Islander Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

My new favorite plant-based cookbook is Carolyn Scott-Hamilton’s The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen (Fair Winds Press, January 2012), a delicious compendium of recipes from around the world. Regardless of any dietary restrictions you may have, The Healthy Voyager cookbook offers alternatives on how to prepare a vast array of popular international recipes. Craving the taste of the Islands? Sink your fork into this yummy Caribbean-inspired vegan dessert.
My new favorite plant-based cookbook is Carolyn Scott-Hamilton’s The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen (Fair Winds Press, January 2012), a delicious compendium of recipes from around the world. Regardless of any dietary restrictions you may have, The Healthy Voyager cookbook offers alternatives on how to prepare a vast array of popular international recipes. Craving the taste of the Islands? Sink your fork into this yummy Caribbean-inspired vegan dessert.

Islander Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Serves 6

For topping:

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  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
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  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
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  • 1 small pineapple, sliced into thin rings or 1 (19-ounce) can pineapple slices
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  • 6 pitted cherries, halved

For cake:

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  • 1 cup cake flour
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  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
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  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
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  • 3 egg replacers
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  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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  • 1/2 cup soymilk

Directions:

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  1. For the topping, melt the butter in an ovenproof 9-inch skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir until a caramel-type sauce begins to form, 2 to 3 minutes.
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  3. Remove skillet from the heat and arrange the pineapple slices on the bottom of the skillet and place a cherry-half round-side down into the holes in the pineapple slices.
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  5. For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
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  9. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg replacers, one at a time. Add vanilla and beat again.
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  11. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with the milk, and beat until smooth. Pour cake mixture over pineapples in the skillet.
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  13. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.
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  15. Run a knife or spatula around the outside edges to loosen and invert the cake onto a serving plate.

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