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Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This is our Grandmother's most famous recipe. It is a recipe special enough for any occasion, everyone will want seconds!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake, Pineapple
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 can pineapple slices
  • to taste maraschino cherries
Lightning Cake Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/4 c oil
  • 2 eggs
  • milk a few tablespoons
  • 1 t vanilla
  1. Melt butter in a 10 inch iron skillet. Add the brown sugar and heat slowly until the sugar and butter blend and begin to bubble.

  2. Arrange half slices of pineapple standing against the sides of the pan. Arrange remaining slices flat in the pan on the brown sugar mixture. Put cherries in the center of the pineapples. 

  3. Pour lightning cake batter into the pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until pick comes out clean. 

Mother's Lightning Cake
  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder. 

  2. Into a measuring cup, pour oil then drop in eggs. Fill the cup to 7/8 full with milk (only a few tablespoons, do this slowly). 

  3. Make a well into the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Add vanilla and beat until well mixed. 

  4. Bake at 350 degrees

Recipe Notes

When making this, we did not have a round cast iron skillet and made this in a glass baking dish. If making in a glass dish, reduce the oven temp to 325 and cook for approximately 40 minutes.