Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I really wanted to make pineapple upside down cake when we were doing the color yellow a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we never got to it. That, however, did not change the fact that I really wanted pineapple upside down cake. I realized we haven't made this in almost two years. We originally made it when we were doing the letter U (for upside down).  So we made this last night when grandpa was here for a visit (grandma is still down here helping out).

3 TBS butter
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (drain juice and reserve 1/2 cup)
8 maraschino cherries (we used 16)
1/4 cup walnut halves
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
(This recipe was found at

The girls took turns cutting off a tablespoon of butter to place in the bowl to melt in the microwave.

It was then poured into the pan (we use a 9X9 square pan because we don't own a round pan)

The girls then arranged the cherries and the walnuts:

Then they sprinkled the brown sugar on.

I put the pineapple on top of the brown sugar and we set the pan aside while we made the batter.
Then we creamed the shortening and sugar.

The next step is to add the egg and vanilla and beat it well.

It was then time to sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Unfortunately I forgot to measure them into a separate bowl. I had the girls put the dry ingredients in with the sugar/shortening mixture. It didn't hurt the recipe though. 

So we just mixed it all together, adding the pineapple juice.

Then we spooned the batter over the pineapple in the pan.

Daddy enjoyed the remaining pineapple juice.

Amelia insisted on getting a picture of me putting the cake in the oven.

The girls love watching their creations bake (and other foods too).

Of course, because Amelia needed the picture of me putting the cake IN the oven, Tabitha needed her turn to take a picture.

Here is a picture of the girls the last time we made this. Wow, have they grown in the last 2 years. 
(Hannah was just a baby last time.)

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
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  1. Such adorable helpers! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with us at Kids in the Kitchen! :)

  2. I am visiting via the blog hop and am now following your cute blog:>
    Would love for you to come by and visit:>

  3. Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorite things to make! Looks like you all had a great time making it!

  4. We love pineapple upside-down cake too! We made it a few weeks ago :-)

  5. love how you got the girls involved! Glad they are doing better - Praise God!

  6. Great job Momma! My kids love to cook too! We started early like you :)

  7. Great recipe. I pinned it. Thanks!

  8. I came to leave a message the other day and the computer froze up! But looks so yummy, as always...thanks for sharing at BTT!

  9. Thanks for joining us on Kids in the Kitchen! they are the cutest little helpers ever!


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