A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake - This is an easy made from scratch pineapple upside down cake! Simply the best! KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

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This dessert showcases beautiful cranberries, and pineapples making it perfect for a Holiday Dessert! And, let me tell you, after tasting it, I have used full will power against eating the entire platter! It’s hard for me to resist a cake with sour cream in the batter! 

A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake - This is an easy made from scratch pineapple upside down cake! Simply the best! KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

The kids are no stranger to this cake, either. They absolutely love it. The cranberries didn’t even scare them away. I like to encourage the kids to eat as much pineapple as possible. Did you know that pineapple has amazing health benefits? It helps strengthen bones and even stimulates weight loss! Hmm…maybe we don’t have to feel so guilty with this guilty pleasure. You can check out the many, many other health benefits of adding pineapple to your diet in this amazing article written by the very sweet Helen, called 19 Science Backed Health Benefits of Pineapple by clicking on the link. 

 

A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake - This is an easy made from scratch pineapple upside down cake! Simply the best! KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

I love that the whole house smells like Christmas when I bake this. The cloves and cinnamon are filling the house up with such a wonderful aroma!

A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake - This is an easy made from scratch pineapple upside down cake! Simply the best! KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

Enough about my house smelling yummy, let’s get onto the recipe so you can experience the smells and tastes of this delicious Cranberry and Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

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Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A Cranberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake - This is an easy made from scratch pineapple upside down cake! Simply the best! KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com
  • Author: Melissa
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Ingredients

  • The Bottom Layer
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 can of sliced pineapples drained (20 oz.)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries

The Cake Portion

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1&1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 t of baking powder
  • 1 t of salt
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t of ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking pan
  3. We are starting off with the caramel portion. (bottom layer)
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat – Heat the 1/2 cup of butter until melted, and add brown sugar
  5. Stir together and cook for a couple of minutes
  6. Pour the caramel mixture into the greased pan
  7. Place your pineapple slices into the caramel mixture – I fit about 9 slices into my pan – rows of 3 across, and down
  8. Place a cranberry in the center of each slice
  9. Spread the rest of the cranberries in-between the pineapple slices, and the edge of the pan

Onto the Cake portion

  1. Cream the butter, and sugar together until they are well mixed
  2. Add the applesauce, and mix that in too!
  3. Add the eggs, whisking it all together
  4. Whisk the vanilla in
  5. In a separate bowl, start mixing the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
  6. Place sour cream into a small bowl
  7. Start adding the creamed sugar/butter mixture into the flour mixture, alternating with the sour cream – Mixing it all together with each addition
  8. Fold in the fresh cranberries
  9. Pour the cake batter over the caramel/pineapple layer
  10. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean
  11. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes
  12. Invert the cake onto your serving platter
  13. Serve alone, or add whipped cream or ice cream!
  14. Yummy

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

 

 

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