Pineapple upside down cake brings up memories of the 1970’s for me but this classic cake goes way back. The history of pineapple upside-down cake dates back to the early 20th century and is closely tied to the rise of canned pineapple and the emergence of convenient home baking.
Did you know…..
- Early Recipes:
- One of the earliest known recipes for pineapple upside-down cake appeared in a promotional recipe booklet by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole) in the 1920s.
- The booklet aimed to promote canned pineapple and provided the recipe as a way to showcase the product’s versatility.
Another thing about Pineapple Upside Down Cake is:
- Popularity and Enduring Appeal:
- The Great Depression era further popularized pineapple upside-down cake because it was a simple, economical dessert that could be made with readily available ingredients.
- Its appeal grew over the years, becoming a staple in American home baking and an iconic dessert for special occasions.
How to make Pineapple Upside Down CakeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix
1 jar (6oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
Vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix box.
- Preheat oven to 350 degree. In a 13 x 9 inch pan, melt the butter in the bottom and sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the melted butter.
- Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer into the bottom of the pan and put a cherry in the center of each slice.
- Add a little water to the reserved pineapple juice to total one cup of liquid. When following the directions to mix the cake substitute plain water for the pineapple juice/water mixture.
- Mix the cake batter per the directions on the box and pour it over the pineapple and cherries.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately use a knife to loosen the cake. Flip it over onto a serving tray.
- Let it cool from here and enjoy!
More about Pineapple upside down Cake:
- Cultural Significance:
- The cake’s association with the 1950s and 1960s “retro” aesthetic has contributed to its nostalgic charm and enduring popularity in modern times.
- The cake has also made appearances in popular culture, including movies, TV shows, and literature, further solidifying its status as an American classic.
I hope you enjoy this simple and easy to make Pineapple Upside down cake!!