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

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]

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


  1. ^ Clark, Melissa (August 3, 2022). "Take Your Cakes to the Upside Down". Pittsburgh Press. pp. D1, D8. Retrieved August 3, 2022 – via
  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.