Upside-down cake

An upside-down cake is a cake that is baked "upside-down" in a single pan, usually a skillet, with its toppings at the bottom of the pan. When removed from the oven, the finished upside-down preparation is flipped over and de-panned onto a serving plate, thus "righting" it, and serving it right-side up.[1]

Upside-down cake
Pineapple upside-down cake
Main ingredientsBatter, fruit (apples, pineapples, cherries)

Usually chopped or sliced fruits — such as apples, cherries, peaches, or pineapples[2][3] — butter, and sugar are placed on the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured in, so that they form a baked-on topping after the cake is inverted. A simple cottage pudding cake batter may be used.[4]

The first American recipes for upside-down cake, using prunes, appeared in newspapers in 1923.[5][6]

Traditional upside-down preparations include the American pineapple upside-down cake, the French Tarte Tatin,[7] and the Brazilian or Portuguese bolo de ananás (also known as bolo de abacaxi). In the United States, pineapple upside down cakes became popular in the mid-1920s after Dole Pineapple Company sponsored a contest for pineapple recipes.[8][9] They received over 2,500 various submissions for the inverted pineapple cake and ran an advertisement about it, which increased the cake's popularity.[10][11]

See also


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  2. "Pineapple upside-down cake". BBC. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. "Pineapple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake". Food Network (in Pali). Retrieved 2019-09-24.
  4. Sawyer, Marion F. (February 13, 1934). "Cottage Pudding Proves Equally at Home in an Apartment or Fine Mansion". Detroit Free Press. p. 10. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  5. "Prune Upside-Down Cake". San Francisco Chronicle. January 21, 1923. p. 6. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  6. "a new-idea coffee cake: Sunsweet Prune Upside-down Cake (advertisement)". Pittsburgh Press. February 22, 1923. p. 20. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  7. "Tarte Tatin French Upside-Down Pie". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 9, 1977. p. 16D. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  8. "Household Department: Pineapple Upside Down Cake". Boston Globe. December 21, 1925. p. 17. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  9. "Who Invented Pineapple Upside Down Cake?". Scrantonian Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania). January 23, 1983. p. F12. Retrieved August 3, 2022 via
  10. "Pineapple Upside DownCake Recipe and History". What's Cooking America. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  11. York, Patricia S. "Upside-Down Skillet Cakes". Southern Living. Retrieved January 20, 2022.

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