1 cup (200g) of firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices (Dole brand works best)
1 1/2 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons (55 g) cake flour
6 tablespoons ground almonds (from about 2 oz or 56g of blanched almonds)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (350g) of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
8 candied or maraschino cherries


1.Grease the pan with butter: Generously grease (with butter) a 10-inch diameter non-stick cake pan with at least 2-inch high sides.
2.Make caramel topping: Heat brown sugar and butter in a medium sized saucepan on medium heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbly, several minutes. (After sugar melts, don't stir.)
3.Pour into pan, top with pineapple slices: Pour the caramel mixture into the pan. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer on top of the caramel mixture.
4.Preheat oven to 325°F.
5.Make cake batter: Whisk the flours, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream in 2 additions each, beating well after each additio
6.Pour cake batter over caramel and pineapple in pan: Spread the cake batter over the pineapple and caramel so that it is smooth on top
7.Bake: Bake the cake at 325°F until a tester inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (internal temperature of about 205°F if you have an instant read thermometer), about 1 hour.
8.Turn out cake: Cool cake in pan on a rack for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a platter, after the cake has cooled for 5 minutes, and while the cake is still warm. If some of the topping sticks to the cake pan (it often does), just scoop it out with a butter knife and patch the cake.
9.(Optional) Add cherries: If you want to add candied or maraschino cherries for decoration, just put one in the center of each pineapple round. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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