Pineapple Upside-Down Cake ala Cast Iron Skillet

Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome to all the new followers!

I am going to allow myself to be side tracked a bit from my regular Skillet Suppers segment. I mentioned in a previous post that my dear grandmother always made her Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in her cast iron skillet. I am now the owner of that precious skillet and I love making PUD Cake it in. In fact, I am not much of a cake person, prefering pie instead. But PUD Cake is very close to pie in my mind and I LOVE it!!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

3 cans (8 ounces each) sliced pineapple in syrup (12 slices in all)
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
Maraschino cherries (if you are not a cherry fan, use pecan halves instead)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup whipping cream, chilled and whipped, or vanilla ice cream

Drain pineapple slices, reserving 2 tablespoons of syrup. In a heavy 10-inch iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar is melted. Remove from heat. Arrange 8 pineapple slices on sugar mixture and one in center. Cut 3 slices in half and stand up around edge of pan. Place 1 maraschino cherry in center of each pineapple slice.

Into a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and milk; beat for about 2 minutes, or until batter is smooth. Add egg and reserved 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Beat 2 minutes longer. Pour cake batter over pineapple slices in skillet, spreading carefully. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool in skillet on rack for 5 minutes; loosen edges with spatula or butter knife. Hold serving plate over top of skillet; invert and shake gently to loosen cake. Lift off skillet. Serve cake warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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  1. Lynnie said...:

    I love your skillet recipes! I just recently purchased a cast iron corn bread pan (with the corn molds in the cast iron). I have been looking for some great deal at the second hand stores and antique stores on the cast iron pans.

  1. AnnaMarie said...:

    mmmmm...this I can't wait to try!! I think I will test it out on my fiance and the men he has working on the house this weekend (= Thank you!

  1. Kim said...:

    This looks perfect! Have you shared any pie recipes - my girls and I wanted to make one the other day (you know, 3/14 - pi day), but weren't inspired by any of the recipes in my cookbook.

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    Mrs. P.
    My dear Gentleman Farmer just loves PUD Cake! I most definately will give this a try. I love my cast iron pans but have never tried cake in them! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  1. fiberdoodles said...:

    My all time favorite ~ YUM!

  1. Pineapple-upside-down-cake is my very favorite! Love how moist it is when the juice and brown sugar soak into the cake. Ummmm!

  1. Martina said...:

    Mmh! this looks so yummy! I have to try that.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great day!

  1. Barbara said...:

    Oh that sounds amazing, my dh love PUDC so it will be easy for me to make, going to try this one for sure, Hugs Barbara

  1. I love cast iron skillet recipes! I have been trying to switch over to using almost all cast iron. I find them at junk shops and have a "blast" cleaning them with Hubby's tools. One womans trash is my treasure!

  1. ~Alison~ said...:

    this cake looks amazing! I don't have a cast iron skillet! :( Can it be made in a casserole or baking dish???

  1. I love pineapple upside down cake but haven't made one in YEARS! Might just have to give this one a try...

  1. MrsJenB said...:

    Oh gosh this totally reminds me of my grandmom - she ALWAYS made this cake! I should give it a try myself, you know, to keep the tradition alive! I know my dad would just love it.

    Thank you for sharing!

  1. OMGoodness, I'm going to make this real soon. I do not use my iron skillets anymore since a kitchen remodel and new ceramic stovetop. This sounds and looks so yummy and I can still bake in them. Thank you for the recipe.

  1. Sherry said...:

    Oh, wow! This looks scrumptious!

  1. Your photos are great and the recipe looks divine.

  1. Michelle said...:

    I remember my Grama making Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a skillet! I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for bringing back that memory!

  1. It's been a long time since I've made this cake in a cast iron skillet...but I can remember how incredible it tastes! Thanks for the recipe! ♥

  1. I am really tempted to invest in a cast iron skillet, but the whole thing about not washing the skillet in soap and water (just wiping it out after use) bothers me. Could you do a post on how you keep your skillets so nice and give us some direction with using cast iron. Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't know, though!!

  1. Mrs. P- I have not ever made a cake in a cast iron pan. This looks so delicious! I'll give it a try.Don't you love how yummy cast iron makes food? YOur cast iron recipies are the best! Just like you, dear friend!

  1. Sharon said...:

    OH Gail,

    This sounds wonderful! I have recently begun to use my cast iron more and it sure makes a difference. Cobblers, crsips and cakes oh my! I HAVE to try the PUD. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day!

  1. Denise said...:

    It's been years since I had Pineapple Upside Down cake and I've never made it in a skillet! I used to make it in a square pan when I was younger back home. I think Pioneer Woman has a PUD recipe in her book and as I'm cooking my way through the book hopefully I will get to make it soon :)
    Yours looks delicious.

  1. I am loving reading your cast iron skillet recipes.
    And by the way, are those your skillets all fanned out? Beautiful if so!
    I started making my pineapple upside down cake in a cast iron skillet after seeing Pioneer Woman do it. They make the best cake!!!

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