsp. salt
● 1 cups pineapple or other juice
● 1/3 cups canola oil
● 1/2 tsp. vanilla
● 3/4 cups sucanat
Note: if you are making the pineapple upside down cake version, you will also need a little more oil, sucanat, pineapple juice, canned pineapple rings, and pitted cherries if desired. Please read directions for the pineapple upside down cake before the rest of the directions because you will need to mix that before the rest of the cake.
Preheat oven to 350º. Pam 8×8 or other cake pan.
1. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in bowl.
2. In a second bowl mix liquids and sugar.
3. Combine two bowls of ingredients and mix until moist, and lumps are gone but do not overmix.
4. Pour into greased cake pan.
5. If wish to frost, use a cream-type frosting and decorate with sliced fruit or berries.
If you wish to make it Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, mix and spread on bottom of pan:
1 T pineapple juice
2 T canola oil
1/3 c sucanat
Arrange pineapple slices on top and put cherry in center of each piece, if desired.
Then, pour above cake mix over this arrangement of pineapple. When finished with baking, turn upside down. If somethings don’t come out properly dig them out of pan with spoon and put them where they belong on the cake.