Smoked Pineapple Upside Down Cake on the Pellet Joe

Serves: 6 people
Cook Time: 30 - 60 min
Skill:
Beginner
Method:
Grilled
Food:
Dessert
Smoked Pineapple Upside Down Cake on the Pellet Joe

Ingredients

  • Topping

  • Cake

  • Additional

Instructions

    Preparing the Pellet Joe

  1. 01

    Start by preparing your Pellet Joe for smoking. Fill the hopper with your choice of wood pellets. Preheat the grill to 350°F (175°C) for indirect cooking.

  2.  

    Ingredients

    • Wood pellets (flavor of your choice)
  3. Making the Topping

  4. 02

    In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar until it's fully combined and slightly bubbly.

  5.  

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  6. 03

    Pour the butter and sugar mixture into the bottom of a greased 9-inch round cake pan.

  7.  

    Ingredients

    • 9-inch round pan
  8. 04

    Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the butter-sugar mixture. Set aside.

  9.  

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced into rings (reserve liquid)
  10. Mixing the Cake Batter

  11. 05

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  12.  

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 06

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

  14.  

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
  15. 07

    Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.

  16.  

    Ingredients

    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  17. 08

    Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk and pineapple juice. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

  18.  

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from slicing the pineapple)
  19. Assembling and Smoking

  20. 09

    Pour the cake batter over the pineapple slices in the cake pan, spreading it evenly.

  21. 10

    Place the cake pan on the preheated Pellet Joe, making sure it's set up for indirect cooking. You can use a heat deflector or place the cake pan away from the direct heat source.

  22. 11

    Close the grill lid and smoke the cake for about 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  23. 12

    Keep an eye on the cake to ensure it doesn't overcook. If the top is browning too quickly, you can loosely cover it with aluminum foil.

  24.  

    Ingredients

    • Aluminum foil
  25. Finishing Touches

  26. 13

    Once the cake is done, remove it from the grill and let it cool for about 10 minutes in the pan.

  27. 14

    Place a serving plate over the top of the cake pan and carefully invert the cake onto the plate. Let it sit for a minute to allow the topping to release onto the cake.

  28. 15

    Gently lift the cake pan off, revealing the smoked pineapple upside-down cake.

  29. Serving

  30. 16

    Slice and serve the smoked pineapple upside-down cake while it's still warm. It's delicious on its own or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.