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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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DaisyM May 4, 2011 11:26 AM

Any hints? I'm making it for the first time as a birthday cake. Is it best served out of the oven or the next day? Thank you!

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  1. biondanonima RE: DaisyM May 4, 2011 11:36 AM

    I made one recently that I was pretty happy with, using the Cook's Illustrated method for the fruit. They call for a whole fresh pineapple, cut into slices, then stewed with brown sugar until the juices are released. The fruit is removed and the syrup is reduced, then mounted with butter and spread in the bottom of the pan, with the fruit layered on top. I used a 12" cast iron skillet and only made a half recipe of the cake, which resulted in a fairly thin cake (but which had the optimal fruit:cake ratio in my opinion - I find most pineapple upside down cakes to have WAY too much cake and not enough fruit.

    Anyway, you will need to let it cool a bit so that it will unmold properly no matter what recipe you use. If you want it warm, just heat slices briefly in the microwave. Still good the next day, although it might get a little soggier as the juices soak in.

    1. ROCKLES RE: DaisyM May 4, 2011 01:56 PM

      sooner the better after taking it out of oven. I eat it so fast it wont make it overnight anyway!!
      But if it does happen too make it overnight it gets a bit soggy from the pineapple and is not as good.

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        DaisyM RE: ROCKLES May 4, 2011 02:02 PM

        I appreciate the information. I'll stick it in the oven while we're having dinner.

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