Upside Down Cake
Most food historians believe that the upside down cake was a product of the
20th century. There is debate, however, as to when in the century it was
introduced. One journalist claims to have traced it back as far as a 1924
Seattle fund-raising cookbook.
Prior to this time cookbooks featured upside down cakes of a sort. They were
made on top of the stove in a cast iron skillet. These were, however, made with
apples and cherries instead of the now-common pineapple and cherries, and were
called “Skillet Cakes.”
In 1925 the Hawaiian Pineapple
Company held a baking competition. One of the winning entries was a pineapple
version of this popular confection. However, this is not considered to be the
original recipe as there were some 2500 upside down cake recipes entered in the
contest. Obviously the concept was already widespread and well-received by this
One moment of prominence in the history of this tasty treat was on the first
episode of “The Jetsons.” Rosie, upset over a rude remark he made, throws a
pineapple upside down cake in the face of George’s boss, Mr. Spacely. Mr.
Spacely’s first inclination is to fire George, but he reconsiders after
tasting the wonderful dessert.
claims to be the most wonderful verion ever. There are 3 items in the caramel
topping and 10 ingredients in the cake itself. The cake bakes in a 325 degree
oven for 60 to 75 minutes.
This Texas-sized recipe
contains 10 ingredients. It bakes at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
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