Some of you had asked for this recipe from my Super bowl sunday spread. I will share the recipe for the cake but before that, time for some trivia on the 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 Hawaiin 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. Over 60,000 recipes were sent in, and 2,500 of them were for Pineapple Upside Down Cake. So it is obvious that between 1903 when canned pineapple was first available, and 1925 when the contest was held, Pineapple Upside Down Cake had become a very popular item.
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 Upside Down Cake even more popular.( www.foodreference.com)
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 tsp. salt
2 eggs, separated and beaten separately
2/3 cup water or milk3 tbsp
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can sliced pineapples
This is how you make it
Cream butter, add sugar, beaten egg yolks and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients alternately with water or milk.
Lastly, add stiffly beaten egg whites.
In the pan you will bake the cake in (a large round cast iron skillet works well) melt 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar.
When the butter and sugar becomes melted and syrupy, add slices of pineapple with maraschino cherries in the middle. Pour on batter.
Bake at 325°F for about 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched lightly near center.
Remove from oven, loosen cake gently from sides of pan and turn upside down onto a serving plate.
Serve with a sauce of your choice or whipped cream.