Can you make a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in the 11-1/2” Cutco Skillet on top of the stove? You bet. It’s so quick and easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this before.
My best friend, who’s also a former co-worker, has been doing this for years. In fact, when I called her and asked her for the recipe she was in the midst of making a spice cake in the skillet so this method works for other flavors of cake as well. Just as you would do when baking a cake in the oven, make sure the skillet is greased or sprayed with non-stick spray so the cake doesn’t stick.
This skillet method produces a moist and light one-layer cake that can be dusted with confectioner’s sugar, frosted or served with a dollop of whipped cream. This cake can be a life-saver when you get a call from friends saying they’ll be dropping by. If you’re like me, you always have some kind of cake mix on hand.
Besides tasting better, it’s so much more economical to make something yourself instead of buying it. Some additional combinations to try are cherry pie filling and chocolate cake or apple pie filling and spice cake.
Using the Mix-Stir, prepare cake mix according to package instructions, using the reserved juice and, adding water if necessary, for the amount of liquid called for in the directions. Set aside.
Melt butter in the 11-1/2″ Cutco Skillet over low heat, swirling it on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Remove pan from the heat. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of butter.
Place pineapple rings on top of brown sugar. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring and in the gaps between the rings.
Ladle the cake mix on top of the pineapple and smooth it evenly so it’s about 1 inch from the top of the pan. Cover the pan with the lid and cook on low heat on the stovetop for 20 – 30 minutes. The cook time will vary depending on the type of stove – gas vs. electric. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick in the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, continue to cook, testing every couple minutes.
Cool in the skillet about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and flip onto a serving platter.
Cool completely. Serve plain or with whipped cream.
Barbara Singer is our resident home cook and has been part of the Cutco family since March 1990. Barb has always had an appreciation and love for cooking which she attributes to her Italian mother who was an excellent cook. Barb has her mother’s recipe box which she refers to often. She enjoys trying new recipes and adding touches to make them her own and particularly enjoys baking, considering cheesecake to be one of her specialties. She uses her husband, children and co-workers as taste-testers for the new recipes she tries. Barb says she can count on them to be honest and let her know if it’s a winner or a loser.