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Upside-down cake

An upside-down cake is a cake usually made in a pan with a curved bottom then, once cooked, turned over and allowed to set, and is eaten upside-down. Usually, chopped fruits such as apples, pineapples and cherries are placed at the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured in, so that they form a decorative topping once the cake is inverted.

Turning the upside-down cake is a critical process, as if done improperly, part of the cake can remain attached to the pan, ruining the final aspect. In order to allow for a better detachment, the bottom of the pan is usually covered with butter, and in some cases with sugar too. Flour, instead, is generally to avoid.

In culture

In the 1941 Disney film The Reluctant Dragon, the title character recites a poem about upside-down cake at one point, which he calls "Ode to an Upside-Down Cake".

Pineapple Upside-down cake is referenced in the Brak song "I Like Hubcaps" from the album: Brak Presents the Brak Album Starring Brak. In the song, Brak says: "I like pineapple upside-down cake, why's it upside-down? WHY'S IT UPSIDE-DOWN?"

In the first episode of The Jetsons, Rosey clobbers Mr. Spacely with a pineapple upside-down cake after he makes an insulting comment. Spacely then fires George, but later calls from a pay phone and offers him his job back after tasting the cake - which he is still wearing on his head.

In a season two episode of Psych, Shawn Spencer bakes a miniature upside down cake in an Easy Bake oven.

In the BBC sitcom Dad's Army, Private Godfrey makes frequent reference to "my sister Dolly's upside-down cakes".

A PBS special in 1976 reported that the upside-down cake was a choking hazard for small children. This caused wide spread panic in the food industry that lead to massive recalls in baking pans.

In Total Drama Island, Heather tells Lashawna and Beth to make an upiside down flambé.

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