National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today for April month celebrations I celebrate a (bit late) National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day!
I am surprised that there are so many unofficial National Days and some of them are very inspiring and great prompts for my doodlewash motivation!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

This cake has a fascinating history
It was invented because several other convenience items were developed that gave the housewife time to make a cake pretty as well as delicious.

The idea of cooking a cake upside down, is an old technique that started centuries ago when cakes were cooked in cast iron skillets. It was easy for cook to add fruit and sugar in the bottom of the pan and a simple cake batter on top and put it over the fire to cook.
Then flipping it over onto a plate was a natural way to show the pretty fruit and let it run into the cake as well.

The idea of the pineapple soon after 1911 when one of James Dole’s engineer had invented a machine to cut his pineapples into nice rings. Soon the convenient and pretty rings were used in this age old technique of the skillet cake. The invention of the maraschino cherry added the necessary color needed to make this cake stunning.

This old-fashioned cake is truly delicious I made it several times and it is always a joy to eat!
I couldn’t find my own recipe but I found one here that looks similar and pretty good to me I will link it in case you like to try and if you do it let me know how turned out! ❤
Pineapple Upside Down Cake –

Details about my doodlewash:
 watercolor with brown ink finish. I used one of my favorite French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle 12 demi-godets half-pans travel metal box  and Pigma Micron Brown Ink pen #01 over a Mixed Media  Sketchbook!

With this Celebration of National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day, I am also join Charlie at doodlewash celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash!  You are welcome to join with your doodlewash!  Tag your image#doodlewashaday.


#doodlewashaday #PineappleUpsideDownCakeDay

Happy doodles and have a great day or evening!

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©Carolina Russo


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29 thoughts on “National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

  1. I was smiling when I read about what National Day it is today! Too funny! But awesome that you always provide such background information. Now to the drawing! Carolina, I did not know it was possible but you are surprising me again and again. This is a masterpiece! All the details, the shadows and light… you are absolutely amazing, Carolina. Fantastic!

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    • Thank you Erika I am smiling too! And I find it interesting and fun drawing these National Days! I am doing this with other Artists and it is actually motivating which is great to use this as inspirational prompt to create! About my drawing I love illustration and I am happy that you like it! ❤

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  2. Rita

    I can think of NO better day 😊

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  3. This is another wonderful painting, Carolina. You are so talented, as Erika says.
    I remember making this cake at school and it is lovely. Thanks for bringing back those memories as well! 🙂

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  4. Fantastic! Are you sharing and yes I would love to have a piece thank you!!

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  5. You do illustration and watercolor so expertly. I love this!

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  6. A. M. Yeager

    :O I’ve been CRAVING pineapple upside down cake! Your art is always so lovely. :]

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  7. love the art and the info!

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  8. lfish64

    I love pineapple upside down cake. Fun post, very interesting.

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  9. As I’ve said elsewhere… this is gorgeous and fabulous!! Love this one… and sooooo hungry looking at it! Fabulous work, Carolina! 😍

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  10. Love this story Carolina > especially the story of the cutting machine and the maraschino cherries. Lovely art work as ever x

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  11. Carolinaaaaaa, Great work! Beautiful and lovely!!

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    • Thank you Magny I am happy that you like it and that you got to see some of my latest work, I am joining Charlie at doodlewash with April celebration and it is so fun!


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