recipe experiment ~

I love cooking ... baking ... experimenting with recipes and trying something new.  So ... what to do with that jar of mock pineapple in the refrigerator?

I know ... make a pineapple upside down cake BUT do it my way ~   I'm calling this recipe:


To start  ~ I took a jar of the zucchini ~ which I previously turned into pineapple ... mock pineapple.  I drained off the juice.

I then took my cake pan and added some melted butter, brown sugar ... topped that with the zucchini/pineapple and a few chopped up maraschino cherries ~

Then I separated three eggs.  Yolks in one bowl, whites in another.

Into the bowl of yolks I added 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 3/4 cup of flour, 2 Tblsp. of butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 Tblsp. baking powder and gave that a whirl with the electric mixer until I had a nice crumble:
In the bowl of egg whites I added another Tablespoon of sugar and gave that a whirl with the mixer until they were nice and frothy and formed a soft peak:

 Then the marriage of the two ~ the crumbles and the whites:
A gentle folding together:
Then on to the top of the cake pan of goodies ~ sort of a crumbly meringue : 
Into the oven preheated to 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  It came out all toasty looking and smells divine:)

Now granted ~ I could have stopped right there ... but no ... I have plans for that cake.

I get out a kitchen towel and sprinkle it with powdered sugar.

Lots of powdered sugar!
Then in one brave move ... I dump the hot cake out ~
... yum ... it looks pretty enough to eat right now... I hope I'm not going to make a big mess of this ... oh well ... too late to turn back now.

 I grab the end of the towel and roll that bugger up ...

I waited for it to cool down a bit ~ about 10 minutes ... then flip it out onto my cake plate:

I couldn't resist ... I had to cut it in half to see what it looked like:

... mmmm.... mmmm....good

It was delish!  Another recipe experiment ... gone right :) 

I'll make a Not Yo Momma's Pineapple Upside Down Cake Roll  again but next time I think I'll use a jelly roll pan instead of a 9x13 standard cake pan.  It was a little tricky rolling it being that thick.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Wow, that looks delish! Enjoy! Anna

  2. Glad someone is willing to experiment with cooking, I'm lousy at it. Heck, I'm lousy using a recipe someone else has already figured out. This looks delicious!

    Back when I used to make pumpkin cheesecake rolls, I used a cookie sheet. Is that the same thing as a jelly roll pan? See how much I know. LOL!

  3. Sherry says: Hey you gotta see what Mel is doing!!!

    So I looked, I ain't doing it. I am just gonna drive up and get some!!!
    It all looks so easy when someone else does it.
    It is pretty and looks delicious.
    Good on you little mama!!!

    Love from NC, Sherry & Jack

  4. My Goodness... You are just so creative. That's the true talents of a great cook.... I'll bet that it is good. Makes me hungry just looking at it...


  5. Amazing! I would have never thought of trying anything like that. When I bake, I need the main ingredient to come out of a box, preferably one that says 'Betty Crocker' on it!

  6. You are amazing and BRAVE!!! I wish I had your talent! Looks yummy.

  7. That looks SO yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hi Mel, thanks for visiting our Frog & PenguINN blog as I was so glad to return the visit and read this wonderfully inventive and delicious looking recipe. Who would have thought to out together this combo of I gradients, certainly not myself and I do like to cook, but usually modify several collected recipes. Wish you could send samples !