Brown Sugar and Rum Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This is a really delicious, extra homey, pineapple upside down cake.  I’ve made it many times and it always brings a happy smile to my face.  It differs from the traditional pineapple upside down cake in that it’s sweetened with brown sugar rather than white.  To me, this really gives it a homier, friendly quality.  It’s spiced with a nice amount of ginger which blends beautifully with the warm brown sugar.  Instead of being decorated with the standard maraschino cherries, it is donned with pecan halves.  I loved how they add a soft crunch to the cake.  Hubby and I loved them so much we were fighting to get the most pecans in our slices and maybe we went so far as to steal a few from the unsuspecting cake!  Then to make this baby even more wonderful, fresh slices of pineapple are soaked in dark rum before baking to give the cake a little extra pizzaz!  I like to serve it while it’s still warm.  It’s like a hug from Mom in a slice of cake!