Pineapple Gingerbread Men Released + Recipe

Pineapple Gingerbread Men (Pineapple Port Mysteries #7) – Is LIVE! 99c through Nov. 6!

Feels like Pineapple Gingerbread Men has been on pre-order forever, but it’s live now on Amazon! Free on Kindle Unlimited, too!

If you’re planning on getting it, GET IT FOR 99c! — price goes up to $3.99 on Nov. 7th.

And if you’re one of the lovely people who read it early for me or are about to devour it, please swing back to Amazon and give me a review when you’re done. (Unless you hated it, in which case please don’t bother… 🙂 )

This one has a little cliff-hanger which I know drives some people crazy but the next book will be out before you know it, I swear! I’m already about two weeks from finishing Kilty #4 and then I’ll start Pineapple #8 and it should be available in January if all goes well. You’ll be busy with the holidays anyway…

I’m addicted to The Great British Baking Show…

I’ve been watching episode after episode of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and I’ve been so inspired, I’ve started making homemade pasta and bread and all sorts of stuff.  Truth be told, I’m a horrible baker… it requires precision… which is really not my strong suit. I’m more of a Chopped person when it comes to cooking talent. I can make decent meals out of whatever you throw at me, but ask me to measure a cup of sugar and I something will go horribly wrong.

But, in honor or Pineapple Gingerbread Men, here’s a cake for you bought to my attention by RaChelle C Holmberg on Facebook — Thank you RaChelle! It looks so good I’m sharing with everyone, though I haven’t had the chance to try it myself yet. (I will though… I LOVE upside-down cakes!)

Pineapple Upside-Down Ginger Cake

(From Epicurious – print neatly through them here.)


  1. Topping
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
    • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 2 20-ounce cans pineapple chunks in heavy syrup, drained, patted dry with paper towels
  2. Cake
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 3/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
    • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup whole milk
    • 2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
    • 1 cup whipping cream, beaten to soft peaks


  1. For topping:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 1/4 cup butter in 10-inch-diameter cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet (preferably nonstick) over medium heat. Add 2/3 cup brown sugar and stir until mixture begins to form thick mass, about 4 minutes. Continue cooking, without stirring, until butter mixture spreads and covers bottom of skillet and bubbles appear all over surface, about 6 minutes longer. Remove skillet from heat. Arrange pineapple chunks close together in concentric circles atop sugar mixture in skillet.
  2. For cake:
    1. Sift first 8 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat molasses, golden brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add half of dry ingredients, then whole milk, then remaining half of dry ingredients, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in crystallized ginger. Spread batter evenly over pineapple in skillet.
    2. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cake in skillet 5 minutes. Run small knife around sides of skillet to loosen cake. Place platter over cake in skillet; invert cake onto platter. Cool cake at least 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.

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One Response

  1. Kathleen Garley

    The cake sounds great. Thanks for the recipe. I raise blueberries and make a blueberry upside down cake. I use a classic white cake mix,made according to the directions on the box. Melt a stick of butter ( Southern, you know) in a deep 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle melted butter with brown sugar to cover bottom of the pan. Cover brown sugar with fresh or frozen blueberries. Cover berries with cake batter and bake on 350 degrees until golden brown and tester comes out clean. Enjoy! Turn cooled cake out on a large plate or platter. Never seems to last very long?



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