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RECIPE: Universal’s Volcano Bay Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

With temperatures warming up and sunshine making a daily appearance as we get closer to summer, I think we could all use an at-home vacation experience right about now? Right?!

I am imagining something that evokes palm trees, warm wave pools, and soft sand underneath my toes …the exact experience my family enjoys when we visit Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Those tropical memories came flooding back when I baked and tasted this Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Volcano Bay.

This recipe is pretty easy to master with a layer of sweet tropical fruit baked underneath a simple cake, then flipped over to reveal an eye-appealing classic treat with a chocolate twist.

It is the perfect virtual vacation solution for the entire family.

Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Makes 12 mini cakes or one 9 x 13” cake

Baker’s Tip: Read the recipe thoroughly so you understand the steps, get all your ingredients prepped and “Mise en Place” (or fancy French for “putting in place”) before you start.

COCONUT SMEAR:

  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup

In an electric mixer using a paddle attachment, combine above ingredients, mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until a coarse paste is formed, set aside.

CHOCOLATE CAKE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (Or 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cup water
  • 12 canned pineapple rings
  • 12 maraschino cherries

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Coat 12 three-inch round mini cake pans with non-stick baking spray. (If you don’t have mini cake pans, try using a large ramekin, a large non-stick muffin tin or making a 9×13 cake instead of individuals.)
  3. Place 1 pineapple ring in the bottom of each pan, OR arrange all 12 rings in your larger cake pan. Then place 1 cherry inside each pineapple ring and drop 1.5 tablespoon of coconut smear on top of each pineapple ring, using a teaspoon to spread the smear evenly.
  4. To make the cake, combine all dry ingredients, sift or whisk together and set aside.
  5. In an electric mixer using a whip attachment, combine eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla; mix on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add dry ingredients, mix on low speed for 1 minute, stop mixer, scrape sides of the bowl, mix for an additional 3 minutes on medium speed. Stop the mixer, scrape sides of the bowl, add water, mix on low speed for an additional 1 minute.
  7. Place mini cake pans evenly on a baking sheet
  8. Pour equal amounts of batter on top of each pineapple slice.
  9. For mini cakes, bake 350℉. for approximately 20 minutes or until the cake is set.
  10. For a 9×13 pan, bake 350℉. for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the cake is set.

Remove from oven and allow to cool approximately 20 minutes before removing cakes from their pan(s) and flipping onto a platter or plate.

When removing the cakes from their tins, make sure the pineapple slice is facing up.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Can be served warm or cold.

Can be served with fresh fruit, or fruit compote, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or your favorite ice cream.

Share your Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake creation with us in the comments below or by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart is a food loving mom of four and sometimes food and lifestyle blogger based in Florida. Her happy place is hanging out with her family enjoying spectacularly comforting food.

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RECIPE: Green Eggs & Ham Tots from Green Eggs and Ham Cafe

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Before I do that thing that food bloggers love to do — you know where they tell you all about their personal connection to their Aunt Susie’s sweet potato casserole recipe before they just tell you what it actually is — let’s just get to the good stuff.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Food and Beverage team has been kind enough to share their recipe for the greens egg and ham tots served in Seuss Landing, and now I’m here to share it with you all! Because does anything say comfort food quite like a meal from our childhood?

INGREDIENTS

Here’s what you’ll need for just one serving. So, I’d suggest you go ahead and quadruple it ‘cause these are gonna be gooood:

  • 2 cups worth of tater tots (a bag of frozen ones will do just fine)
  • 2 tablespoons worth of diced ham (about 2 slices worth)
  • ¼ cup of white cheddar queso (store-bought is great, unless your Aunt Susie has a great white cheddar queso recipe)
  • 2 Green Eggs (…OH. Do you not have those? OK, OK. Two just regular eggs, scrambled together. And below are the ingredients for the spinach pesto we’ll be whipping up to make ‘em green…)
    • ¼ cup of chopped italian parsley
    • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. We need to prepare the spinach pesto first, so combine the spinach, parsley, basil leaves, parmesan, and olive oil all into a blender and pulse until the ingredients are mixed together.
  3. In a bowl, mix together one tablespoon of the spinach pesto with ½ cup of scrambled egg. Place egg mixture into a small baking dish into the preheated oven for six minutes. Once finished, remove eggs, fluff, and set aside.
  4. Prepare your tater tots according to package directions then set aside on a paper-towel-lined plate to remove any excess grease.
  5. Place queso into a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 20 seconds.
  6. Place tater tots into a tin or a small oven-safe baking dish. Cover them with the warm green eggs and about ½ of the ham, place into oven (still at 375℉) for about 3 minutes.
  7. Pull tots out of the oven and pour queso over the entire plate, ensuring proper coverage. Garnish with remaining ham.
  8. Eat your heart to three sizes and don’t forget to share the results with us by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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