Recipe by Chef John
"This iconic American dessert looks like a simple, rustic fruit cobbler when it comes out of the oven, all browned and bubbling, but a few minutes later, when it's turned over and that gloriously caramelized surface is revealed, it becomes so much more."
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light brown sugar
fresh pineapple - peeled, cored, and sliced
1 1/2 cups
UNBELIEVABLE!! This cake is absolutely amazing and so easy to make. It was gone in 10 minutes at my house. Very earthy and fulfilling. I'll be making this again and again...It is "The perfect desert"
Sorry- I thought the cake was dry. There are other recipes I find much more moist and have more flavour. The cardamom did not add the "special" element I thought it would.
So I watched the video of this recipe that was posted on the home page, and decided to try it...Had to improvise a bit (apologies to you review purists) used Capt. Morgans spiced rum and had no pineapple juice since I used pre-sliced fresh pineapple in a plastic container and it had a little sponge on the bottom which stole all the juice. Subbed OJ. Subbed a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg for cardamom (personal preference).
My skillet was a bit larger than 12 inches, so my batter just barely covered the pineapple and cooked up in about 20-25 minutes.
Very tasty - very buttery
I was surprised by this, because I expected the dough to be liquidy, as usual for cake. The dough was actually very thick, almost knead-able, even after I added a splash more of milk to try and loosen it up a little. But, I gamely spread the dough on the fruit-and-sugar in the skillet, and baked it... and it came out DELICIOUS. As a note, I used coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar in the topping, and a third of a cup of agave instead of the half cup of sugar in the cake itself. Worked just fine.
I was looking so forward to trying this recipe I even bought a cast-iron skillet! I don't know if I did something wrong (I can't see that I did), but it was disappointing. It looked pretty, just like the photo, but the cake was dry and didn't have much flavor.
Great, reminds me of my mom's cast iron pineapple upside down cake. Only difference I have made in recipe is to use canned unsweetened pineapple slices with a maraschino cherry placed in the center of the slices and Splenda brown sugar blend for brown sugar. Also do not have cardamon and used dash of cinnamon. Great recipe Chef John!
What no cayenne?
Have not made yet just surprised to see Chef John and no cayenne pepper. i will updated tonight when i make it
****UPdate***This was a great cake, i only gave it 4 stars because i think i wanted a little more cake, i will make again i think that i will double the cake part. the cardamom was a nice flavor and went well with the brown sugar and pineapple. I ment to add some pineapple juice to the batter but forgot
thank you chef john
This was quite good, but I'm sorry to say that I likes the box mix version my brother made for me better. He used a yellow cake mix (substituting applesauce for the oil - cake was really moist - but of course with a brown sugar & butter topping it still wasn't low fat). The fresh ingredients worked fine, but it was on the dense side as most scratch cakes are.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 111
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