Happy Birthday Mom

Tomorrow’s is my mom’s Birthday! Happy Birthday mom!IMG 8484 thumb Happy Birthday Mom

A little background on my mom = she’s the person who birthed me. I’ve known her almost since I was born(in case you didn’t put that together). She’s Mexican and had a red-headed baby, which makes her weird. I mean awesome. PAULA MICHAEL MONICA thumb Happy Birthday Mom

We celebrated today because of work stuff tomorrow.

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I cooked up a dinner of salmon, salad and sweet potatoes for my fam. This is my favorite dinner, but it’s also my mom’s. Double win. IMG 8482 thumb Happy Birthday Mom

My mom’s only request for her birthday cake was – “something good”. Since I had complete free reign I decided to look up a recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake. IMG 8465 thumb Happy Birthday MomA while back Bobbi Flay did a throw down with it and I’ve been wanting to try it since.IMG 8470 thumb Happy Birthday Mom

My main requirement was – I wanted a recipe that called for baking the cake in an iron skillet (as they did on the show). I didn’t use the Flay recipe, but did come across another Food Network winner. I used an Emeril Recipe found here.

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I’m always tempted to try and make recipes healthier, but when you’re baking a cake for someone else I think it’s important to just stick with the recipe. Birthday cakes are not the time to be experimenting. They are a time for celebrating!

Since the cast iron skillet is already super heavy on it’s own the last part is the hardest. I was scared to take it out of the pan! I had to flip it over when the skillet wass still super hot and it’s super heavy aaaaand there’s a little part of me that was scared it wasn’t going to come out in one piece!!!

I did it! It came out great and I was proud wlEmoticon smile22 Happy Birthday Mom

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It was super tough to wait until after dinner to dig in! IMG 8486 thumb Happy Birthday Mom

My piece with some Moose Tracks ice cream. So.so.good.

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See you in the morning!


  1. says

    first off: i love someecards. glad to know someone else does too :)

    second, i’ve never seen a pineapple upsidedown cake before. but yours looks delicious. crazy, but delicious.

  2. says

    Happy birthday do your mom!
    I love pineapple upside down cake….and I agree that when baking for someone’s birthday, you shouldn’t try to healthify the recipe.
    I once made a pineapple upside down cake and it fell apart during the flipping stage. I’m glad yours was successful!

  3. says

    Happy Birthday to your mom today!!!!!!!

    The cake looks great! I saw on twitter you were going to be making that and glad it turned out great!!!! xoxo

  4. says

    That cake came out fantastic looking! My husband loves pineapple upside cake, maybe I’ll make that for his birthday. I feel like it isn’t really cake unless there is frosting (lots of frosting) :)

  5. says

    Wow you did such a good job baking that cake. Pineapple upside-down cake is only of my favorite cakes. I use to ask for it for my birthday too. Happy birthday to your mom. She looks kinda like my bf’s mom. So odd.

  6. says

    My mom birthed 2 redheads too. Unfortunately, I was not one of them. Boo. Neither of my parents have red hair so it was a big deal when my sister Kerry was born with red hair.

    That cake looks so pretty. Way to go!

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