Upside Down Pineapple Cake for Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

In honor of the feast of St. Catherine of Sienna, Megan shares about her family celebration honoring this great saint and the reason she decided to serve Upside Down Pineapple Cake.  Thank you Megan! 

"It was another bright sunny day and the Ipps of coursed seized it with outdoor play. Little did we realize that dinner would sneak up on us suddenly. Today we were (29th of April is the feast day) celebrating the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. For her Feast Day, Cowboy and Tornado were going to help me make a pineapple upside down cake.

The pineapple rings symbolize how Catherine was espoused to Christ by a nuptial ring that was only visible to Saint Catherine. In addition, the pineapples sink delicately into golden brown sugar, not being completely in view just like the invisible wedding ring.

We used a simple pineapple boxed cake mix and added rings of pineapple and halved Marciano cherries. Next time, we'll need to grease our 9x13 pan before pouring melted butter and brown sugar into the pan. We forgot to grease the pan and the cake did not flip as easily onto the awaiting pure white platter. Any favorite upside down pineapple cake recipe will work, just be sure to have extra cherries for everyone to sample.

As the yummy cake baked for 40 minutes we whipped up fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken strips and mushrooms soaked in butter. It was great fun to celebrate this Italian saint and will be a tradition we hope to keep for years to come. Even six month Angel enjoyed helping!

The night ended with watching Saint Catherine of Siena (My Catholic Family)."

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

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  1. I can't stand pineapples and even I want to try making that! I was going to make chicken for dinner tonight anyway, so I may just make chicken fettuccine alfredo instead of what I had planned. :)

  2. A great menu! Thanks for sharing, Megan! Today is my name-day, and I tend to forget to do something special for mine and my husband's, because I am always focused on the kids' name-days! We're under the weather today, but I will file this for next year!

  3. Beautiful idea and post! Thank you for sharing your family celebration. We love those Catholic family Saint movies too:)

  4. I've been wanting to make this. Now I can, thanks sis! Oh and, St. Catherine of Siena Rocks! I read a book about her, and almost had her as my saint name.