June 11, 2012

Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Dear Self,

School's out. Lord, help me!

The kids aren't little anymore but that doesn't mean they aren't as high maintenance.  Quite the opposite really.

Having an older boy and a younger girl so close together means you get to experience puberty with both children at the same time.   That whole girls mature faster than boys thing.  Yeah, it's true.

My kids just may kill me when they get older and read my blog to find out I'm talking to the internet world about their puberty.  But I have to get it off of my chest.

Mood swings,  rolling eyes, squeaky voice, boobies, bras, and zits.


A little girl goes to the barber shop with her father.

She stands next to the barber chair, while her dad gets his hair cut, eating a snack cake.

The barber says to her, "Sweetheart, you're gonna get hair on your Twinkie."

She says, "Yes, I know, and I'm gonna get boobs too."

During these hectic times, I like to turn to recipes that are easy peasy and this one fit the bill.

Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Yield about 10 servings

Ingredients for Topping:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapalle slices
  • Marachino cherries
Ingredients for the Cake:
  • 1 package Duncan Hines Signature Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix
  • 1 (1.4 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350
For Topping:
  1. Melt butter over low heat in 12-inch cast iron skillet or skillet with oven proof handle.  Remove from heat.  Stir in brown sugar.  Spread to cover bottom of skillet.  Arrange pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries in skillet.  Set aside.
For Cake:
  1. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil in large mixing bowl.  Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes.  Pour batter evenly over fruit in skillet.
  2. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Using oven mitts to handle pan, invert onto serving plate immediately after removing cake from oven. 
Adapted from Duncan Hines


  1. Oh how we've missed you.

    1. Thanks Jenni! I'm just trying to survive ;)

  2. Oh my gawd bbff, I cannot stop laughing at the joke. I'm missed your mug lately. Hope all is well girl. I had the same issue as you, mini-me is younger than her brother so they went through it all at the same time. At 23 and 17 they are still killing me. I swear I'm busier and life is more frantic the older they get. I'd feel much better if you sent me this cake. That would make everything right as rain.

    1. I've missed you too! I have been stalking just not commenting :) You're not making me feel any better by the way! At least we always have cake though!

  3. So glad my boy is only 7, not ready for puberty! I could eat this cake though!

  4. OI should never read jokes that make me laugh out loud while I am at work ... I mean during my break ... of course ...

  5. I had to laugh, I went through the same thing a long time ago. Thankfully my daughter never went to the barber shop with her father. However, went I went through puberty I overheard my father say this when someone asked how I was. "Maureen's great, still no bigger than a minute. With all the changes she's two tits and a smile." I wanted to die but I never told him I heard him say that.

    1. OMG, that is hilarious and mortifying at the same time!

  6. I am sending you big Mommy hugs! Please give me advice for when my kids are that age!!

    1. Thanks, I needed those! I can't make any promises that I will be able to help you out when that time comes as I may have repressed it all by that time!

  7. Your daughter is hilarious!! This post totally made my day!! Ha ha! Ad this cake, wow! Gorgeous!!


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