The Cake Slice: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

March 20, 2010 at 1:01 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 15 Comments

pineapple upside-down cake

The Cake Slice Bakers are flipping out some Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes this month.  Sounds good, right?  Looks good, too, I think.  The taste…ehh.  I used fresh pineapple and dried cherries in my topping, and boy was that yummy, all baked up in buttery brown sugar.  But the cakey bit seemed heavy and doughy.  It was a relatively lean cake, with only four tablespoons of butter and just one egg…maybe that had something to do with it.  I dunno, but I think I’ll stick with this recipe, which I remember liking quite a bit.

If you do want to give it a shot, here’s a printable link to this month’s recipe.  Or get your hands on a copy of Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott.  To see if anyone else had setter success with this recipe, cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers!


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  1. wow, look at that, I’m already drooling, great color, looks delicious!!

  2. I am using fresh pineapple slices like I always did, for this I used canned ones and they were so tasteless….The cake looks gorgeously done.

  3. What a lovely cake! And I never would have thought to use fresh pineapple. I will try it next time I make this cake. 🙂

    Happy Spring!

  4. Well, this LOOKS heavenly!I love the effect of upside down cakes – sorry it didn’t grab you, but nice that you have a recipe that does! Beautiful photography!

  5. It sure does look pretty, but also looks very heavy. Sorry you didn’t like it more.

  6. This is one of my husband’s favorite cakes! I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind for his birthday!

  7. I love using other fruits too! Berries and Apricots are always a good choice when they are in season.

  8. This look just like how my mother used to make it. Very nice.

  9. Thanks for sharing the alternative recipe for the cake with us…I agree with your opinion. My cake was okay. But it seemed dense and a little gummy to me. And I baked it for the correct time. Now if I don’t eat all the topping off on Monday, I might try to bring in to my coworkers to see if they like it more.

  10. Great job on your challenge and I love the carmelized topping look. I’ll probably try another UDP cake recipe as well if I do attempt it again.

  11. I love the sound of the dried cherries with the fresh pineapple. Shame your cake was a bit doughy.

  12. I love pineapple upside down cake! Yours looks gorgeous!

  13. You made a mini cake like I did!

    You’re right, I have tried Martha’s version and it is really good!

  14. Wow – your cake certainly looks gorgeous!!

  15. You know what? I skipped past this one in Dorie’s book before. probably not from reading the ingredient set (which you would recognise as good or bad instantly!), but from the photograph. So definitely not on my list to bake. Funnily enough, I have paused at the one in MS’s baking handbook. But again, because of the photograph. I’ve not made it yet though. Maybe I need to do a month of ‘fruit cakes’.

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