Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a #MadMenBlogParty

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hey, remember that time I wanted to dye my hair like Joan from Mad Men? And it ending up being a total flop!!!

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Ooph, Christina Hendricks can rock the red hair, me- not so much. I just never could achieve the right kinda of red. Plus, I really don’t have the right coloring for it. I liked this red, but then it would fade so quickly while staining all our white washcloths, towels, and pillowcases. Then I played around with it myself and it got bright red. And then gave up and decided that I wasn’t Joan and had to just live with it. ha!

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The final season of Mad Men is starting this Sunday night and I am not excited about it. No, that’s wrong. I am really excited it is starting back up, but I am not excited that it is the final season. I’m so torn!! I already am dealing with the fact that Cougar Town had its series finale on Tuesday. At least we got to have fun with my Penny can and drink wine!

I love when I get to incorporate food into something, like when I did all my NASCAR related “Sprint Cup Snacks” posts and created recipes based upon where they were racing each week. So when this #MadMenBlogParty popped up I was really excited because it would mean I’d get to whip up something all vintage-y.

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To me a Pineapple Upside Down Cake would be a dessert that Betty Draper would whip up for a dinner party. And then Betty Francis would actually eat. ha!

Typically Pineapple Down Cakes are made in cast iron skillets, but I didn’t have a cast iron skillet large enough for the cake so I just used a 9″ round cake pan. I adjusted the process of melted the butter in the skillet to just melting it and then pouring it in the pan. I think it worked out really well.

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It looked beautiful. I loved the geometry of it. Plus, the red cherries in the center of the pineapple rings where so lovely. A nice pop of color in it.

So enjoy Sunday’s episode and the rest of the season! I know it will be amazing. It will be hard to say good bye to it once it wraps up, but at least it was a great run. Oh man, the fashion, the drinks, the story-lines. And Don Draper. Yum.

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Plus, what’s Mad Men viewing without some drinking so check out this drinking game. Not drinking? No worries, I’m not either now while doing Whole30, so just play with Mad Men bingo!

No matter what, enter this fun giveaway and be sure to check out Tom and Lorenzo’s episode and fashion recaps on Monday morning. I can’t wait!

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In the mean time…


Join us for a #‎MadMenBlogParty‬!





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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Makes a 9″ cake


  • 1 1/3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple slices 
  • 7 maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 Cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the oil and milk to the bowl and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla, egg, lime rind, and lime juice, blending just until well combined.
  4. Melt the butter and pour into the bottom of your 9″ round baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar around the bottom of the pan.
  5. Arrange the pineapple slices on the brown sugar. Place 1 cherry in the center of each pineapple ring and then sprinkle the pecans on the pineapple slices. Pour the batter evenly over the top and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a circular platter.

Adapted from Martha Stewart


About iamahoneybee

Mom to Autumn and Hunter, Wife to Price. Rabbit and Boston Terrier owner. Former Bostonian soaking up the Florida Sun. Home cook messing around with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You'll find me most often with my phone in hand wearing my uniform of a Tunic with leggings rocking some Sperry's. A bit of prep mixed with bourbon and a foul mouth.
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10 Responses to Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a #MadMenBlogParty

  1. Love this classic cake!


  2. Awesomely vintage — really nicely done!


  3. amanda says:

    I should probably watch Mad Men one of these days! I love this cake so much. I could really go for a slice right now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • iamahoneybee says:

      Yes! It’s so good.
      I didn’t even have any cake… stupid whole30. But I gave it to Autumn’s teacher and she liked it. But ugh! Day 3!


  4. The perfect vintage recipe for a party!!!! (I actually made pineapple upside down cake for my son’s 1st birthday!) I’ve played that redhead game before and lost, too. Around the time Titanic came out. Kate Winslet and Christina Hendricks wear it much better.


  5. Aimee says:

    Beautiful cake, Nicole! One of the classics! I can’t believe you resisted a slice! Bracing myself for a roller coaster of highs and lows for the next 7 episodes…

    Liked by 1 person

    • iamahoneybee says:

      Oh I have a nice long list of things to eat after whole30, and I am def making this again for my own slice. Massive slice!!!
      I can’t wait for Sunday Night!


  6. kellybakes says:

    Oddly, I love red hair on other people but I could never rock the right red myself. I applaud you for having the courage to go red! And more kudos for resisting this beautiful cake! I wouldn’t have the same self control 😛


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