Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

If I was told to describe pineapples with one word, it would be : bitter-sweet. You know how they could either be really sour and leave your tongue feeling… eeeghh…or they could be dangerously sweet.

I must confess my love for the core of the pineapple. You know…that hard part in the middle that many people throw away. I mean how do people throw away such goodness! (facepalm)

Anyway, the other day my friend Brenda pulled me into an an ongoing debate with a group of friends, as we walked to class. She asked me if I’m of the school of thought that approves pineapples being put on pizza.

Hmmm…I will refrain from giving my comments on Hawaiian pizza, as I may have done worse (read as putting avocado on pizzaavo is bae!) Hehe… but do stay reading as I may convince you that salty bacon and sweet pineapple absolutely go well together.

For this episode of #TasteandSee, we went all out on pineapples!

Pineapple upside down cake. Sounds like one of those desserts you have at bourgeois places yeah? Well, we are demystifying that myth guys! Here’s the recipe  we used. We tweaked it a bit and used sultanas instead of cherries for the colour-pop at the centre of the pineapples. {On that note, help a sister out by writing in the comments section where one can find cherries in Nairobi. I searched all over and couldn’t find any!}


After lacing the pan with butter and flour, you put the butter and sugar mixture for the caramelized top.


And because its a pineapple-UPSIDE DOWN cake, place the pineapples and sultanas next.


Here’s how it looks after you’ve placed the sugar, pineapples and sultanas.

This cake is so simple to make and affordable as well (I used less than ksh.1000 to buy the ingredients; next time I’ll keep the receipts and share the actual cost). Plus it tasted heavenly!

Cream butter and sugar together, until fluffy.
Add in eggs and milk.
Fold the flour into the wet ingredients.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. on top of the pineapples.

Speaking of heaven, have you ever wondered how judgement day will go about? Judgement seems to be a hot topic in all circles; Christian and non-Christian. “Don’t judge me” is a phrase I’m sure most of us have used, or should I say abused. But what really is judgement? Who has the right to judge? Should Christians judge one another?

Here’s a little of what the ladies I was cooking with had to say:

Of course we aren’t supposed to judge one another. But Paul in Corinthians mentions that we should judge fellow Christians… sounds so weird….”

What if I look at someone and already make my first-impression of them by how they look/ that also counted as judging someone?

I think God will also punish me for my sins even if I am a believer. I mean, faith includes works, so can He really not punish us for the bad things we do although we’re Christians?

What do you say about this? What is your opinion on judgement? Do keep the conversation going in comments section.

Because I foresee this discussion getting heated, let me give you a baking tip. Ever run out of eggs and you still want to bake a cake? Well, here’s an egg alternative that’ll save you the trip to the shops just for a few eggs.



1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 tsp water

1 tsp baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together.

{This replaces 1 egg in recipes, so adjust accordingly as per your recipe.}

The cake is as sweet as it looks guys!

Will you try baking it? If you do, please share pics with the hashtag #TasteAndSee and tag me on Social Media @Bloom @muenimuli

Plus what’s your opinion on judgement? Do share in the comments. Though the conversation isn’t over yet! Later this week (on Wednesday 17th October), I’ll be back with part 2 of this #TasteandSee episode. I’ll share another pineapple snack that will contribute to that pineapple-on-pizza debate, plus give what I’ve learnt so far about judgement. 😉

Lots of thanks to our photographer Njeri for her amazing work. Plus my aunt Nangira and cousin Manu for their support and great company!

Soli deo Gloria.