Azorean Pineapple Upside-down Cake

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Pineapples are grown om the island of Sao Miquel. You can use canned pineapple but won't taste as fresh.


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25 Min
1 Hr 10 Min


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1/2 c
1 c
granulated sugar
fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick rings
plums, pitted and cut into quarters
pitted cherries


8 Tbsp
butter, softened (1 stick)
1 c
granulated sugar
3 large
2 c
all purpose flour
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
2/3 c
orange juice (or pineapple juice)
1/2 c
toasted almond slices, for garnish

How to Make Azorean Pineapple Upside-down Cake


  • 1Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan with 2-inch sides.
  • 2In a heavy-bottomed 1-quart saucepan, stir the water and 1 cup sugar together and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 15 minutes, until you see it turning amber. Give the pan a swirl and cook another 5 minutes until a medium amber. Watch carefully so it doesn't overcook and burn. Total time for sugar is about 25 minutes.
  • 3Carefully pour hot caramel into cake pan, tilting the cake pan back and forth to coat bottom and sides. Set aside to cool. It will begin to harden.
  • 4Prepare pineapple, plums and cherries. Arrang 4 or 5 pineapple rings on top of the firm caramel. Place plums and cherries around pineapple rings (put a cherry into each pineapple hole).
  • 5Preheat oven to 350F.
  • 6For the cake, in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • 7Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. With mixer on medium speed, incorporate dry ingredients in increments, alternating with the orange juice and milk. Mix for 1 minute until the batter is fluffy.
  • 8Scrape the batter into the cake pan over the fruit. Spread evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 9Cool slightly on a wire rack and then carefully invert onto a serving plate while still fairly hot. Should a piece of fruit stick to pan, just remove it and place it in it's proper place on the cake.
  • 10Garnish cake with toasted almond slices.

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About Azorean Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Portugese

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