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Upside-Down Skillet Cakes

Flip over these upside-down cast-iron skillet cakes.

The more you delve into culinary history, the more you learn that many of our beloved recipes and traditions seem to have originated as marketing campaigns. Our favorite pecan pie recipes were printed on corn syrup bottle labels, and the Doctor Bird, or Hummingbird Cake, recipe came to us via a pamphlet from the Jamaica Tourist Board. Bundt pan sales jumped exponentially after the Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake placed second in the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off, and now practically every baker has a Bundt pan and a favorite Bundt cake recipe. In 1925, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company sponsored a contest calling for pineapple recipes. The company ran an ad about the flood of pineapple upside-down cake recipes it had received, and the skillet cake’s popularity skyrocketed. And as if you need another reason to love your cast-iron skillet, it can turn out a beautifully caramelized upside-down cake like nothing else. An upside-down cake is also a good cake for a novice baker to try, as it is very easy. Check out this selection of skillet cakes and you will see they are as incredibly simple as they are seasonal and delicious. Pop one of these recipes in the oven and make a pot of coffee. Once the enticing aromas start floating through the house, family will come running.

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