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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 9 servings (serving size: 1 cake square)
This lightened version of an old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake is full of the flavor you expect, as well as the pineapple slices with cherries in the middle, but has less than 8 grams of fat per serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup fat-free caramel topping
  • 9 maraschino cherries, drained
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Nutrition Information

  • calories 264
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 45.1 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • cholesterol 65 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 280 mg
  • calcium 68 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Press 9 pineapple slices between paper towels until barely moist; set aside. Reserve the remaining pineapple for another use.

  3. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; drizzle caramel topping over bottom of pan. Arrange prepared pineapple slices in a single layer over caramel; place 1 cherry in the center of each slice.

  4. Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at high 1 minute or until the butter melts. Add sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add eggs, and stir well. Stir in low-fat buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (buttermilk through baking soda). Lightly spoon 1 1/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add flour, stirring just until blended (do not overstir). Pour the batter into prepared pan.

  5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 1 minute in pan on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of the cake, and invert onto plate. Cool completely. Cut cake into squares.