Upside-down cakes are classically made in a cast-iron skillet because it gives the cake a crisp edge, cooks it evenly, and keeps it moist.
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, undrained
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 banana)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Melt butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet; sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Drain pineapple slices over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Place 1 pineapple ring in center of skillet. Cut remaining pineapple rings in half; arrange around center pineapple ring. Sprinkle evenly with coconut. Set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl. Combine reserved juice, banana, oil, and egg, stirring with a whisk. Add pineapple juice mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined. Pour flour mixture over coconut. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Very moist with tropical flavors. I cut back the amount of sugar and it still came out supper sweet. Used only 1/2 cup of brown sugar and unsweetened coconut flakes. Did not have a cast iron skillet, so I just used a round cake pan. Next time I would drain the pineapple and press out more juice, because the bottom layer is a little wet.
This cake was amazing. Super easy to make, incredibly moist, and delicious! I don't care for bananas, but even I really liked this cake. It got rave reviews in my house, and has now been demanded as the birthday cake of choice! This one is absolutely a keeper.