As one of the best combinations of fruit and cake; Pineapple Upside Down Cake has been made since the 1900’s. The dish originated in America when many Americans would make it using a cast iron skillet. The process of making this dish is surprisingly simple. To start, get out your handy cake pan and line the bottom with pineapple rings. A cherry is then placed in the center of each pineapple ring and then a butter and sugar mixture. Cake batter, typically vanilla, is then poured over the pineapple and cherries and placed into the oven to bake. When the cake is done baking it is placed upside down on a platter and the cake mold is removed, revealing the masterpiece.
A History of the Pineapple Upside Down Cake
While the term upside down didn't originate until the early 1900’s, many believe that this style of upside down cooking dates back until the middle ages. The creation of this particular cake coincides with the invention of canned pineapple in 1903. Early recipes placed the cake in a cast iron skillet instead of cake pan and the entire thing was cooked on the stove top instead of the oven. In 1925 Dole Pineapple held a recipe contest in which people could submit their favorite pineapple recipes. In 1926 due to the high quantity of pineapple upside down cake recipes being submitted, Dole ran an ad campaign publicizing the cake. It naturally made the cake more popular than ever before.