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How to make a Classic dessert: Pineapple Upside-down Cake!

How to make a Classic dessert: Pineapple Upside-down Cake!

Now here’s a beautifully wonderful classic dessert that I haven’t tried for ages!!  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever even tried making it before, but the last time I tried tasting it was ages ago for sure!  I saw a delicious photo of this cake made by Averie Sunshine over at Averie Cooks and I couldn’t stop staring at the photos, with mouth watering.  After that, I was just waiting for a special occasion…..

A very special occasion soon came to pass, the double birthday of my dear Father- and Sister-in-law!  So I tried out the cake…and well….it was…….everything I had hoped.

The recipe from Averie Cooks is super!  And quite easy.  Brown sugar and butter glaze, with sliced pineapple and maraschino cherries, covered in sour cream batter.  Bake, rest, flip, photograph, eat!  Here are a few how-to-assemble-the-cake photos that I took as I whipped together this baby:how to make pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com - Page 012 how to make pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com - Page 011 how to make pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com - Page 010 how to make pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com You can find the recipe here on Averie Cooks.  I added my photos so you can see how I layered the pineapple and cherries.  The only thing that I did differently from her recipe was to use a 10 inch round pan instead of a 9 inch one and to accidentally put the side pineapple pieces upside-down!  oh, and a few extra cherries!  It was so easy to flip it out of the pan after it had baked and rested awhile…123 flip!  I had to take a whole bunch of photos of the luscious beauty….classic pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com

See the yummy sweet juiciness? classic pineapple upside-down cake how to by denna's ideas

Since I used a slightly larger pan, the batter wasn’t very deep, but that was fine.  The taste was……….so…………wonderful!!classic pineapple upside-down cake how to by denna's ideas

Here’s my little glass hen, coming to check it out…classic pineapple upside-down cake how to by denna's ideas

For some reason the flavor of this cake transported me to my childhood….(though my Mom says she didn’t make it very often)

classic pineapple upside-down cake how to by denna's ideas

The lovely cake was devoured quite quickly, though it was very very sweet.  Needs a cold glass of milk!  Even with all my photos of the cake, the ones on the blog with the recipe are even more amazing! 🙂classic pineapple upside-down cake how to by denna's ideashow to make pineapple upside-down cake by dennasideas.com Ahem, if you know me, you know that my in-laws live very far away….so they didn’t actually get to taste the cake….um, we gobbled it down while we thought of them.  It’s our way of celebrating….. 😉


Baby Boy Birthday Cake Topper


Have some more birthday cake!!  Here’s the paper cake topper that goes along with my last post for a Baby Boy Birthday card.  I saw these printables for a paper jungle train…usually they are used for favor boxes at a party…but I thought I could shrink them down and use them for a cake topper, just for something different for a One Year Birthday cake.

You can find the jungle animals and paper carts for downloading here at Paperglitter.  As I mentioned in my last post, I used 2 kits, the colorized version and the blank Color-Me version….I felt like mixing and matching!  First I printed out the color-me carts on kraft paper, shrinking them down to 45%.  The colorized animals I printed at 48% to get them just a tad larger.  

You can customize the text, so I wrote something different on each cart.  On one side of the first cart was HAPPY HAPPY, and on the other side of the same cart it said FELIZ FELIZ.  the next cart said BIRTHDAY and CUMPLEANOS.  So each cart had the English on one side and the Spanish on the other…so later on I could decide which side I wanted to have facing the front.  I don’t know why, but I put the English side facing out….here’s the back view, I should have done it the other way around!!  Oh well, everyone at the party spoke both languages! 🙂In planning it all out, it helped to jot down a plan (so I wouldn’t mess something up!), like which animal was going with with word on which cart!  After cutting out the carts, sticking the edges together with double sided tape,  I printed out the color-me  jungle leaves on light green cardstock and cut them out.  For the wheels, I decided to use my new button punch and a solid color cardstock instead of the printable wheels.  Here’s the button punch/embosser (from Martha Stewart) I love it!:After assembling the carts and cutting out the animals, I taped each animal onto a toothpick and then taped one inside of each cart.  Then before I glued the wheels on I taped a toothpick (the flat kind) to the back of each cart, right where a wheel would go, and stuck the wheel on over it.  (note: also a good idea to plan out which side of each cart the toothpick should go!) Back view:(I was in a rush, that’s why the tape is visible.  The best way would be to glue, or maybe even hot glue, everything on with time for them to dry, then you wouldn’t see any tape!)  Here’s the front of the cart:After the four carts are all assembled with wheels and animals, then make your cake!! haha.  Long pause…………I wanted 2 different sized layers, since I wasn’t sure if the whole jungle train would fit across the 6 inch layer cake. ( The cake ended up being yellow and light teal alternating layers inside).  I was trying reallly hard to match the icing color up with the cardstock wheel color!!

