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Apr 12, 2008 07:38 PM

[SEA] Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I have never tried this cake but need to bake one in a couple of week for a very special person (it is her favorite). I am looking for the best version in Seattle, so I can sample and then test out some recipes and try to duplicate. Any recommendations?

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  1. PUDC is pretty forgiving, and might even forgive using batter from this (very sweet):

    Hawaiian Wedding Cake

    Heat oven to 325
    In a large bowl, mix together with a wooden spoon until just combined:
    2 c. Flour
    2 c. Sugar
    2 tsp. Baking Soda
    I combined separately but some say this is fussy (maybe they were, sensibly, using a mixer)
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple with juice, undrained
    1 c. Shredded Coconut
    1 c. walnuts, coarsely chopped (I used toasted pecans)

    Spoon the mixture into a prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

    In a separate bowl make cream cheese frosting:
    Cream together:
    1 stick unsalted butter
    4 oz. cream cheese
    mix in til smooth
    2 c. powdered sugar
    As it gets smooth, add 1t vanilla

    2 Replies
    1. re: mrnelso

      Wow! Thanks for the quick reply.

      I am also putting the word out there for restaurants & bakeries in Seattle that serve/sell PUDC. I posted on homecooking for recipes too, but want to actually *taste* this before I try to make it.

      1. re: LFP

        The best I've ever had was from Columbia City Bakery. It's not something I usually order, but had it on a whim and wow...

    2. The only PUDC I've seen in Seattle was at Wild Mountain Cafe, and it was good.

      Wild Mountain Cafe
      1408 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

      1. I tried PUDC at Columbia City Bakery. Def one of the best.

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        1. re: greenpaint

          Why buy one when they're so easy to make. My favorite cake of all time. Don't scoff at starting with a box cake; it works wonderfully in this recipe:


          1 stick butter
          1 c. brown sugar, packed
          1 box yellow cake mix
          1 lg. can crushed pineapple, with juice
          Maraschino cherries (optional)

          Mix cake mix according to package directions; except replace some of the water with a small can of pineapple juice to reach correct measurement.

          Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter and stir a little to dissolve sugar. Spread pineapple evenly over brown sugar. (You may add cherries here, if desired. I'm not big on cherries.) Pour cake batter over pineapple and spread evenly.

          Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Invert onto a cookie sheet or large cake platter to serve.