Friday, April 20, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day - Postcard Friendship Friday #112

Today is Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

Pineapple Upside Down Cakes were not called by that name until the mid-19th Century.  I have a wonderful cookbook over 100 years old which calls it a fruit cake.  It was made in a cast iron skillet on top of the wood stove.  The recipe is said to date back to the middle ages, using all kinds of various fruits. 

The classic American Pineapple Upside Down Cake came around sometime after 1903, after Jim Dole invented canned pineapple. The Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole Pineapple) held a pineapple recipe contest in 1925.  One hundred winning recipes would be published in a cookbook the following year.  Over 60,000 recipes were sent in—2,500 of which were for Pineapple Upside Down Cake

It has been a popular dessert ever since.  My husband says he knew it as Pineapple Upside Down Rum Cake.  I remember it by that name, too—though in our house there wasn’t any rum in the recipe!

No one seems to know how the holiday celebrating Pineapple Upside Down Cake actually started, but I think it is a great idea.  Tonight I'm breaking out my old recipe book.

Happy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day!

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Postcardese said...


And more importantly, glad to hear your encouraging health news Beth.

Irene said...

You really are a vault of knowledge. What a great day, and an good excuse to eat cake. Any idea when it lemon meringue day? A great post as usual.

Funoldhag said...

Good stuff! Haven't had a piece of that in a long time.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I love pineapple upside down cake! You have my taste-buds getting excited. :)

PonyBoy Press said...

That's weird. I was just thinking the other day how I need to make one again. I made one once in a cast iron skillet. Very good. Hope you can come by the Postcard show this weekend!

anke-art said...

I've never heard about this cake, is it very popular in the USA? Mmmh, pineapple... :)
Anyway, I just came across your blog today (reading about old postcards). It was perfect timing because I've started to scan a large collection of vintage postcards, some of which are already available for free download. I'll add more and more cards, and I would say your Postcard Friendship Fridays have a new fan :D
Many greetings from Germany, and good luck for your health!