After the cake was iced,  I carefully stuck each little cart on.  Some of them could have probably used 2 toothpicks to help stabilize them, but I just tried to push the wheels of the end carts into the sides of the cake!Without too much rearranging, I was pleased with the “random” train across the cake.  Looks like they are going for a wild ride!When the carts were pushed into the cake, I joined them up with the little jungle leaves (with little slits cut into them).I photographed the cake at home, and then took it to the party….not realizing how windy is was outside!!  The little paper train shifted a bit, but we were able to get it to the party intact!!  (Just a few leaves needed to be stuck back on).

Oh yes, don’t forget to add the Birthday Boy’s name and age!!The birthday boy seemed happy with his jungle animal train cake!!  Happy First Birthday!!

Mermaid Party


Under the ocean blue, swam a mermaid or two, a school of fish, a sugar starfish, and an octopus cried boo hoo! (he was about to be mermaid food!)

For weeks my daughter and I had been planning her mermaid party (for her 6th birthday), and the day finally arrived!  Mermaid invitations had been sent out:

Everything for the party had been thought out, but we had to do all the decorating last minute! (nothing new there!) Our dining room was transformed into under the sea caverns.  Blue and purple origami fish swam by in schools (made by little mermaid’s big mer-sister!)Under the table was the Secret Sea Cavern, where the girls could hide, relax on some sand-colored pillows and blankets and watch some Backyardigans mermaid movies for a little while…This little mermaid was hanging around in her undersea world (hanging from some fishing line) She was the inspiration for this party!  See Mermaid Color Palettes.  Swimming by was her friend the Paper Jellyfish.Starfish crafts were popular and expanded the undersea population.  How-tos for crafts are here.Many of them drifted up into the “fishing net” suspended from the ceiling.Silver glinted off the walls of the undersea caverns.  (10 minute picture frame makeover: just covered up my wall-art with wrinkled tissue paper and ripped silver wrapping paper and secured with lots of green painters tape on the back!)A sandy sand castle complete with shells and starfish appeared on the bottom of the ocean, along with beach glass and that rock that floats: pumice…

Mermaidy mirrors were around (dollar store) so our little mermaids could check out their face-paint (face painting by mermaid Avery)!Surrounded by sea friends, our little mermaids were starting to feel hungry….but not exactly for seafood!See some more under the sea party food ideas here.  Guzzling down the “goldfish guts punch” (named by Carrie….hey get out of that punch!), the girls also munched on veggies and octopus dip, “clam sandwiches” and other goodies like oatmeal sand dollar cookies.This is the octopus that was about to get eaten!!After munching away for awhile, the little mermaids smacked around the piñata for a bit….just waiting their turn….to rip up the piñata!!And after that, time to gobble up the purple octo pops that they had made during “crafting” time.The party favor bags (piñata bags) were really organza wine-bottle covers from the 50 cent bin at Michaels, just perfect colors.  Add a mermaid fin (glue or sew) and some fishy tags for great party bags!A few more crafting ideas:  cute clothespin mermaids….(painted body or silver paper wrapped body, glitter glue and ribbon)…and a bottle filled with sand, paper “lucky stars” and shells and a small paper boat (this would be more fun for the boys…if any were brave enough to show up at a mermaid party!)Wrap the end with “pearl” bracelets from the dollar store (I sure got a lot of use out of those bracelets!!)The girls (and I) decorated some cake box favors, and I made some to match the cake,

Here are some variations of mermaid cake.  🙂Ahh, we’ve come to the end of another party!  And I know the photos make everything look less crazy than they really were, but that’s ok.  My little mermaid and I had fun (and work) celebrating her birthday.  I think she’s already coming up with ideas for next year’s party…..!

