Let’s Get Cooking: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – from Grandma Ola Edith Backensto Riley


Elaine –  carrying on Grandma Edith’s family recipes

Although I don’t remember my Grandma Riley, she lives on in her good cooking.  Here’s another delicious family recipe handed down from our grandma to my cousin Elaine:

Elaine's wonderful pineapple upside down cake

Elaine’s wonderful pineapple upside down cake.  It’s quick and easy to make.


1 – 15oz. can of pineapple rounds (cannot use fresh pineapple) – save juice in can

1  – cup light brown sugar

1 – stick of butter

1 1/2  cup –  white sugar

3 – eggs

1/2 cup – cold water

1 1/2 cup – flour

2 tsp. – baking powder (rounded)

1 tsp. – vanilla


Melt brown sugar and butter in cast iron skillet until the mixture bubbles.

Add pineapple rounds in the bottom of the skillet.

In a separate bowl, mix white sugar, eggs, water, flour baking powder, & vanilla.

Pour over pineapple mixture.

Bake: at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.  (Done when a toothpick comes out clean).

Elaine says this pineapple upside-down cake is best served with pineapple curd and whipped cream.


Pineapple curd recipe

Cream together –

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter (margarine)

1 or 2 eggs well beaten…

1 heaping tablespoon flour

Heat juice  – saved juice from the can of pineapple….

Add above mixture of creamed sugar and margarine,

Add 1 heaping Tablespoon of flour,

Stir constantly until thick and smooth…

Let cool and serve with real whipped cream over cake ….makes a nice presentation.. and now we are all hungry…

Serves: 10      –   unless Thor is home 🙂

Slices don't last long.

Slices don’t last long.


Aloha, Renée


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Let’s Get Cooking: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – from Grandma Ola Edith Backensto Riley”

  1. Rosita says :

    I LOVE it 😋😋😋😋😋 I ate this cake at Cheesecake Factory a restaurant in Miami – USA and I have to agree that’s a delicious cake and thanks to teach us the recipe of this delicious cake 😀🍰🍰🍰

  2. Rosita says :

    Hahaha 😜😝 thank you

  3. Rosita says :

    Hi! Do you like KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog)? Here in Brazil we have two types of dogs: the local and ubiquitous BSDs (Brazilian Street Dog), who looks like the Balinese Street Dog and the unique Pastor da Mantiqueira (Mantiqueira Shepherd, in Portuguese), originated from the Brazilian highlands. This breed look like something between the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky. Mantiqueira Shepherd is an emerging dog breed from Brazil, as KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog) is from Bali 🙂 they have much more similarities than we think. These two breeds have so much mysteries to show to the world. Sincerely, I think that Mantiqueira Shepherd is more beautiful than BSD (Brazilian Street Dog), but I admire BSDs by their endurance.

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