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Pineapple Cherry Upside-Down Cake

pineapple cherry upside-down cake by The Culinary ChasePineapple skillet cake has been around since the early 1920s. Dole held a pineapple recipe contest in 1926 and among the 60,000 submitted, 2,500 were for pineapple upside-down cake.

And by the mid 1930s, it was the most widely cake made in America. It was still quite popular in the 1950s and 1960s. I’m sure some of my readers have fond memories of this – I know I do especially when my mom added maraschino cherries inside the pineapple rings. You can use whatever fruit you like. I stuck to the familiar pineapple, using a freshly cored one and frozen cherries in lieu of the maraschino ones. A fuss-free and fun dessert.

Serves 8
adapted from The Kitchn

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
pineapple slices and frozen cherries, enough to cover the base of a 9-inch pan or skillet
1 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

2 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°f. If using frozen fruit, do not defrost.

pineapple skillet cakeTo make the brown sugar glaze take a baking pan or oven-proof skillet and melt the butter over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir. When sugar has melted add cardamom then remove from heat. Arrange fruit in the baking pan.

For the cake, cream butter and sugar. In a separate bowl measure flour, baking powder, salt and stir to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well in between, followed by the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.

Spread cake batter all over the fruit and bake 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cake sit for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake. You don’t want the cake to stick when you flip it over. Place a serving plate over the cake and use your oven mitts to flip the cake over. Serve this with ice cream or whipped cream.

upside-down cakeThe Culinary Chase’s Note:
If you have any leftover, cover in plastic wrap. It will keep for a couple of days. Don’t worry if the batter isn’t smooth. I made a mistake by adding the flour before the eggs went in…didn’t seem to make a difference in the taste. Enjoy!

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!


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