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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

It’s cake…a Pineapple Upside Down Cake baked in a genu-wine cast iron pan, y’all!

Starts looking ordinary, like this (ho-hum):

 Pineapple Upside Down Cake

But, if you do it right, turns out all gooey and caramel-y and pineapple-y, like this:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

My B-I-L, one of the outlaws (as I count myself), did the nicest thing for me.  So, of course I wanted to thank him in a very Patti-esque way.  It was either bake his fav-or-rite cake or write him a poem.  I think I made the right choice.

This is a new recipe, one I took from the Smitten Kitchen’s stash.  If the cake tastes anything like the creamy light batter (WITH RUM!) I licked from the spoon, if the cake tastes anything like the deliriously sinful caramel-based bottom the pineapples rest in, if the cake tastes anything like the heavenly smell emanating from the kitchen RIGHT NOW, then this cake will be a new tradition.

I hope it’s the best Pineapple Upside Down Cake B-I-L has ever had.  Because one good deed deserves another.

If you’ve never used a cast iron skillet, I can testify to their all around usefulness.  Mine will be handed down one day…it’s that good.

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Happy Baking, my babies!

P.S. Do you guys think it’s hokey to bake as a thank you?  Do you think I should have gone with the poem?




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  1. NO poems! Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! Pineapple upside down cake was one of my Dad’s favorites and he used make it often. I found a great recipe for Pineapple upside down cupcakes that I made for brunch one weekend. They were the first thing to disappear! Now if I only owned a cast iron skillet…

  2. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose says

    Yum, one of my all time favorites – never seen it made in a skillet – learn something new everyday!

    • The sugar was crystallized and gooey all at the same time. I was told by my BIL that it was the best he ever had. Great recipe!

  3. Looks delicious, and I love anything I can make in my iron skillet! The cake was definitely the way to go for a thank you gift. Food >> poems.

  4. Yum!! My mom always made the best pineapple upside down cake and yours looks exactly like hers!

  5. You had me at “Do not lick your screen”!!!!!!

  6. Yum! Baking as a thank you is THE way to go. In fact, my daughter had an arrangement with a local mechanic (not a franchise) wherein he fixed her car only for the price of a batch of chocolate chip cookies—my recipe. 😀 He was an older, married gentleman, but is no longer in business anymore, unfortunately. Perhaps because you can’t pay the bills with baked goods.

  7. Wow! I agree with Jeannie! I’m hopping over from Let’s Get Social Sunday. Thank you for posting! — I’m a brand-new blogger and would love for you to drop by my page sometime. Thanks, and have a great day!

  8. That looks so darn good! 🙂

  9. I have never used cast-iron skillet and wouldn’t have thought to use one for a cake, but this looks amazing!! What a tasty thank you gesture! 🙂
    Found you from the Frugal Crafty Home link party.

    • It is worth getting a cast-iron pan to make this cake and then to impress others with your cowgirl prowess…of course!

  10. mike just got me this pan for valentine’s day, and weirdly enough, i had just heard of this recipe. HEAVY ON THE RUM!!!!

  11. oh wait, the recipe i got was more like this… angelfood cake mix. make with half oil half rum or something like that. dump over pineapple, butter, and brown sugar in pan. bam.

    • i’m telling you, THIS RECIPE. One of the BEST batters I’ve ever licked off my fingers AND BIL said it was hands down the best pineapple upside down cake he’s ever had.

      well, that was kind of pushy of me….lol!

  12. I had no idea you could make this in a cast iron skillet! (Too bad I already licked my screen, darn it.)

    I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  13. Oh, I’m sure you made the correct choice!! This looks delish!!

    We are hosting our link party and would like to invite you to link up with us. The party goes live tonight. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  14. Wow! I am drooling!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  15. Okay, if I give you my address will you send me some? 😉 Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack!

  16. How did I never comment on this yet? I have been keeping it in my mind for my husband’s birthday, and it took a while to find….


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