Cherry Pineapple Cabana Cake

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Need a quick and easy dessert in a flash?  This is the dessert for you.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Is Summer’s Happiest Dessert (Recipe)

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When the summer sun beats down upon my forehead, I often crave the sweet, refreshing taste of pineapple — and when I eat it, I usually feel just a bit cooler. I’ll slice it into spears and eat it on its own, splash its juice into smoothies or margaritas, or even throw it into a sweeter salsa for fish tacos.

The other day, though, I had a hankering for cake, a cake that would suit the sunniest of days. This craving, as most of them do, led me to the internet in search of the perfect recipe.

And thus, a kitchen mission was born: Operation Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Easy on the wallet and easy on the eyes, Family Circle’s pineapple treat is the perfect way to showcase summer’s most cheerful fruit — and to enjoy the equally scrumptious flavors of butter and sugar, of course.

The dessert is a triple threat; one layer closely resembles a light and fluffy angel food cake, another adds an element of decadence with buttery brown sugar, and the last combines picture-perfect pineapple rings and maraschino cherries for a tangy finish. Follow the photo-guided recipe below, fall in love with this drool-inducing recipe, and see why pineapple is my favorite summer symbol (even if it does make my mouth feel a bit tingly!).

The first step (after you totally don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees) is arguably the most fun, as it involves watching a healthy half stick of butter slide across a cake pan until it melts.

Next in the mix is brown sugar, which combines with the melted butter to create a sweet-smelling, toffee-like paste. Spread it evenly until it coats the bottom of the pan with dark and fragrant wonder.

Now, it’s time to be a food artist. Crack open a can of ringed pineapple, and lay each slice side by side in the pan so the edges touch. I made two rows with a gap in the middle, but you’re free to get creative, depending on the shape of your pan.

Sure, you could leave the pineapples empty, but dropping a maraschino cherry inside each ring is so much more satisfying. Admire your handiwork before moving on to the cake section.

Grab a medium-size bowl and whisk together your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and, the unexpected yet completely pleasant, nutmeg. 

In a larger bowl, beat granulated sugar, more butter and eggs until blended.

When the mixture looks ready, beat in half of the flour mixture at a low speed. Then add milk and the leftover pineapple juice from the canned fruit. Finally, dump in the rest of the flour mixture, and beat in one of the most important key players in any dessert: vanilla.

Now, carefully pour the batter over the pineapple-covered pan. After about 40 minutes in the oven (an agonizing wait, I know), the cake will be fully baked and filling your kitchen with the sweetest aroma you’ve ever known.

However, you mustn’t let your eagerness to devour the dessert make you forget the final step: the cooling stage. A 10-minute rest at room temperature prevents the pineapples from sticking to the pan.

Drum roll, please — it’s time for the grand reveal. Place a baking sheet over the cake, put a hand underneath the pan, and flip the whole thing over (hence, upside down cake). You will then be met by the welcome sight of a golden cake, bejeweled with bright pineapples and cherries.

Cut yourself a hearty slice and top with your ice cream of choice. You’ve earned it.

For the full recipe with measurements from Family Circle, click here.

Source: Family Circle / Photo credit: Sara Cagle

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Disneyland Is Selling Dole Whip Cotton Candy! (Photos)

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Everybody knows that a trip to Disneyland is basically just an excuse to indulge the fantastic inner child dwelling inside each of us. It’s called the most magical place on earth for many reasons: the whimsy, the food, the adventure, the favorite childhood characters that come to life (photos below).

And it just keeps getting more magical, because now Disneyland is serving pineapple Dole Whip cotton candy at kiosks for a limited seasonal option.

Dole Whip cotton candy #disney #disneyland #californiaadventure #cottoncandy #pinapple #dolewhip

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Basically, this is what would happen if you took frozen pineapple soft serve (a tangy, sweet, tart and addictive frozen treat) and found a way to whip it up into a delectable and fluffy sweet wad like cotton candy.

Pineapple Dole Whip Cotton Candy! ?????? #disneyland #disneyside #disney #dolewhip #cottoncandy

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Voila! That’s Dole Whip cotton candy.

Do you want to try this stuff out?

Conquered the #DoleWhip cotton candy today. Wasn't super thrilled with it but worth a try!

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Source: PopSugar / Photo Credit: Debbie Wilson/Instagram

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President Of Iceland Would Totally Ban Pineapple Pizza

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For many of us, pineapple is one of the absolute best pizza toppings. It offers a nice sweet contrast to all of the other, saltier toppings. Most people who get pineapple on their pizza pair it with ham, and call it Hawaiian pizza. Personally, I like to have it with chicken and barbecue sauce.

However, as Iceland Magazine reports, not everyone loves the sweet fruit topping on their pizzas. Iceland’s president, Gudni Th. Johannesson, seems to actually despise them. I don’t mean he doesn’t like them, I mean he would consider banning pineapple as a pizza topping if he could do so on his own. That’s some serious anger toward the pineapple!

The conversation started when President Johannesson visited a class of high school students in Akureyri in North Iceland. They were given the opportunity to ask their president all kinds of questions, ranging from his favorite team in the English premiere league, to whether he likes pineapple as a pizza topping. The answer to the first question was pleasant enough (Manchester United, if you’re interested). However, when the pineapple question arose, he apparently showed a strong opposition to the whole idea.

The president with the 97% approval rating did decide, though, that fish is an appropriate pizza topping, and that people should be trying fish on their pizzas instead. Can someone so right (97% is pretty high!) get a pizza recommendation so wrong? I’m not sure, but maybe I’ll try it just because he recommends it.

I won’t lie, though … I do question his taste a little since he doesn’t approve of a pineapple topping. What’s not to like about a nice, sweet flavor mingling with all of the savory goings-on? With the salty chicken or ham and the tomatoey sauce? It’s just over my head. Then again, Hawaii is a long way away from Iceland, so maybe Hawaiian style is just not their taste. Once I try a fish topping, I’ll decide who’s right once and for all.

Source: Iceland Magazine / Photo Credit: Cocoa Cutie/Instagram

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