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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pineapple, Cinnamon and Allspice Cake

Pineapple, Cinnamon and Allspice Cake
Pineapple, Cinnamon, and Allspice Cake
Do you remember me telling you that I would share my Pineapple Garlic Upside Down Cake with you one of these days?  Well...this is a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, of sorts...but it isn't that day.  What's that I sense?  Relief?  I understand.  But we'll talk about that when the day is right.

For now, let's talk exotic.  Let's talk food that can seduce even before it is baked.  It's true.  Picture, if you will, a syrup laced with freshly ground warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.  Now imagine it bubbling away gently on the stove, filling the kitchen with an air of romance.  Envision it weaving its way lazily through the holes in the window screens; mesmerizing passers-by.  As it floats past their nostrils, it conjures up visions of a warm, inviting kitchen with a girl in a peasant blouse and skirt at the stove.  Face pink.  Wispy tendrils of hair curling at her moist neck.  Wooden spoon guided by a sure hand.  They pass the remainder of their day in something of a trance...
Pineapple, Cinnamon and Allspice Cake
Now imagine that in cake form.  That's what this is.

If you're a fan of pineapple, you might also want to check out this Pineapple-Ginger Elixir recipe, this Grilled Pineapple Whisky Smash cocktail, these Pineapple Tarts, and this Ambrosia Salad with fresh pineapple!

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Pineapple, Cinnamon and Allspice Cake

Pineapple, Cinnamon and Allspice Cake

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 1 hour and 20 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 40 mins
Let the infusion of warming spices seduce you with each and every bite of this pineapple upside down cake.


For the spice mixture:
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 allspice berries
  • zest of half a lemon
For the syrup:
  • juice of 2 clementines
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 pineapple (~2 3/4 pounds)
For the cake:
  • 8 ounces + 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a 9 1/2" springform cake pan with foil to cover the bottom and sides.
Spice mix:
  1. Place everything in a spice grinder and grind to a coarse powder. Set aside. This should yield 2 teaspoons.
  1. Put clementine juice, butter, and sugar in a small pan with 1/2 teaspoon of the spice mixture; bring to a boil. Decrease heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until a thick caramel syrup is formed. It will smell like you've been transported to heaven. Just sayin'.
Finishing the cake:
  1. Peel and core the pineapple. Cut into 1/4" slices. Leave whole or cut into smaller pieces and fit the pineapple pieces into the bottom of the lined pan in a single layer.
  2. Beat the butter until light and fluffy and then beat in the sugar for a bit longer. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then sift the flour and baking powder in; beat to combine. Carefully add the milk in a thin stream and beat until uniform. Add the final 1 1/2 teaspoons of the spice mixture and mix until just combined.
  3. Pour the heavenly syrup over the pineapple in the cake pan, making sure it covers pretty evenly. Spoon the cake batter (it will be thick) over everything and smooth out the top.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 350° F. and continue baking for an hour and ten minutes longer (1 hour 20 minutes total), covering with foil after the first hour. The cake will be very golden and pass the toothpick test.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before turning out onto a serving plate. Move the bottom of the cake pan and peel away the foil. I like it best warm, and it's awesome with slightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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