A great Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

If you’ve got a great pineapple upside down cake recipe, you might be wondering just where that recipe originated from.

Well, as with all cakes, the recipe probably came from a basic one that was mixed and twisted differently through the years. The whole concept of an upside down cake, though, seems a little funny.

No one really knows where the upside down cake started, but it’s been around since the Middle Ages! Back then, people cooked with cast iron cookware, and they didn’t really have ovens except the ones they used to make bread sometimes.

Cakes and other sweets were often cooked over a fire in a pan. For some reason, someone decided to stick cherries, apples, or other seasonal fruits at the bottom of the pan before making a cake.

Maybe they knew the fruits would carmelize and add that little extra sweetness to the cake. Maybe the fruit was simple too heavy for the cake and ended up falling to the bottom of the pan.

When the cook discovered it, she simply flipped the cake upside down to discover that the fruit looked pretty on the new top of the cake.

At any rate, upside down cakes were just made with seasonal fruit until the early 1900’s, when a man by the name of Dole figured out a good way to can pineapple.

This tropical fruit hadn’t been widely available in the contiguous states before then, and it was really just a luxury.

When Dole figured out how to can pineapples, though, they became available from Hawaii and other tropical areas.

Cake bakers everywhere just had to convert their favorite upside down cake recipes to create a brand new pineapple upside down cake recipe that soon became a kitchen staple of the country.

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