**The winner of the cookbook is Patricia Mingozzi.
Today I’m joining the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party. Yes, it’s true. The finale will be airing this Sunday, April 5th. I’m bringing this classic upside down pineapple skillet cake that was featured in the first episode of season 2.
If you make this, don’t leave out the pecans. Those guys become so sweet and have the most delicious brown sugar coating. If I didn’t love every single thing about this cake, the pecans would be my favorite part.
I was sent the amazing Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook for participating in the party. It’s packed full of all the classic recipes that were on Mad Men and fun little bits of information about the recipes. Did you know pineapple upside down cake first appeared in the 1920’s when Jim Dole (Dole Food Co.) started canning and selling his pineapple crop? You know now, anyway!
If you’re interested in your own book, it’s your lucky day! I’ll be giving one away to one of my wonderful readers. I’ll also link the book so you can check it out on Amazon. I highly recommend it if you’re into classic recipes.
- 5 T. butter, cubed
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- 6 canned pineapple rings, reserve syrup
- pecan halves, for garnish
- maraschino cherries, for garnish
- 10 T. butter, room temperature
- 1 + ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ cup pineapple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 10-inch cast iron skillet with tin foil.
- Place the 5 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and place in the oven to completely melt the butter. It will take about 5 minutes.
- Once the butter is melted, add in the brown sugar. Stir the brown sugar and butter together carefully using a rubber spatula. You don't want to tear the tin foil at all.
- Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan.
- Place the pineapple slices side-by-side in the bottom of the pan. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring. Between each pineapple ring, add a pecan half.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter and granulated sugar. Mix on medium until combined. The mixture will be crumbly, not light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix each egg thoroughly before adding the next. Scrape down the sides.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a liquid measuring cup, add in the buttermilk. If you don't have buttermilk, use milk and vinegar. I used heavy cream and cider vinegar. Let the milk and vinegar mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
- Add the pineapple syrup into the buttermilk.
- Alternately add the flour and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Mix each addition thoroughly before adding the next addition. The batter will be thick.
- Spread the batter evenly on top of the pineapple topping.
- Place in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until done. Place a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out with moist crumbs, it's done. If there's still batter on the toothpick, let it bake a little longer.
- Remove from the oven. Turn the cake out onto a cake plate. Carefully remove the tin foil from the sides of the cake. Cut and serve!
Head over to the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and check out my fellow bloggers recipes that they’ve created! They have tons of cocktails!
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