Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake

If you love cheesecake and pineapple upside down cake then this is a no brainer! It began with my favorite cheesecake…the one from the famous restaurant Juniors! I let the cheesecake chill completely. I even made it two days before serving because it holds up that well! Then I prepared my pineapple upside down cake. I let it cool at room temp and then transferred it directly on top of the cheesecake! Perfect fit. I chilled that overnight and served straight from the fridge. Perfection. This is such a great dessert because you can prepare it days in advance! Feel free to just use the pineapple upside down cake recipe without the cheesecake too!

Ingredients

Cheesecake
Crust:
1 1 /2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T sugar
6 T melted butter
Cheesecake:
Four 8-ounce packages PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, at room temperature
1⅔ cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs
¾ cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
Crust:
Combine all ingredients and press into a 9 inch springform pan.
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool.
Cheesecake:
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 package of the cream cheese, ⅓ cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch together on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times.
Blend in the remaining cream cheese, one package at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each.
Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat in the remaining sugar, then the vanilla.
Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Beat in the cream just until completely blended.
The filling will look light, creamy, airy, and almost like billowy clouds. Be careful not to overmix! Gently spoon the batter over the crust. Wrap the sides of the pan in aluminum foil.
Place the cake pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes halfway (about 1 inch) up the side of the springform. Bake until the edge is light golden brown, the top is light gold, and the center barely jiggles, about 1¼ hours. If the cake still feels soft around the edge, let it bake for 10 minutes more (the cooking time will be about the same for both the 8- and 9-inch cheesecakes). Remove the cheesecake from the water bath, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 2 hours. Chill until cold.
Cheesecake recipe adapted from Junior’s

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients
Topping
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup packed light brown sugar
sliced pineapples (8 canned slices)
15-20 maraschino cherries

Cake
1 and ⅔ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
¾ cup milk
½ cup pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F
Prepare topping first:
Place ¼ cup of melted butter into a 9-inch cake pan
Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
Lay pineapple slices on top and add cherries in the spaces!
Cake
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
Whisk in the sugars.
Whisk in the egg, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and whisk to remove lumps.
Pour batter into the pan on top of the pineapples.
Bake for at 20 minutes and then loosely tent with foil to prevent browning.
Bake an additional 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes and invert onto large plate.
Let cool completely and use a HUGE spatula to transfer this on top of your cheesecake.
Chill until cold!

 

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