Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe - You have to check this one out!

What a great day!  It rained all day long, but I had planned to take the day off from work and just read.  I finished reading the book "Water for Elephants" (but I have to reveal that I already had it half read since Monday).  What a great diversion from the day to day!

My day started with incredible eggs!  I think I've told you all before that I make a habit of chopping an onion and a green pepper each week to streamline my mornings -
That is one reason I have never regretted buying my Cuisinart Mini-chopper!!  So after grabbing these two KEY ingredients to my incredible eggs, I chop a little low fat ham leftover from a previous evening and I'm on my way!

I start with a little cooking spray on the pan, then add a Tbsp of each - onion, green pepper and ham (1pp).  After giving them a few minutes to soften, I crack a fresh egg over them and break the yolk:

 Give it a quick flip to heat through....
 It would have been a 3pp breakfast (2 for the egg and 1 for the ham) but I then decided that it was screaming to be put on a toasted english muffin....
The Thomas' Whole Grain is 3pp each, but the ShopRite Light are just 2pp - so I chose the latter to make mine just a 5pp sandwich.  But...that is where I got tummy got the better of me and I ate the whole thing before I remembered that I never took a photo of it.  Sooo Sorry!!!  It was Soooo Goooood!!!

The day was spent mainly on the couch in my living room I never took photos of lunch, either!  Please forgive me!  To make it up to you, however....I have the scoop on a great new recipe (to me, anyways)...But first a story. 

I was reading all day - oh, that's right, I said that already.  So when I finally finished the book, I took a moment to check my e-mail before I had to run out to the grocery store for something for dinner.  There sat a new message from a dear friend with the recipe below - and she was asking what I thought.  There were incomplete instructions, and no PointsPlus values for it - but a recipe with only TWO ingredients ??- one being cake mix and the other being pineapple ??- WELL, I just HAD to add those two ingredients to my grocery list ASAP.  I then plugged the ingredients into the Recipe Builder on WW Online e-Tools.  Doing that lets you tell it how many servings you'll cut it into and it then calculates the points plus value for it.  So, I figured 12 servings (big ones) and it said 4pp!!  Woo Hoo!!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - 4PP!!

Two easy ingredients:
1- 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple in its own Juice
1- Box of Angel Food Cake mix

Here's how easy this is - put the entire contents of each into a mixing bowl, juice and all.  Mix at medium speed for about 2-3 minutes.  In my Kitchen Aid mixer it was almost to the top of the bowl by the end of 2 minutes!  It beats up like egg whites.  Pour the entire contents into an UNgreased 13X9" pan and level it off.  It practically fills the pan to the brim!  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown on top.  Remove from the oven and loosen the edges of the cake from the pan.  Put a tray over top and flip it carefully.  Let it set like that for a couple of minutes, then remove the pan carefully.  Cut into 12 even peices for 4pp each.

If you are a pineapple lover -as am I - then I'm sure you will find this cake is awesome!  If you look carefully, the whipped cream in the photo above looks a little messed up.  I was shooting it with my Flip camera - and while doing that, my 17 year old was asking about the laundry he was doing (this is a first for him)...and I didn't even notice that the cherry was sliding right off the cake!  Here is the picture at the beginning of the film strip as it first began to take its slide:

Ah, who cares - it all goes to the same place anyways, and my tummy is thankful for that!!

By the way - this recipe was shared with me by a good friend and follower of this blog - THANKS LORI - I love it and I love you for sharing the recipe with me!!


  1. This looks amazing, AND so easy. I have to try it. I'm making a Mother's Day lunch and wanted a light dessert, I think I just found it :) Thanks!

  2. The cake looks great! I'm moving that up to the top of my list of desserts to bake - thanks for sharing!

  3. @ Denise - I never would have imagined this possible with only two ingredients, but it was! I think you'll enjoy the results.

    @ Clare - the hardest part about making this cake is not eating the whole thing in one sitting!! BUT the good news is that the whole cake is just 48 points plus - so if you want, you COULD eat the whole thing as your Weekly Allowance Points ;0) Not that I am recommending it. I'm using this as my "exercise" in self control...I wonder how many activity points I get for that?? LOL