One of my toddler's favorite books is a hand me down from her cousins' old library called "Eight Animals Bake a Cake" by Susan Middleton Elya. It's a book in both Spanish and English that talks about each ingredient in a cake and how a different animal brings each ingredient to a baking party at one of their houses. They all make it together and when they bring it out of the oven, it falls on the floor but they save it and end up making a pineapple upside down cake. It's a really fun kid's book and my little one LOVES to read it- usually three times in a row. In the back of the book is an actual recipe for pineapple upside down cake. My sister said she made it with the kids and that it was delicious. I had seen it a thousand times but it had never occurred to me to make it until she said she had and enjoyed it.
This morning we woke up and got to work. My little one was so proud stirring the ingredients together with her spoon. It's a great cake to make with kids as it's a little to no mess bake.
Here is the scrumptious result of our work and the recipe below.
Topping: (to go in the bottom of the pan)
3-7 fresh organic pineapple rings
pecan halves (optional)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed organic brown sugar or (1/4 organic raw honey)
1 cup Pamela's gluten-free pancake mix
1/2 cup organic raw honey
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup grass-fed milk
1/3 cup butter (or coconut oil or ghee)
1 pasture-raised egg
1 tsp vanilla powder
- Preheat oven to 350 deg
- arrange the pineapple rings on the bottom of your baking dish. Put one cherry in the center of each ring. (Optional) Place the pecans around the edges of the rings.
- melt 1/4 cup butter; stir in the brown sugar or honey; pour the mixture over the pineapple rings on the baking dish. Set it aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, 1/3 cup butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat for three minutes with a mixer. Pour the mixture over the pineapple in the baking dish.
- bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Let the cake cool. Flip entire cake over onto another serving platter or cut cake into pieces and flip them onto serving plates.