Chillbots: Retro Robot ice cubes and candy Bots


This could be the life of your next party!!  Your next robot party, that is.  This will give your robo party that totally cool touch.  Amazingly retro and robotical!!  Or it will give you a nervous breakdown.

It seemed like such a goooood idea in the beginning.  I have been wanting to have a robot party for a longish time.  Don’t ask me why.  I just have.  And all of a sudden, I found this in the aisle of my local Winners store.  (Have you noticed yet that it’s one of my favorite stores?)

Look at it closely!!  How perfect!!!  And such a price! (kind of).  Another fun Fred product!I was excited already!!  Here’s the ice cube mold…Now to try it out!!  I tinted some water blue and tried to carefully pour it into all the small forms on the tray.  Freeze for awhile..and now comes the hard part, popping out all those little figures!

Those robots are super cute, but those little “hands” just cracked right off!  I made a few more batches, green and such.They make cool photos, even if some of their legs are just tossed in the pile!and some more…I just couldn’t stop taking the lil’ bot’s photos….And then they finally made it into our soda pop…fizz! glub, glub!Kinda cute.  Realistically, you have to make the ice cubes maybe a day or two ahead and make batches and batches to fill up everyone’s cup.  They were pretty tricky to pop out of the mold….but not as tricky as the other thing that was tried with the chillbots mold….Candy Bots!!  We filled the mold with melted Wilton candy melts…then carefully tried to pop them out….most of their little claws broke off, and just about every robot lost a leg or two….but that was easy to fix with more melted candy melts and it was also easy to “glue” the winders (keys) onto the backs of the robots with a little more melts, for a wow effect!  They made the perfect toppers for a fun robot birthday cake!And for around the edges, too….(the white buttercream cake was sprayed with food-safe silver spray paint)Cute robots, and yummy, too.  But don’t know if I want to try them again!!  I felt so upset every time one of their little legs ripped off!  It was rather traumatic for all of us!  But the cake and the party turned out great and my robot craving was satisfied.

Gibson Electric Guitar cake


I had an unexpected project this last weekend.  A friend called me up and asked if I could make a guitar cake for her brother’s 40th birthday, and could it be life-sized?  What a challenge!  Right away I googled “guitar cakes” to see what was online, then my friend sent me a photo of one of her brother’s guitars.  So I did a bit of research, since I didn’t even know what a Gibson guitar was.  And now I know a few more things about these electric guitars…like that the color is called Chicago Blue!

I found my trusty old cake pan (trusty, not rusty) that my mom and I used to use for wedding cakes…For some reason, I wanted to make a chocolate and cherry cake, so decided to make different layers.  This took a bit of experimenting.  The big round cake for the body, and then I did a couple of loaf pan cakes for the neck of the guitar…My brain was twisting, trying to figure out the best way of doing this…putting the cake on the cake board and cutting it, or shaping it before putting it on the board….??  I ended up filling and stacking the cakes while they were still on the baking racks…It seemed like a good idea…the chocolate layer with choco-brandy icing went ok, then the cherry layer with gooey cherry icing…And then I had to flip the vanilla layer upsidedown and position it over the cherry layer……waaaahh!!!It didn’t work!  Honestly, this was the point that I was going to burst into tears!  But I knew that “time was of the essence” so I just kept on….I had to cut the top layer up a bit, to get it back on properly, so the top of the cake was a bit patched up…

My husband helped me out so much getting this cake together (well, not in stacking up the layers, heh heh).  He traced out our paper blueprints for the guitar.  Later, I made up a list of all the little parts/knobs and stuff that needed to go onto it.Out of the rolled out marshmellow fondant, I started cutting out all the “hardware” for the guitar.Some tiny details…Trying out the silver edible spray paint:

Here are some action shots of me flipping the cake…they were quite heavy, but had to be flipped around to get it on the cake board.This is the one thing that I’m good at: keeping my cupboard doors closed…wouldn’t you know that because I was rushing around, one was open and appeared in the photo…that’s why I blurred it out!Carefully cutting through the layers..It ended up that there was enough layer cake from trimming the body, to use on the neck of the guitar, with only a bit of chocolate loaf cake for the head.After that things were so crazy busy there wasn’t even a second to snap some photos.  I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my husband’s help.  We slapped it together pretty quick….it was all the prep work that took forever…

Here’s some of the marshmallow fondant, and then skipping to the finished cake:Of course I didn’t notice till I saw the photos that some of the strings were twisted, they jumped a bit when the cake was moved.Working up to the last second:I called the filling “cherry neapolitan”What a big cake challenge, but fun, in a crazy kinda way!

