An upside-down cake

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April 02, 2003|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Wanda L. Hewett of Spring Lake, N.C., wrote briefly:

"I would appreciate it if you could find me a recipe for a pineapple and macadamia nut cake. I don't know if it is an upside-down cake or not. Thanks for your help."

Sherry Lilley of Sprakers, N.Y., responded with a recipe.

Pineapple-Macadamia Upside-Down Cake

Serves 8 to 10

TOPPING:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup toasted, chopped macadamia nuts (or pecans)

7 fresh pineapple rings, cut 1/4 inch thick (or canned rings, drained and patted dry)

CAKE:

1 1/4 cups flour

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For topping, pour butter into a 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts. Place one pineapple ring in the center of the pan over nuts. Cut remaining rings in half and arrange in a circular pattern. Set aside.

For cake, in a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add milk, butter, egg and vanilla. Blend at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly over pineapple mixture. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 2 minutes. To remove, run knife around edges of pan. Invert onto serving plate; remove pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This is a wonderful cake served warm with vanilla ice cream. The sugar-butter-pineapple mixture forms a caramelized glaze on top of the cake. If some of it sticks to the pan when you invert the cake, remove the stuck pineapple pieces and reposition them on top of the cake. Scrape up any of the sticky caramel on the cake pan and drizzle it back over the cake. The cake itself is a simple, medium-weight ... cake. Don't over bake or the cake part may be a bit dry."

Recipe requests

Jessi Thomas of Ellicott City is seeking a recipe for Chicken Chow Mein "with onions, veggies, bean sprouts and whatever. I can't find any recipes at all."

Marilyn K. Washington of Hastings, Pa., requested a recipe for Spumoni Cheesecake. "I had it in a Mexican restaurant near Prescott, Ariz., and thought it would be easy to duplicate, but it was not. The fruit and nuts settled to the bottom, even when I floured them."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. Please list ingredients in order of use, and note number of servings.

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