Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


I am lucky enough to have my grandmother's iron skillet. I can cook with it, which actually adds iron to our food, and if I ever need a weapon, it's my go-to choice for braining someone. (It's heavy.)

People used to make cakes in their iron skillets, so when my mom visited recently she showed me how to make a pineapple upside-down cake in my skillet.

Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Take 1 cup of brown sugar and mix in 1/2 stick of melted butter. Coat your skillet or cake pan with cooking spray and then spread with the brown sugar/butter mixture.


Place pineapple rings on the brown sugar mixture with a cherry in the center of each one. You can also use crushed pineaple and place cherries where you want them.

Pineapple upside down cake

Mix up a yellow cake according to directions, and spread on top of the pineapples and cherries.

Skillet Cake

Bake in the oven using the suggested temperature for the cake, but adding at least 10 minutes to the baking time. Cake is ready when it is brown and a toothpick comes out clean.


Turn it out onto a platter. This cake is so moist and delish!


Thanks to Mom, who had to make her own birthday cake for the sake of my blog post!


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mo.stoneskin said...

I can't think of anything more terrifying than your grandmother's iron skillet. Or any grandmother's iron skillet. What could be more dangerous?

Amy said...

Mo - It could seriously kill someone. I pull it out of the drawer with two hands, it's so heavy.

RuensOnTheRun said...

Sounds yummy - printing now!

Kristen said...

Your skillet cake is definitely prettier than mine. Funny that we both posted them today.

I love using cast iron; especially the old pans. They are great.

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

YUM! Definitely will be trying to make that soon.

Rachel said...

SLURP~~~~ I just licked my screen. NOM NOM.

I have one of Granny's cast iron skillets, too. It's one of my FAVORITE things!

Unknown said...

I love pineapple upside-down cake and haven't made one in a very long time. THANKS!!! for the recipe, I will definitely make one soon.

My Trendy Tykes said...

mmmmmmmm I want a piece of that!

the sandwich life said...

wow....I LOVE my cast iron skillet but have never used it for baking...thanks (to your Mom)!

Anonymous said...

Man, there is NOTHING like a family recipe made in a family dish, for family. Nothing.

Bejewell said...

(And that last anonymous comment? Me. Because I am an idiot.)

Amy said...

Anon/Beej - I completely agree with you, whoever you are!

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