Today is my Emma’s birthday. She’s four. Already. I’m not quite certain how the time has flown by so quickly but here we are. She’s in junior kindergarten, has friends she’s made without me introducing her and has decided that when she grows up, she’d like to be a dancer, minstrel and paediatrician.
We had a birthday celebration this past weekend and she requested it be a luau. The weather gods cooperated and at one point, we ended up with 13 children (and many of the adults!) in our garden wearing leis and grass skirts – some dancing the hula and others playing limbo. It was a fantastic celebration filled with family, friends and a lot of love. Love directed towards my little baby girl. Only she’s not a baby anymore – she’s four!
For her cake, Emma asked for a pineapple upside down cake. It was the first cake I ever made for her and she fell in love with it right from the start. I, too, have always loved it so when this was her request, I had to deliver.
With our growing guest list and our darling nearly 5 month old nearly always in tow, entertaining a large crowd would be difficult. As a result, I decided to go with pineapple upside down mini-cakes to eliminate the need to slice a cake and distribute to all of our guests. Easy, right?
Let me tell you – these turned out to be more difficult than I thought they would be! The test cakes tasted great – except they were so small I could eat six. And arranging the pineapple so it would look attractive was very finicky and time consuming work. Not to mention the impact overflowing caramel has on one’s smoke detector – and children.
When the recipe was finalized, the results were worth the effort. And now, looking back, this is such an easy-to-make cake. The cake was moist and light and the sweetness of the caramel complemented the tart pineapple on the topping. They were so popular at her party that I nearly didn’t get a chance to eat one, let alone photograph one. In fact, the one in the picture was rescued just moments before a guest started to make their way to collect it.
So, dear Emma, I hope that you enjoyed the pineapple upside down cakes for your birthday.
You are the brightest, kindest, most loving and thoughtful little girl I’ve ever known. I’m so happy that you’re mine!
Happy birthday darling!
Tips and Suggestions:
- Remember to run a knife around the edge of each cake after removing them from the oven. This will ensure that the sides won’t stick to your muffin tin when you turn them out.
- This recipe works for a 9″ round cake as well as 6 jumbo muffin cakes.
- Chop some maraschino cherries to sprinkle along with the pineapple for a pretty contrast.
- This cake is best the day it is made or the following day.