Breakfast buffet
April 20th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Turn that frown right-side round: April 20 is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day.

The exact origin of the overturned confection is a little, well, sticky. It seems pineapple upside-down cake started appearing in the early twentieth century, right around the time that Dole expanded their pineapple canning operation, accredits Gregory McNamee in his book "Movable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food."

To make sure your cake is the (pine)apple of everybody's eye at the next gathering, put whole, non-overlapping pineapple slices in the bottom of the cast iron skillet or cake pan and plunk a maraschino cherry in the middle of each round.

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  1. Evil Grin

    I love pineapple upside down cake – but purely because of a children's book that was once a favorite of mine. Though I don't remember much about the book today (I can't for the life of me remember the name of it) I do remember a character standing upside down to bake the cake. It stuck with me so that every time I have a chance to eat a pineapple upside down cake, I do. Although I've never actually baked one.

    Maybe I'm subconsciously afraid you actually do have to stand on your head to bake an upside down cake.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • SeaBee from Home Port

      Haven't had one in ages, but they are very tasty if done properly... Now, to find someone that is willing to bake one for us...

      April 20, 2011 at 10:21 am |
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