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Print This Delicious and Healthy Cowboy Skillet Upside Down Cake Recipe

Cowboy Skillet Upside Down Cake Recipe

Why... You ask would anyone want to make a cake in a cast iron skillet? This cowboy trick has been used in our family for generations. The heat off the cast iron skillet is so even that the cake turns out just perfect. And you know that when you are out on the trail the only pan a real cowboy carries is the cast iron skillet.

1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup Chopped pecans
20 oz. can Pineapple slices, drained, reserving 5 Tb of juice
3 Eggs, separated
1 cup Sugar
1 cup All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Maraschino cherries

Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~ 40 to
Pan Type ~ 9 inch cowboy cake skillet
Preheat the oven.

Melt the butter in a 9-inch cast iron cowboy skillet. Add the brown sugar and pecans, stirring well until thoroughly combined. Remove from the heat -- don't cook it. Arrange 8 pineapple slices in a single layer over the brown sugar mixture. Set cowboy skillet aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside.

Beat the egg yolks at medium speed until they are thick and lemon colored. Gradually add the sugar, continuing to beat. Add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture and stir in the reserved pineapple juice.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Pour or spoon cowboy skillet cake batter evenly over the pineapple slices.

Bake cowboy skillet upside down cake. Cool the cake in skillet for 30 minutes. When cooled, invert onto a serving plate. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.

There is a good Cowboy Cookie Recipe on Deerlake Cookies.

Serves 12
Nutrition facts:
Serving Size 229 g
Calories 245
Calories from Fat 89
Total Fat 9.9g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 37.7g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 28.8g
Protein 3.1g
Vitamin A 4% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 4% • Iron 5%

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Sticky sweet forbidden things.
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Pot holders around your prize.
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Suppling Tips for Healthy Homemade Cakes

When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

Green Food:

The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!