July 27, 2011

Cast Iron Skillet Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

There may just be a million recipes for a cast iron skillet and I am going to try to find them all. I LOVE cooking in my skillet. It just makes me feel more southern and like a legitimate cook somehow. So here you go, the first recipe post in my cast iron skillet series.

This is probably one of the best pineapple upside down cakes I have ever tried. The ones I grew up with always had canned pineapple and bright red maraschino cherries. Why the idea of using fresh fruit never crossed my mind I dont know. The dark rum was a great added touch. Thanks Emril!

  • 1/2 ripe medium pineapple, peeled, cored, eyes removed and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds (about 4 or 5 slices)
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 14 pecan halves
  • 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 4 fresh cherries, halved and pits removed


Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet, over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium high and cook until the sugar mixture is bubbly, about 2 minutes. Arrange pineapple slices in the skillet in a pleasing pattern and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until the sugar mixture turns an amber color. Turn the pineapple slices over and remove the pan from the heat. (The mixture will continue to cook even though the heat is off.) Arrange the pecan halves in the spaces between the rings. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Stir together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the remaining 1/2 cup butter and the granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in 3 batches, mixing at low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in the vanilla and rum.

Spoon the batter evenly over the pineapple slices in the skillet. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool the cake in the skillet on a wire rack for 4 minutes only. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake and, wearing oven mitts and working quickly, invert the cake onto a cake plate, keeping plate and skillet firmly pressed together. Carefully lift the skillet off cake and replace any fruit stuck to the bottom of the skillet, if necessary. Arrange the fresh cherry halves, cut side down, into the top of the cake, in the center of the pineapple rings.

My Notes
I used regular ol' all-purpose flour in this recipe. If you happen to have cake flour, I say go for it, but if you dont want yet another bag in your pantry, use what you have. It will turn out fine!

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