Monday, April 18, 2011

Birthday Cake, Vintage Style

So what did we make for George's birthday cake this weekend?

Here it is:

And it was delicious.

This is the recipe we used.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 12 pineapple rings (it takes more than one can for this recipe, so you'll have leftover rings to eat--that's a good problem to have)
  • 12 maraschino cherries (drain and remove their stems)
Melt the butter in a microwave or on the stove top. Pour into a 10x14 baking pan (we used a glass pan). Add the brown sugar and mix well. Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the butter-sugar mixture and place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.

  • 2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (I had bread flour on hand so we used that)
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup of shortening
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk
  •  2 eggs

 Mix all cake ingredients with an electric mixer for 30 seconds on low speed and then for 3 minutes on high speed. You may need to scrape down the bowl to be sure all ingredients are completely mixed in as you are beating. (This is a little different--with most cakes you mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then beat together by adding a little of the dry ingredients alternately with the milk to the other wet ingredients. However this worked very well--the cake is not as fine-textured as most cakes but the taste is delicious.)
A little segue here--
Grace and I did not use an electric mixer. We used my old manual cake mixer that I used to use when we didn't have electricity. It works very well and gives the user a good aerobic workout in the process.

The gears on top provide a lot of velocity to the paddles as they mix.


Now where were we?

Pour the cake batter evenly over the pineapple/cherry mixture. Back for about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and invert onto a serving plate--leave the baking pan over the cake for a few minutes before removing it to be sure all of the topping comes loose and remains on top of the cake instead of in the pan.

The finished product, with beautiful baker:


Mama-Bug said...

What a beautiful cake! That's my hubby's favorite cake. Like that old hand mixer too.

Angela said...

Your cake turned out really pretty! I've never made one before. Happy Birthday George!

Dianna said...

Wow, that old mixer looks like hard work! Your cake is beautiful. That's my hubby's favorite cake: he calls it "pineapple upside-downwards cake"!!
Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting today. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts, and hope you'll visit "These Days" again soon!

Granny Sue said...

The mixer is actually easy to use, Dianna, but it does take some energy :) which young'uns have in abundance anyway. I will be back to your blog again--I hope you keep us posted on your neighbors and their house that was damaged in the tornado.

Country Whispers said...

Yum! That's one of my favorite cakes.
That's a pretty neat mixer. I don't think I've ever seen one like that before.

Granny Sue said...

I'd never seen one before I found this one, Jessica. I bought it about 30 years ago at a flea market for $12. It should have a table clamp with it but that was missing when I bought it. It's fun to use and very efficient.

Angela, I will pass your good wishes on to my son. Thank you! I think he's had a good birthday this year.

Nance said...

I've never seen one of those mixers, Sue. And I thought I knew them all back to the wooden masher. My dad carved me out a wooden potato masher a few years before he died. . . and I have a couple of versions of old hand beaters. But not one like yours. PS: I'm a going to have me a pineapple upside down cake real soon. Thanks for this post.

Brighid said...

Pineapple upside down cake is a family favorite around here. I had never seen a mixer like that, what an interesting one. Will have to keep my eyes pealed for one.

Granny Sue said...

I'd love to see that wooden masher, Nance--that's a real heirloom.

Brighid, I've not seen one before or since. I found a photo online in a 1917 Popular Mechanics mag that shows how to attach a mixer like mine to an electric motor. I will look at the maker name on mine and see if I can find out when it was made, etc.

TheresaandJay said...

What a pretty cake! One of my favorites and Matt's also. Grace is absolutely beautiful. You have lovely grandchildren! :) Love you

Mimi Foxmorton said...

I remember those......

I *love* coming here to remember......


Granny Sue said...

Thanks, Theresa! I think so too, but i'm prejudiced :)

Mimi, come back anytime, always glad for your visits.

Janet, said...

Mom used to make pineapple upside down cakes all the time. They are yummy!

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