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National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

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National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

Five Food Finds about Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

  • The term ‘upside down cake’ wasn’t used very much before the middle of the 19th century, but the style of baking probably dates back much further, probably to the Middle Ages.
  • The early recipes for fruit upside down cakes were made in cast iron skillets on top of the stove.
  • The classic American ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’ dates to sometime after 1903, when Jim Dole invented canned pineapple.
  • The Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole Pineapple) held a pineapple recipe contest in 1925, with judges from Fannie Farmer’s School, Good Housekeeping and McCall’s magazine on the judging panel. The 100 winning recipes would be published in a cookbook the following year.
  • The Hawaiin Pineapple Company ran an ad campaign in 1926 based on the fact that so many recipes for the cake had been submitted, naturally making the Pineapple…

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3 thoughts on “National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

  1. I have a vow to figure out if there is a viable substitute to maraschino cherries in pineapple upside down cake. I will still eat them, but after a friend in the farming business described to me how they are made (at least commercially)…

    1. LOL! It just so happens that I found canned pineapple on sale a while back and have half a cabinet full of them now. I’ll try a recipe at some point and if it’s half decent I’ll share it!

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