pineapple upside-down cake.

first, i’d like to send a BIG thank you to all my readers today!  all of your emails, messages, comments, and likes on my peanut butter m&m cookies MADE MY DAY. you are all so wonderful.  i’m so glad so many of you made the cookies and loved them.

they’re pretty awesome, huh?

these days my photos are typically taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, but i used my iPhone to take all the photos of my pineapple upside-down cake yesterday. who says you need a fancy DSLR camera to take all your photos?

i’m in loooove with my iPhone. i also looooove pineapple upside-down cake.

this is a win-win post for me.

pineapple upside-down cake is an incredibly light, moist cake with a thick caramelized crust encasing juicy pineapples and sweet cherries. my recipe will have people BEGGING you for more.  and the good thing is that it all comes from a box.

first, round up your ingredients.

prepare the cake according to the box instructions, subbing the pineapple juice for the water.

next, melt butter in a 9×13 baking pan. sprinkle with brown sugar.

line the butter/brown sugar mixture with pineapples and maraschino cherries.pour the cake batter over the pineapples/cherries & bake according to the instructions on the cake box.

while it’s baking, the pineapple juices soak into the cake and the brown sugar/butter caramelize on the bottom to create a thick, irresistible sugary crust.  once it’s done baking, flip it over onto a large plate and watch the juices drip along the sides.  who needs icing when you have caramelized pineapples? this cake will simply blow you away.

you WON’T believe how good this cake is.

pineapple upside-down cake

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
  • 1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350. In 13×9 inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Gently press pineapple slices on brown sugar. Gently press a cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices.
  2. Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  3. Bake 42 to 48 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake. Allow to cool & enjoy!

*serve warm or cool. tastes best when stored covered in the refrigerator.

*want a lighter version? i think i might try this one next time i bake my favorite dessert.

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ps: you may also enjoy these recipes too!

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

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funfetti cake batter blondies

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peeps s’mores & chocolate dipped peeps.

i had a little fun with peeps this weekend. i cannot get enough of those sugary little marshmallow blobs.  so colorful! so sparkly! soooo sugary!

i found the idea for peeps s’mores somewhere on pinterest. are you addicted to pinterest as much as i am? i could waste HOURS on that site….

anyway, as a lover of anything and everything s’mores, i knew i had to whip these peeps s’mores up for easter time. they are so mindnumbingly easy to throw together. grab some graham crackers. sandwich some chocolate and a peep in them. microwave for 20 seconds. smoosh down. boom! peeps s’mores.

while i was throwing these together, i rememberd another peep recipe i recently stumbled upon over at Love From the Oven: chocolate dipped easter peeps. Christi is a peeps master!  her site is another site i could waste HOURS on… 🙂

these are probably even easier than the peeps s’mores. dip peeps into melted chocolate. sprinkle on some sprinkles. allow to cool. eat until your heart’s content. 🙂

i shouldn’t even call these peeps goodies “recipes” since they are SO easy to throw together. perfect for last minute easter treats!

peeps s’mores.

(categorized under holiday & fun sweets)
  • graham cracker sheets
  • chocolate chips (or use a hershey’s bar)
  • peeps

DIRECTIONS

  1. Break graham cracker sheet in half. Set one half aside.
  2. Sprinkle other half with chocolate chips (or a couple small pieces of a hershey’s bar).  Top the chocolate with a peep.
  3. Microwave for about 20 seconds (the peep will begin to puff up). Remove from microwave and top with the reserved graham cracker half.  Squish down.  Enjoy!

chocolate covered peeps.

(categorized under holiday & fun sweets)
originally from Love From the Oven

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the white chocolate bar into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Grab a peep and gently dip it into the pool of melted chocolate. Shake off any excess chocolate. Sprinkle with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  4. Place each peep on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refridgerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Enjoy!
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ps: you may also enjoy these treats too!

peanut butter m&m cookies

peanut butter m&m cookies

pretzel hugs

pretzel hugs

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter rice krispie treats

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strawberry banana muffins.

*editted to add: a BIG thanks to Jamie, a blog follower, for calculating the calorie count on these.  these fat free muffins are only 90 calories each! 🙂

let me show you how muffins are done.

ooey, gooey strawberry banana muffins that are…. wait for it…. FAT FREE.

yes. 100% fat free. what’s my secret, you ask? mashed bananas, applesauce, and fresh sweet strawberries.

i got this recipe idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Averie over @ Averie Cooks.  Averie’s a baking genius. her website is PACKED with several droolworthy cookies, cakes, breads, entrees, and my recent favorite: Oreo Cookie Stuffed Brownies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. need i say more?anyway, Averie’s strawberry banana bread looked amazing, so i added it to my to-bake list. so rich, so moist, and so photogenic! check out her post for some amazing photos.

i made a few changes to her recipe, though.  first, i turned her bread recipe into muffins.  simply because i wanted some portion control (which didn’t help at all since i ate 3 straight out of the oven….) i also reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup and used apple sauce in lieu of oil, making these babies completely fat free.  i’m not even sure how something fat free could taste so… creamy (?) but these totally do. i don’t even know how muffins can be creamy in the first place. these muffins are a miracle. make them now.

strawberry banana muffins

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes 1 dozen muffins

  •  1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 medium banana, divided (mash 1/2 and slice the other half into very thin slices)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced strawberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray muffin tray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, & cinnamon.
  3. Slice the banana in half and mash 1st half with a fork and cut 2nd half into thin slices (set these aside). Add the mashed banana to the dry ingredients and stir.
  4. Add the applesauce, beaten egg white, vanilla and stir until *just* combined. Do NOT overmix.
  5. Gently fold in the strawberries and banana slices. Pour batter into muffin tray, filling about 2/3 of the way up. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Enjoy!
*baking times may vary. i baked mine for about 14 minutes and they were incredibly soft and almost gooey in the centers… just the way i like ’em!
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ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy goodies too 😉

single serving chocolate chip muffin

single serving chocolate chip muffin

 peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

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