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How do you store a delicious pineapple upside down cake so that you keep its moisture and beautiful appearance? This cake is a family favorite, and keeping it tasting fresh is important. We've done some research to find out great ways to store your pineapple upside down cake. Let's see what we found.
A pineapple upside down cake will dry out if not stored correctly. If you're keeping it for a day or two, we recommend studding it with a few toothpicks, then wrapping plastic wrap over the top. The toothpicks will hold the wrap off of the sticky surface of the cake. You could also use a plastic cake topper if the cake is round.
Let's look at this more closely. We'll also answer some other frequently asked questions about pineapple upside down cakes, like can you leave it out overnight. Can you freeze a pineapple upside down cake, and how do you thaw it? Is there a way to prevent it from getting soggy, do you eat it warm, and how do you reheat it? Please keep reading for the answers to all of these questions.
What's The Best Way To Store Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
Pineapple upside down cake is a classic dessert. Baked by first lining your baking pan with pineapples, brown sugar, and maraschino cherries, then adding your cake batter, this reverse cake is ooey, gooey, and delicious. But because it's so deliciously moist and a little sticky, care must be taken when storing it. If you leave it uncovered, it might dry out, and this cake is best served tender and moist.
Use Toothpicks and Plastic Wrap
One simple way to cover up your cake for storage is to use ordinary toothpicks and a sheet of plastic wrap. Shown here on a frosted cake, the concept is the same for pineapple upside down cake. Simply stud the surface with toothpicks, then lightly wrap the cake with plastic wrap. This will keep moisture in but will keep the plastic wrap from sticking to the surface of the cake.
Use A Cake Cover
Another way to store your pineapple upside down cake is by using a covered dish. Round cake covers are easily found, and make it super simple to just pop the cake inside and cover it up to keep the moisture inside.
Can You Leave A Pineapple Upside Down Cake Out Overnight?
Pineapple upside down cake can be left out overnight. The sugar in the recipe will provide some stability to keep things from going bad. It might even taste better the next day when left out at room temperature as all of those delicious flavors will have melded together. However, if your house is very warm, like above the mid-seventies, the cake may start to break down more quickly. So you might want to check before you go to bed to see what the temperature in your kitchen is.
Can You Freeze Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
Pineapple upside down cake is easy to freeze and does well in the freezer. When stored properly, it can last for up to three months there, so make a couple so you can freeze one. The most important thing to remember if you decide to freeze your cake is to first let it cool completely. Then we suggest covering the pineapple side with a bit of wax or parchment paper before wrapping it completely in aluminum foil. This will keep the top from sticking to the wrapping.
How Do You Thaw Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
When you're ready to thaw your pineapple upside down cake, take it out of the freezer. Then place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight before the day you want to serve it. Be sure and unwrap it once unthawed and let it warm up to room temperature. The flavors will be delicious when it's not as cold.
How Do You Prevent Pineapple Upside Down Cake From Getting Soggy?
Because pineapple has so much liquid, you've got to be careful making this cake or it could get soggy. Be sure to drain every bit of liquid from your pineapples before lining your pan. You might even pat them down a bit to remove excess moisture.
If your cake does get soggy, you can give it a quick fix by sticking it into your oven at broil for a few moments. Keep a close eye on it so that it doesn't over brown or burn.
Do You Eat Pineapple Upside Down Cake Warm?
How you eat your pineapple upside down cake is up to you. Some folks like it warm, some folks like it room temperature, and some folks are content to eat it chilled from the fridge. But, if you love ice cream and love cakes and pies served a la mode, then we suggest eating it warm. Vanilla ice cream is so perfect on it, and the combination of caramelized sugar, browned pineapples, and rich vanilla cake soaked in melted ice cream...yum!
How To Reheat Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
If you want to reheat a slice of pineapple upside down cake, it's best to do it in the oven. Either slide the pan back in, or transfer your slice to a bit of aluminum foil and loosely wrap it, but leave the pineapple top exposed. Heat it at 35o degrees for about three to four minutes till you see a bit of a glistening shine on the surface.
Of course, if you're in a hurry, you can just slap a piece on a plate and stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This shouldn't dry it out too much, and it will still be warm enough for your whipped cream or ice cream to get a wee bit melty and delicious.
But Do You Really Need To Store Your Pineapple Upside Down Cake?
Is storage necessary for your pineapple upside down cake? Because let's be honest, there won't be that much left to snack on once people have a slice. It's classic deliciousness, and when you ask if folks want seconds, you'll hear a lot of, "well, maybe just a one more little slice."
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