Rainbow cake, bunting and banners…


This is what I was up to after our little Cinco de Mayo celebration:  a baby shower.  I find myself going crazy for cakes, cupcakes, party banners and pretty much anything to do with party decorations.  Sometimes, it’s all I think about.  I’m not sure why, all of a sudden, but there you go….anyone need a cake/cupcakes for a party?  Just let me know!  And if you live far away and would like me to create some party printables for you, just let me know, too! 😉

For this baby shower, I used a digital kit called “i (heart) animals” from Ju Kneipp Designs.  I tried to make the cake match the decorations!  This shower was supposed to be “gender neutralish” because no one knew who baby is yet: he or she?  I thought this was a fun kit to work with, with cute colors, especially the dash of orange!  (I had wanted to make an orange layer for the cake, that would have been super dooper, but wasn’t able to squeeze that out of my time and energy….heh heh).

Taste the Rainbow and Owl Party….and a Graffiti Cake!

Taste the Rainbow and Owl Party….and a Graffiti Cake!

We’ve been gearing up for awhile for my daughter’s birthday party…visions of rainbows and owls danced in our heads…(that means we’ve been looking at lots of ideas on Pinterest, and it just happens that we both like rainbows and owls, two popular fads right now).  Here are some pics of the party, and later I’m going to post some “how to’s”.  (Right now I’m visiting my parents and my sister and her family…and brand new baby Micah!)

Don’t rainbows just make you feel happy?!  Even just seeing these rainbow balloons on the banister cheered me up every time I saw them!

The rainbow and owl fun started off with invites that we digitally made and had printed as photos.  I made a rainbowy banner (that also had some small owls on it!)

Days before the party, the kids were busy assembling paper owls….the cutest little things….from this site: http://www.3eyedbear.com/2011/01/14/owl/  we printed out a bunch in different colors.  I just love them!

I tried to find as many bright things as possible for the table setting.

Even one of the presents was wrapped in rainbows!

I just had to make these owl treat bags…the eyes are either super cute or slightly spooky….but I loved them!

We had to “taste the rainbow” so of course Skittles candies had to appear somewhere. I put candy into mason jars and  covered the tops of them with napkins (cut the edge into scallops) and tied on with ribbon.

After punching out a bunch of tiny owls from patterned scrapbook paper, the scraps were so cute I didn’t want to throw them away, so I stuffed them all into a large pickle jar….it looked cute and matched so nicely with everything and was large enough to make a statement (I had to fill a smaller jar with the candy…that didn’t give enough “punch for the penny”! -I think I made that up…-)

The centerpiece was the cake….I covered the cake in white fondant, and made a little owl for the top:

and then, one of the activities of the party was to have the guests “decorate” or more accurately, graffiti the cake!

Everyone had fun writing on the cake with edible markers!

It was pretty spectacular, I must say!!!  I found the idea here:  http://sweetapolita.com/2011/04/rainbow-doodle-birthday-cake/ I guess when it’s a little kid’s party you can call it doodling….when it’s for tweens…graffitied seems more like it!!

but the best part was hearing the gasps when the cake was cut into!

lovely lovely rainbows!

I am going to post some of the step by step pics about the rainbow layer cake later…with some of the extra batter, I made quick cupcakes, they were more for decoration….and owl toppers out of paper:

I’m afraid the birthday girl was sick, so to not spread her germs around by blowing out her candles, she waved them out (more like karate chopped them out!) oops, didn’t have a photo of that, but here’s another one….

Oh, here, I found the chopping photo…

yay! the best part is always pleasing and surprising the kids! 😉

more about rainbows later…..:)