My gramma used to bake cakes and pies during the Depression and my grampa would sell them door-to-door and on the street corners to support them during that awful time. This is one of my favorites.

C. N.
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Melt butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar; heat until bubbly. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple rings and pecans on top.

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; repeat sifting twice more.

  • Beat white sugar and eggs together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  • Alternate folding flour mixture and pineapple juice into the egg mixture in 3 batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Pour over pineapple slices.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the skillet for 5 minutes. Invert carefully onto a serving platter.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; 10.2 g total fat; 67 mg cholesterol; 215 mg sodium. 55.1 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2017
I teach English classes in Guatemala, and students asked to make a cake. Because we have access to fresh, local and sweet pineapple, we tried this, mainly because it doesn't take a boxed cake mix. They cut fresh pineapple, made the sugar butter sauce, decorated the bottom of the cake, and we baked it. They were very impressed by the beautiful presentation, and ate it still warm. I will make this again, but with some changes. I think it was too sweet and the amount of butter was too much, I think. It was very good, but I will make 1/2 more batter, and use less sugar and butter so that it is more cakey. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2020
This was delicious. The cake part was a little flat and tasted a bit funny but perhaps it was because I didn't fluff the eggs enough. Overall very sweet and tasty. Read More
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2017
I teach English classes in Guatemala, and students asked to make a cake. Because we have access to fresh, local and sweet pineapple, we tried this, mainly because it doesn't take a boxed cake mix. They cut fresh pineapple, made the sugar butter sauce, decorated the bottom of the cake, and we baked it. They were very impressed by the beautiful presentation, and ate it still warm. I will make this again, but with some changes. I think it was too sweet and the amount of butter was too much, I think. It was very good, but I will make 1/2 more batter, and use less sugar and butter so that it is more cakey. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2017
I teach English classes in Guatemala, and students asked to make a cake. Because we have access to fresh, local and sweet pineapple, we tried this, mainly because it doesn't take a boxed cake mix. They cut fresh pineapple, made the sugar butter sauce, decorated the bottom of the cake, and we baked it. They were very impressed by the beautiful presentation, and ate it still warm. I will make this again, but with some changes. I think it was too sweet and the amount of butter was too much, I think. It was very good, but I will make 1/2 more batter, and use less sugar and butter so that it is more cakey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2018
I just finished baking this and added a photo. I haven't tried it, it's for a party tomorrow but I will update after the tasting. The baking... Pretty easy recipe. However, while making the sugar butter I turned my back for a sec to start the dry ingredients and burned it, so I dumped it, cleaned my skillet and started over. The second go, I stirred constantly, but I think I let it cook a bit too long, as the butter and sugar kind of split and darkened. It looked perfect moments before but I was waiting for the sugar to melt a little more. I used it anyway. Smells like some yummy browned butter! Everything else in the recipe went well. When I put the batter in the skillet it didn't look like it was going to be enough to cover it, but after spreading, it was just enough. However, if the cake is delicious, I may add a half or double the batter next time as the cake isn't as thick as I envisioned. Like another reviewer, I chose to use fresh cherries instead of pecans (and used fresh pineapple too). To be continued... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2017
My husband's favorite cake! This was so light and it didn't make me feel too full. It was perfect for something sweet after dinner. Great with a cup of coffee or tall glass of ice cold milk. I added a handful of pecans to the topping for added crunch.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2017
this is the first time I have filled with a cast iron skillet and I am pretty happy with the results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2017
This is an amazing recipe I love it. Great for parties and reunions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2017
Absolutely delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2019
I used a 10" cast iron pan so I increased the recipe by 1/2. I also added some fresh mulberries and rhubarb pieces around the pineapple which gave it a delightful unexpected twist on flavor and presentation. Was very good! Would give 5 stars if there were some type of oil incorporated into the cake batter because although mine was not dry - you can tell from the texture it will not be forgiving if over baked. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2020
Not a fan. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
So delicious! Just like my Moms recipe. We eat gluten free, so I used King Arthur All Purpose measure for measure flour and it is excellent!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2020
This was delicious. The cake part was a little flat and tasted a bit funny but perhaps it was because I didn't fluff the eggs enough. Overall very sweet and tasty. Read More