Rhubarb Upside Down Cake Got a few extra minutes? Then you have enough time to make Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, it’s fast, easy and delicious. Now let’s talk rhubarb for a few minutes and get a short lesson in Rhubarb 101. Rhubarb [ROO-bahrb] Thick, celerylike …
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Blood Orange Upside Down Cake Recently while I was grocery shopping, in the produce department, I saw a huge white sign. Written in big, red-orange letters were the words: BLOOD ORANGES, Get them before they’re Gone! Well, I marched right over to the big cardboard bin …
Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake is a true classic cake. It’s been around for a very long time. Traditionally made in a 9-inch cast iron skillet and usually made on top of the stove. Called skillet cakes because they were often made over an open wood fire in a cast iron skillet. Thus making them a special treat for pioneers and cowboys alike. Most pineapple upside down cakes are made from scratch but over the years that has changed.
For this recipe, we used a classic yellow cake mix but you can substitute a white cake mix or a butter recipe cake mix. To add an extra layer of flavor substitute any of the ‘new’ flavored cake mixes that are now popular. Coconut, orange, lemon or even a ‘velvet’ flavor would be terrific in this recipe. Experiment with cake mix flavors and fruits. Try peaches, pears, plums, and see what you like best. Add flavored extracts to the batter too.
Traditional Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Traditional upside down cakes have very little cake vs pineapple topping. After all, pineapple upside down cake is all about the gooey, caramel, buttery, fruit topping. Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, who needs cake! Pineapple Upside Down Cake along with Bundt cakes, which were so popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s are making a comeback. Another generation will be enjoying these super delicious cakes.
In the late 1800’s, the term ‘upside down cake’ first began appearing. Until then, this type of cake was referred to as skillet cakes. Skillet cakes came about out of practicality. Cakes were made in cast-iron skillets on top of stoves due to ovens being unreliable. Cast-iron skillets have been around since the beginning of time. (Well not really, but darn close!) Inverting a cake to reveal the fruit topping dates back as far as the Middle Ages.
Hawaiian Pineapple Company
The first upside-down cakes were not even made with pineapple but with seasonal fruits such as apples, peaches and cherries. Canned pineapple had not yet been ‘invented.’ Canned pineapple manufacturing didn’t begin until 1901 when Jim Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, now called the Dole Company. Dole began producing/marketing large quantities of canned pineapple. Canned pineapple from Hawaii was a real luxury back in the day.
In 1928, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company sponsored a contest for pineapple recipes. The judging panel consisted of judges from Fannie Farmer’s School, Good Housekeeping and McCall’s Magazine. It’s said that 2,500 of the 60,000 submissions were recipes for pineapple upside-down cake. The company decided to run an ad about the flood of pineapple upside-down cake recipes it received and the cake’s popularity soared.