Boozy Grilled Pineapple Cherry Upside-Down Cake

That is one long name, and one delicious cake!  To continue our grilling fun, we took grilling to another level.  Hubby and I have never baked on our grill, and well it was time to break in the grill with a fun sweet treat!  Baking on a grill is definitely a different experience, between the temperatures, and keeping the pan on indirect heat.  So what is definitely required….patience!  There is also a lot of trial and error that can occur when cooking on a grill.

I will have to explore other pans, but using a Dutch oven or a cast iron pan is a wonderful choice when cooking your cake.  There are many different styles of Dutch ovens or cast iron pans to choose from.

We took a bite of the cake…..stopped and looked at each other….we were speechless!  Most of the recipes I read on upside-down cake called for canned pineapple and maraschino cherries.  With all the farmers markets in town there is no need to use canned food.  The bummer part, I had no cherry pitter, so I got a little messy!  After trying a cherry in the cake, we decided the cherries would be delicious soaked in Disaronno!  I guess I will have to make this cake again……AND you won’t have to twist my arm!

We used our propane grill for the upside-down cake, and his Mangrate cast iron grates to grill the pineapple slices.  Hubby wanted big grill marks on the the slices!

You really could use any fruit to make a upside-down cake, here is my recipe for plum upside-down cake.  If you want to make this cake in the oven, you will need the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you use a cast iron pan, you may need to bake it longer in the oven.  If you use a cake pan, or 9×13 pan, you will need to bake the cake in the oven for about 50-55 minutes depending on your oven.

Yields 8

Boozy Grilled Pineapple Cherry Upside-Down Cake

A moist cake, that is one delicious bite after another!

30 minsPrep Time

1 hourCook Time

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp Disaronno (for glaze in bottom of pan.)
4 Tbsp salted butter (for glaze in bottom of pan.)
2/3 cup brown sugar (for glaze in bottom of pan.)
1 fresh pineapple, sliced and center cored out.
1 cup fresh cherries, slice in half and pitted
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Florida Crystals Pure Cane Sugar
6 oz container of black cherry Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup Disaronno (AND maybe just a little extra!)
1 egg

Instructions

You will be using a propane grill for this recipe!

Grease cast iron pan with butter around sides of pan.

Grill pineapple slices on direct high heat for about 3 minutes on each side.

Slice in half each cherry, and remove pit carefully.

Melt butter in small pan.

In medium bowl - Mix together sugar, Greek yogurt, almond milk, Disaronno, and one egg.

In small bowl - Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Mix together the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, and sit aside.

Pour melted butter in bottom of pan, spread around brown sugar, and pour two tablespoons of Disaronno on top of brown sugar. Place sliced grilled pineapple on top of brown sugar glaze, and then place sliced cherries around to fill in gaps. Pour cake batter evenly on top of the pineapple and cherries.

Place cast iron pan on indirect heat on grill. Close the lid and let it sit for 25 minutes, turn pan half way around so cake evenly cooks on all sides, let cake cook for another 20 minutes.

Remove cake from grill, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Put plate on top of cast iron pan, and flip cake on plate carefully.

Enjoy!

Notes

If you have never had Disaronno, it is amaretto flavor alcohol. It compliments the recipe perfectly.

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This recipe was fun to make, and more fun to eat!  I have realized that CafeTerra has so much more to offer you now!  I am having fun sharing so many different grilling recipes, and will continue to share many more grilled recipes.  I will work on putting all the grilling recipes in one area for you to find the recipes easier!

Is there a grilling recipe you would like me to make, maybe something that you were nervous to make?  Just let me know in a comment below!

What is your favorite way to make upside-down cake?

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  • This cake looks so delicious, Terra! I love that you baked it on the grill and used all fresh fruit - pineapple upside-down cake will never be the same! :)
    •  LOL!!!  I have to agree, pineapple upside-down cake will never be the same to me:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • What a perfect cake my friend, I love your grilled and boozy twists! Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    •  It does make it that much better, LOL! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Yum, love grilled pineapple and now even more with the cherry pairing you've made! Looks amazing! 
    •  The cherries do make it pretty fantastic! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I usually do not care for pineapple upside down cake because of the canned pineapple. Nice to find a recipe that uses fresh pineapple. And one for the grill - it helps to keep the kitchen cool in the hot summer.
    •  I so agree, fresh is so much better!  I think the grilled pineapple help level the acidity.  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I love upside down cake and your boozy version sounds fantastic, Terra! :) 
    •  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • homecookingmemories
    You had me at boozy....
    •  LOL!  It did make it that much better:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Sooo I tried this a couple of weeks ago. Wish I could blame the abject failure on something as mundane as running out of gas but it seems I have plenty of propane but there must be a clot along the way because the flames were pathetic and a cake needs more than 200 degrees to bake. I brought it in and finished it but am determined to try again! Ahem...I did put rum in mine. Great minds and all! This looks DELISH; one of my very favorite cakes ever.
    •  We sure do have great minds!!!  Rum would be awesome in the cake too for sure:-)  Soooooo try it again, I loved it grilled:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    You were so right to use fresh fruit, it´s a totally different cake! Gorgeous! And baking with booze is just so great.
    •  It really did taste better with fresh ingredients:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Terra, haven't visited you in a while. But this gorgeous grilled cake just caught my eye. It looks like one that Jenni taught me, though I baked it. This is a killer. Must try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your vacation in MI ! Hugs & Happy Summer!
    •  I am so glad you stopped by, it has been awhile since we both visited each others sites:-)  Awww, thank you so much!  It was pretty fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Wow! I love this! We don't have a grill but I'd try this on the stovetop grill and oven. Using grilled fresh pineapple is genius - grilling makes them even fruitier and sweeter. And with cherries? Mmmmmmm wonderful! 
    •  Totally you could use a stovetop grill, I bet it would still be awesome!  The grilled pineapple did make it taste different, and so so sweet:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
    •  Totally you could use a stovetop grill, I bet it would still be awesome!  The grilled pineapple did make it taste different, and so so sweet:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • This looks amazing and beautiful! Your photos are so..... enticing! When I was in college and lived in a dorm with no kitchen, I used to make pineapple upside down cake in an electric frying pan - it worked!
    •  It was hard to not devour the cake while taking the pictures, LOL!  I love that you have made upside-down cake in a electric frying pan, how cool!!! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
    •  It was hard to not devour the cake while taking the pictures, LOL!  I love that you have made upside-down cake in a electric frying pan, how cool!!! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    I've never baked on the grill, although I know it's pretty easy - as your recipe shows!  Great looking dish.  It's been years since I've had a pineapple upside down cake.  By coincidence, I finished chunking up a pineapple a couple of hours ago (it'll be our breakfast for the next 2 or 3 days).  Now I need to get another one so I can make this cake!  Thanks.
    •  Grilling is really not hard, just time consuming sometimes!  This cake is for sure fun to make, and really delicious:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Wow, baking on the grill sounds so good, but I've never ever attempted ;)Looks perfect!!Would love a bite right now :)
    •  It is fun to make sweet treats on the grill, I can't wait to make more:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
    •  It is fun to make sweet treats on the grill, I can't wait to make more:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Kim Bee
    Good lord woman, this should be illegal in every state. Glad it's not cuz I'm totally trying this one. xx
    •  LOL!!!!  I am glad it is not either, I would be sad for sure:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Edward
    Got instructions for a real grill?