You've heard the saying "if life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? Well, if life gives you a sour (or tart) pineapple, make this pudding cake. While I was out with my Aunt on the weekend, I was explaining how it's disappointing when you pick a pineapple and it's sour. My son and I love pineapple and eat it quite often, especially in the warmer months, but get disappointed when it's sour and nearly inedible.
My Aunt told me about a recipe that my Nanna (her Mum) would make all the time when the pineapples were a little tart. Just grate the pineapple, put it in a baking dish, top with a sprinkling of brown sugar and then a basic cake mixture and bake until brown. Serve with cream or ice cream.
It took me all of 5 minutes while I was getting dinner ready. I didn't think much of it when I pulled it out of the oven. It looked pretty bland. I thought I'd just try a corner bit (like I usually do) and OH. EM. GEE! I have never tasted a pudding/cake/dessert as nice as this. I called my son straight away to taste it and he gave a big thumbs up. I never saw him eat his dinner so quickly just so he could have dessert.
It was like a self saucing pudding, with a light, sweet smooth pineapple bottom. I just used a vanilla cake box mix I found in the cupboard left over from the big birthday cake bake-off that happens every November but you could use any basic cake recipe. I think the No Fuss Fudge Cake recipe I use all the time would be perfect for this. I know it'll be too hot for puddings soon but I might have to make an allowance for this. This was just gorgeous! Thanks Aunty!
Pineapple Pudding Cake
- fresh pineapple, grated
- enough brown sugar to sprinkle lightly on top of pineapple
- vanilla cake box mix (I used half the cake batter as I only had a small amount of pineapple left) or basic sponge or cake recipe
- Grease a baking dish or cake tin to suitable to hold the amount of pineapple you have.
- Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar.
- Top with cake batter and bake until cooked through and browned on top.