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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I have been tasked with making this for my cousin's surprise birthday party in a couple of weeks. Her late mother made "the best," but alas I never tried it. From what I understand, a cast iron skillet and fresh pineapple are a must. I need some tips and recipes so I can start practicing. I don't even know if it is served warm, with ice cream, can you make ahead? Help!

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  1. Have you searched here? It is easier to make with canned slices than fresh.

    1. Silver Palate has an excellent Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It uses canned p'apple and pecans. I couldn't find it on their website.

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      1. I agree with using cast iron. I use canned pineapple rings...and real butter.

        1. Grease the pan so it comes out easy. Serve warm or room temp with soft whipped cream.

          Once you get it down, you can experiment with different versions, like gingerbread pumpkin upside down cake topped with apple slices and cranberries, or the one I'm trying soon topped with bananas,rum and nuts. Good for breakfast parties too.

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          1. re: coll

            It is also really good served cold, but I understand this is not the traditional way outside of Southern, IN. Leftovers should definitely be put in the fridge and enjoyed cold though. I think I'll be making pineapple upside down cupcakes today.

          2. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            I think this may be just what you are looking for! Good luck!

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            1. re: Tehama

              Tried this recipe last night as my first attempt. I opted against recipes with cake mix, cherries, canned pineapple or nuts, so this one appealed to me. The dark rum also seems like a key ingredient.

              I followed this recipe almost to the letter, except for cardamon I substituted 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp cloves. I think I would start checking for doneness at 35 minutes next time. It didn't overcook - but got pretty dark on top (bottom?) after 45 minutes.

              Success! We almost devoured half the cake last night. How could I have lived 30+ years and never tried this cake?! Brought the rest into the office today and received good reports from all. I think I will still try 1-2 more recipes, but this one is definitely a contender. Thanks!