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Pineapple Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Rebecca Donnelly

Prep time 5 mins
Bake time 35 mins
Cool time 10 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Pineapple Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake puts a holiday spin on a traditional cake that will have your guests coming back for more.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch cast iron or heavy ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Tilt skillet to coat sides. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 cup brown sugar. Arrange pineapple on bottom of skillet; set aside.

  2. Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

  3. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 cup hot water, molasses, and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Whisk in egg.

  4. Add butter mixture gradually to flour mixture, stirring until well blended. Pour batter into prepared skillet.

  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a round platter. Scrape any sugar mixture left in skillet over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.