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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

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  • Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
  • Servings: 10-12
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  • Topping: 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple slices, in natural juice
  • Maraschino cherries, halved and drained
  • Walnut halves
  • Cake: 1 package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Yellow cake mix
  • 1 package (4- serving size) vanilla instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water or drained pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup oil

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For cake: combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, and oil in large mixing bowl.
  3. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  4. Then, for topping: melt butter in 13"x9"x2" pan in oven. Remove from oven.
  5. Stir in brown sugar. Spread to cover bottom of pan.
  6. Arrange pineapple slices, maraschino cherries (place upside down in center of pineapple slices) and walnut halves in pan.
  7. Pour batter evenly over fruit in pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Invert onto serving platter.
  10. Serve.
  11. The sooner you invert the cake onto a serving plate, the less the pineapple slices will stick to the bottom of the pan.

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Butter or margarine

Butter or margarine

When a recipe calls for butter...ALWAYS ALWAYS use butter. When it calls for butter OR margarine, then use either. Here's the biggest reason. It is the difference between a cookie that has a cakey kind of texture and one called a shortbread that MELTS in your mouth and is crumbly. The reason is margarine has water in it. You could use shortning in place of butter with maybe butter flavoring

Very moist cakes

Very moist cakes

Try baking your cakes at 25 degrees less than called for in the recipes. Cake gets done in about the same amount of time but stays very moist and less chance of a rounded top.

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