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Tuesdays With Dorie—Fresh Rhurbarb Upside Down Baby Cakes


IMG_2134Okay, actually Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Baby Cakes. I almost didn't make these, but we had pineapple left over from our Cinco de Mayo party. I whipped them up tonight after my son went to bed. These were easy and fast. (started at 8:30pm and was stuffing one in my mouth by 9:45pm). You can get the full text of the recipe at When in Doubt…Leave it at 350. Thanks to Erin, our lovely hostess.

IMG_2129This recipe brought back memories of baking with my Mom when I was growing up. She relied on her battered, red Betty Crocker cookbook. The binding was falling apart and the spine was stretched by all the clipped recipes that she stuffed in the front of the book. This was the late 70's-early 80's. Italian food was still considered "International". There wasn't a single Mexican recipe in the whole book. There was a recipe for something called "Sukiyaki". I'm not sure what that was, Mom never made it. She did make Waikiki Meatballs and kept them warm in a tan CrockPot during parties. We made the potato salad every summer for just about every family picnic or cookout or crab feed. We baked snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies and sand tarts every Christmas. And she made the pineapple upside down cake (with canned pineapple, but no maraschino cherries. Mom didn't like them) and it was awesome. My brothers and I used to fight over who got the piece with the most pineapple.

image copyI'm going to make this recipe the next time Mom comes to visit. I hope it brings back the same good memories for her. My Mom is the reason that I learned to cook. She was the first person that taught me that putting good food on the table for your family is an act of love. I got the message, Mom. I can't wait to have you and Dad over for dinner again soon.

Author: cathybruce

I'm a graphic designer, cook, gardener, geek, wife, and mom. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. Oooh cute! Love that you made little muffin sized ones.
    smarkies recently posted..TWD: Fresh Rhubarb Upside-down Baby Cakes

  2. Ohhh Waikiki meatballs! I have a recipe for those – so good. Glad you ended up making these. I loved how moist and tender the cake is, and versatile – can not go wrong with any type of topping.
    cathleen recently posted..TWD: Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

  3. Pineapple upside down cake was the only one on our radar when I was growing up, too! I’m sure that sharing this with your parents will bring back many lovely memories. I’m looking forward to trying variations of this cake, but I think I want a rhubarb version at least once more before the season ends!
    Teresa recently posted..Fresh Rhubarb Upside Down Baby Cakes

  4. shoot–it’ s hard not to love a pineapple upside-down cake. your little cakelettes look nice and gooey.

  5. I’m sure the fresh pineapple was delicious. My mom also taught me to love cooking. I have five brothers and we lived on a small farm. It was a big job to run a house with 6 kids and all that went with it (I know I did it too)!
    A home cooked meal every day exactly at 5 was something we could count on. It was a place of love, acceptance, fun and delicious food. What a great legacy my parent left!
    Sorry for the trip down memory lane–food does that to one!!
    Cindy Harris recently posted..TWD/BWJ Rhubarb Baby Cakes

  6. Loved your post. Your cakes look great. Pineapple is a great idea! Must try that too. I used mangos, as rhubarb wasn’t ready yet.
    SandraM recently posted..Rhubarb upside down cake

  7. I love your little cakes and I love the story about your mom!! I am sure she will really enjoy them when she visits :)

  8. Very very cute! I love anything mini!
    Karen @ Karen’s Kitchen Stories recently posted..Fresh Rhubarb Upside-down Baby Cakes | Tuesdays with Dorie

  9. Substituting fresh pineapple (one of our favorite fruits) in this recipe sounds like a delicious idea.
    Gillian and Inge recently posted..TWD: Fresh Pear Upside-down Cake

  10. They look delicious. I always had the canned pineapple version growing up. I imagine the fresh version is 10x better!

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