The 20th of April is Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day.
When’s the last time you had Pineapple Upside-Down Cake?
Cappuccino Dacquoise, Triple Chocolate Mousse, White Truffle Cheesecake Gateau… as spectacular as all these cakes sound — and look — they all have two things in common. The first is that they are so excessively luxurious that we quickly became jaded by them. And secondly, they are bought cakes. You impress your guests by what you spent on dessert, rather than on what you made.
But pineapple upside-down cake is in a league apart from this. No one has seen one for so long, that it’s bound to wow them. And while your guests might be tempted at first sight to think you bought it, the very next thought that occurs to them will be that you couldn’t have — when’s the last time you saw one for sale anywhere?
Anyone with a modicum of kitchen competence has a reasonable right to expect it to turn out as a stunning looking cake that’s all the more impressive, because it’s come out of your oven — even if you did cheat and save time by making the batter from a cake mix.
The earliest print mention CooksInfo has been able to find of an April “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake” Day occurred in April 2004 in the El Paso Times in Texas (it also appeared in several affiliate newspapers on the same day):
“Today is… National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day” — El Paso, Texas: El Paso Times. Tuesday, 20 April 2004. Page 1, col. 1.