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UPSIDE-DOWN PINEAPPLE RUM CAKE

VANILLA PUDDING AND RUM MAKES THIS CAKE ULTRA-MOIST AND DECADENT. TOPPED OFF WITH PECANS AND PINEAPPLES, THIS RECIPE IS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY TREAT!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 PEOPLE

Ingredients
  

CAKE TOPPING

  • 6 TBSP UNSALTED BUTTER MELTED
  • 1/2 CUP LIGHT OR DARK BROWN SUGAR PACKED
  • 6 SLICES PINEAPPLE
  • 1/2 CUP PECANS PIECES

RUM SYRUP

  • 4 TBSP BUTTER UNSALTED
  • 1/2 CUP WHITE SUGAR
  • 1/4 CUP DARK RUM
  • 2 TBSP PINEAPPLE JUICE OR WATER

CAKE

  • 2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 TSP SALT
  • 1 CUP WHITE SUGAR
  • 1 CUP VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1/2 CUP PINEAPPLE JUICE
  • 3 LARGE EGGS
  • 1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1 (3.4 OZ) INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING

Instructions
 

CAKE TOPPING

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • For the cake topping, add the melted butter to the tube pan and use a brush to coat the sides of the pan.
  • Spread the brown sugar evenly around the bottom of the tube pan.
  • Line the bottom of the pan with the pineapple slices.
  • Spread the pecans evenly over the top of the pineapple slices.
  • Set aside.

RUM SYRUP

  • In a medium-sized saucepan combine all the syrup ingredients.
  • Bring to a rapid boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly.
  • Remove from heat and set aside until cake is ready to be coated.

CAKE

  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the following ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder,salt, sugar, pudding mix, and vegetable oil until thoroughly combined. Batter will be thick.
  • Beat in the pineapple juice, then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Scrape the sides of the mixer as necessary. 
  • Add vanilla at low speed and mix for 1-2 minutes.
  • Bake for 40 – 50 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 5-10 minutes and then carefully flip the cake onto a serving dish.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Poke holes all over the cake with a long skewer.
  • Pour or brush the cake with the rum syrup until all the syrup is used. Enjoy!
Keyword CAKE, DESSERT, RUM