This Hawaiian Punch Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a fun take on a classic using fruit punch soaked pineapple rings and in the cake batter.
If you have ever seen the movie Semi Pro, my hockey team is the hockey version of the Tropics.
Or so we like to joke.
And yes, since I run the team, that makes me Jackie Moon.
Minus the hit single.
We even try and win 4th place.
Which we did one year.
When there were only three teams.
Now that takes talent.
If you are saying how is that possible?
There were only three teams in the division.
Everyone makes the playoffs, even if you don’t win a single game.
So they had to pull a team from the upper division to play us.
But they were still listed as a team not in our division.
Our biggest claim to fame though is the year we won the championship…by forfeit.
We were so proud we had t-shirts made.
And during the pandemic, not to brag or anything, but my team went undefeated.
Granted no one was getting to play but we are still clinging to being undefeated. 😀
What does this have to do with this Hawaiian Punch Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
Well, the movie was on tv the other day.
For some reason, even though we own the movie, we will sit and watch it with commercials.
Throughout the movie they have a saying “Let’s Get Tropical”.
For no real reason I just thought hey, I should soak pineapple rings in Hawaiian Fruit Punch.
I promise it all makes sense in my mind.
And well, you end up with yummy treats when that happens. 🙂
I had bought a bunch of Hawaiian Punch because I’ve been working on a fruit punch jello mold.
Then I tried it as a pound cake.
Which I’m still working on that as well.
I haven’t quite got either of those right.
But this cake I got right the first time around.
P.S. It’s a great day to buy my cookbook Holy Sweet!
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- For the Topping:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- For the Cake:
- 9 pineapple rings, drained, patted dry
- 12 oz Hawaiian Punch Fruit Punch
- 9 maraschino cherries
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup full-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup Hawaiian Punch Fruit Punch
The day before you start you cake.
Place the drained pineapple rings that have been patted dry into a Ziplock bag and pour the 12 ounces of Hawaiian Punch Fruit Punch into the bag.
Let it sit for at least 6 hours and even better overnight. The longer in the bag the more fruit punch the pineapple rings soak up.
For the Cake: