Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

Tomorrow is my husbands birthday.  He loves pineapple upside down cake as well as carrot cake, so when I saw the recipe for this beauty, I just had to make it for him!

It was made in a cast iron skillet (is there any other way?) It was very quick and easy!

Happy Birthday to my hubby!

Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

¼ cup butter
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (20 oz.) can pineapples slices in juice, drained
7 maraschino cherries (without stems)
1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp. salt 
1 ½ cups grated carrots 
½ cup finely chopped pecans 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a lightly greased 10-in cast-iron skillet or 9-in round cake pan over low heat. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange 7 pineapple slices in a single layer over brown sugar. Place 1 cherry in center of each pineapple slice. 
Beat sugar, oil and eggs at medium speed with electric mixer until blended. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, gradually add to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in carrots and pecans. 
Spoon batter over pineapple slices. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto serving plate, spooning any topping in pan over cake. 
note:  I added raisins and it was done in 40 minutes in my oven


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Oopsy Daisy Cake: Baked Sunday Mornings

 This cake is in the Baked Elements cookbook.  The chocolate cake has milk chocolate, dark cocoa and a bit of coffee in it.  Between the chocolate cake layers is  a peanut butter filling with peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar and it is frosted with a lightly peanut butter flavored buttercream. 

Not too sure why it is called Oopsy Daisy but it looks real good and was not at all difficult to make.  Most importantly of all, I think I finally conquered the Baked buttercream!  It finally came out nice and smooth...Yay me!

I made this for my step son's we have not cut into it yet.
I hope it is as good as it looks!

I will post some pictures of a cut piece when we dig in!
Until then!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blueberry Hand Pies: ABC

It has been way too long since I have baked along with the Avid Bakers!!  I have missed the last 2 challenges and didn't want to miss another.  These hand pies were worth the effort!  The crust is delicious and so flaky, the blueberries were not too sweet and one tablespoon was a perfect amount of filling for each. I give this recipe two thumbs up!!  

They were so easy to make and honestly, I don't think there will be any left over by the end of the day.

You can get the recipe at the King Arthur Flour website....just click here.
You can see what the other wonderful bakers did here.

Next month it is Braided Lemon Bread.  How good does that sound!

Until Then,