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Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Today we're making a pineapple upside-down cake recipe you make from scratch, but don't let that scare you.

I purchased a fresh pineapple about a week ago, planning to make a special dinner, but plans changed and a week later that pineapple was still sitting on my kitchen counter.  I decided I needed to do something with that pineapple right away, not wanting to waste a beautiful pineapple.  An old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake was in my future.  

Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Fresh Pineapple

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Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapples can be a bit pricey.  In my grocery stores, I look for a pineapple to be less than $3.00 before I buy it.  That's more than you would spend for a can of pineapple, but you get more fruit from the fresh pineapple.

Don't buy your pineapple already cut up in the produce section of your store.  It is very easy to prepare the pineapple yourself.  Select a firm fruit, that has a fresh fragrant scent. Keep your fresh pineapple on your counter until you are ready to use it.   It's best to use your pineapple within three or four days from when you bought it.

How to Prepare A Fresh Pineapple

What do you do with your pineapple once you get it home?  It is easy as can be.  First, cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.

The First Step in Cutting Fresh Pineapple
Cut Off the Top and Bottom
Next, stand the pineapple on its end and cut down the side removing the skin and the eyes.

The Second Step in Preparing a Fresh Pineapple is to Slice the Skin.
Cut Down the Sides

Finally, you'll want to remove the core.  For today's recipe, I cut the pineapple into round slices and cut the center out of each slice using a small, round biscuit cutter.  Usually, I cut the pineapple into four sections, vertically and then slice the core from the point.

Core Each Pineapple Slice
Cut Out the Core

Now you are ready to eat those delicious chunks of fresh pineapple or use it in one of your favorite recipes.  Today I decided to make a pineapple upside-down cake using my cast iron skillet.  It's a delicious way to highlight the beautiful pineapple.

Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Makes one cake

Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients
Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients
  • 1 medium pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dark rum
  • fresh maraschino cherries

Directions
Prepare your pineapple slices and set aside.  Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Melt four tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Add the brown sugar, stirring to combine.  

Cook the brown sugar and butter together over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  

Add the pineapple slices in an even layer.  Cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and turn over the pineapple slices.  Add the cherries to the pan making an attractive arrangement.  Set aside while you make the cake batter.

Pineapple cooking in Caramel Sauce
Cook the Pineapple with Butter and Brown Sugar

Cream together the remaining butter and the granulated sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer until light and fluffy.  

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  

Add the flour mixture and the yogurt, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add the vanilla and the rum and stir well.

The Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter
The Batter will be Light and Fluffy

Spoon the cake batter over the pineapples in the cast-iron skillet.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30- 40 minutes, until browned and a tester comes out clean.

The Baked Pineapple Upside Down Cake
The Baked Cake

Cool for 3 to 5 minutes on a rack, but not longer or you may have trouble getting it out of the pan.  Run a knife around the pan and then place a cake plate on top of the skillet.

Loosen the Cake from the Skillet
Loosen the Cake from the Skillet with a Knife


Invert the skillet onto the cake plate carefully.  Remember your skillet is really hot, so use oven mitts.  Remove the skillet carefully.

Invert the Skillet to Release the Cake
Invert the Skillet onto the Cake Plate

Cool.  You can serve this cake warm or at room temperature.  A little dollop of whipped cream is a yummy addition.

Serve Your Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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A 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet





Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. This is the cake I always requested for my birthday growing up and my mother made it every year. She has been gone for a long time and this just brought back some wonderful memories.

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    1. I love that, Lisa! One of the wonderful things about food is the memories sparked by the taste and smell. I hope you'll make this recipe and think of your mom as you eat the cake.

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