Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a lightly greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a 9-inch round cake pan (with sides that are at least 2 inches high) over low heat. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange 7 pineapple slices in a single layer over brown sugar, reserving remaining pineapple slices for another use. Place 1 cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
Beat granulated sugar, oil, and eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in carrots and pecans. Spoon batter over pineapple slices.
Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a serving plate, spooning any topping in skillet over cake.
I love this recipe because it is a snap to put together and does not rely on any mixes. The presentation is gorgeous; always receives compliments. Tastes delicious and isn't over-the-top decadent. Just right!
Delicious......nice flavor twist using pineapple upside down with carrot cake base instead of the usual yellow cake. Great flavor, easy/quick to put together & we love the size for 2 of us. This cake comes out of the pan PERFECTLY for great presentation and 7 pineapple rounds do indeed fit in a 9 inch cake pan! This is my husband's favorite cake next to cheesecake........he had seconds. Definitely will make again! Thanks "My Recipes!"
I made said cake for the family get together on christmas, and it was a hit! It's easy to make, and will fit tons of different occasions. It's not too sweet, so even the not-for-disserts liked it.I changed two things while making it though: I only used 1/3 of the brown sugar, instead of 2/3, then I mixed the other 1/3 in with the sugar mixture. I did that for fear the cake would stick to the pan. And, a 9 inch cake pan can only have 5 slices of pineapple, or at least that's all mine fit.