Everyone knows the quickest way to a person’s heart is through a pudgie pie. Quicker yet might just be a heart-shaped pudgie pie. Since we have yet to find a heart-shaped pie iron (hint-hint Rome Industries), we attempted the next-best thing. While it was a labor of love to create, the Pie Iron Pineapple Upside-Down Cake we devised is pretty golden.
We’ve been experimenting with cake batter lately, and it turns out that it works great in a pie iron. If you don’t want to make an entire cake mix (can’t imagine why) you can just divide it by the number of eggs called for and divide the rest of the ingredients accordingly. We found a pineapple cake mix calling for 3 eggs, so we just made 1/3 of it by adding 1 egg and 1/3 of the oil and water called for. 1/3 box of cake mix is the perfect amount for 2 pudgie cakes.
At first, we didn’t succeed. The first 2 attempts at this pudgie tasted great, but our pineapple mysteriously disappeared from the outside both times. First we tried filling the pie iron with batter and laying the pineapple and cherry on top, and then we tried putting the pineapple and cherry on the bottom and covering it with batter. Each time the pineapple moved into the middle.
So, we tried, tried again. While it is a bit arduous, the key is to cook the batter in the iron for a few minutes to firm it up and then add the pineapple and cherry on top. Oh, the things we’ll do for the love of pudgies.
Pie Iron Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
- 1/3 box pineapple cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/3 scant cup water
- 5 T vegetable oil
- 1 ring canned pineapple, heart shape optional
- 1 maraschino cherry
- high heat cooking spray
Liberally spray pie iron pans with cooking spray. Mix cake batter according to box directions. Fill one side of pie iron to the brim with cake batter. Carefully close and place over heat source keeping iron extremely level. Don’t be alarmed if a little oozing occurs. After about 3 minutes, open iron and top batter with pineapple slice and cherry. Close and continue cooking, about 5 minutes total on each side or until cake is golden brown. Use a knife to gently release any stuck edges. Let cool and share with the one you love!