Pineapple cake works for all the right reasons. The dough isn't overly sweet like one from a cake mix batter; store bought cakes have a high ratio of sugar to flour. The pineapple is sweet but tart. Pineapple Crumb Cake has the perfect flavor. The topping is made with sugar, cinnamon and butter, which represents everything that's right in the world.
1 cup Butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups Sugar
3 Egg yolks
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 medium Pineapple (2 pounds)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~ 55 -
Pan Type ~ 10 x 2 inch round Pan
In a large mixer bowl, beat 1 stick butter and 3/4 cup of sugar
until light and fluffy. Add the whole egg and continue beating until well
blended. Gradually add the egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each
addition. Beat in the vanilla.
Sift together 1 1/4 cups of the flour, add the baking powder. Stir into the butter mixture. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Cut the skin and eyes from the pineapple. Quarter and core the pineapple. Cut the quarters crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices. Layer the slices in concentric circles on top of the batter, overlapping slightly and leaving a margin of about 1 inch around the edge.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the remaining 1 stick butter.
Let cool slightly.
In a medium bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/4 cups flour and the cinnamon. Pour the melted butter over flour mixture and rub together with your fingertips to form coarse pea-size crumbs. Scatter the crumbs evenly over the pineapple and batter.
Bake Pineapple Crumb Cake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
Turn pineapple cake out onto a plate and remove the paper. Invert back onto a rack to cool.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!