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Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Open Fire Cooking While Camping

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A couple weeks ago, we went camping with our family and had a great time! As I mentioned in my post on cooking chicken in a cast iron dutch oven, we love cooking on an open fire! Normally we take both of our dutch ovens. We have a small 6 quart one and an 8 quart one. The larger one we cook our chicken in and the smaller one we do desserts. For some reason, we did not pack the smaller one and I forgot to include in our groceries the item I would need for a pineapple upside down cake (one of our normal dutch oven desserts). No big deal since this was going to be a short 3-day trip.

Let me tell you how our impromptu decision to make pineapple upside down cake turned out to be the best pineapple upside down cake we have ever made!

On the day we planned our chicken, we ventured out into the town of Chelsea, Michigan. It wasn’t that far from where we were camping. We discovered that this was the home of the Jiffy plant! Jiffy makes dry mixes. Their famous one is their corn bread mix.

I called and was able to get our family a tour of the plant. Sharon was our guide and she did a wonderful job keeping our group entertained as well as answering all the pop up questions!

The tour consisted o a 20-minute video about the history of this family owned business. The business has been passed on from generation to generation in the Howard S. Holmes family.

The video also showed how the family purchases their wheat for the flour from local farmers, then they check the quality of the grain. In the plant they shake it to get the seed clean from the chaff and then they grind it, over and over again, until it is a soft flour consistency. It then goes into another room where they add the other ingredients.

Our physical tour was a walk through the packaging plant. No pictures were allowed to be taken inside the plant. This was a very interesting since I had never been inside a plant like this before. On our way out we were given goodie bags that had a box of Jiffy banana muffin mix and a recipe book.

What I learned from this tour was that they make a white cake mix. I knew about several of their other mixes, but I did not know about this one. It gave me a great idea! Make pineapple upside down cake! So, I purchased some of their white cake mix while we were still at the plant.

We then found a local store there in Chelsea and purchased the other ingredients: pineapple, cherries, brown sugar and eggs. We had to use our large cast iron pot, but to our surprise, this was the best dessert. We have made other pineapple upside down cakes, but I think the white Jiffy cake mix and the dark brown sugar (normally I would use light brown sugar) made it the best! I did not have anything but aluminum foil to turn the cake out on, so my pictures are not that pretty.  Also, it looks dark because of the dark brown sugar, it did not burn.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake


A large 8 quart cast iron dutch oven

2 (9 ounce) boxes Jiffy White Cake Mix

2 egg whites

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple – drained

1 small jar marshino cherries


  1. To the bottom of a cast iron Dutch oven, pour your cooking oil and then add brown sugar. Mix it up well and spread it evenly on the bottom.
  2. Next, put pineapple rings evenly spaced on top of the brown sugar.
  3. Put cherries inside each pineapple ring. You can add more cherries around it if you like.
  4. Mix together the white Jiffy cake mix, egg whites and water.
  5. Pour cake mix evenly on top of pineapple and cherries.
  6. Put lid on top of Dutch oven and place in hot coals for 30 minutes.
  7. After the 30 minutes, add coals to the top of the lid and let sit for another 15 minutes.
  8. Check to see if the cake is done. Keep adding 10 minutes till the cake is done when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Carefully dump cake out onto a platter or aluminum foil or large platter.

Combine oil and brown sugar.

Evenly spread brown sugar and oil mixture in the bottom of the pot.

Add pineapple and cherries.

Pour cake mix on top.

Bake over hot coals. Putting coals on top of lid until cake is done.


If you are ever in the area of Chelsea, Michigan, call the Jiffy plant and schedule a tour. It is only about an hour to an hour and a half long, but there is a lot there to learn!

In the meantime, you can pick up some Jiffy mix from Amazon as well as a dutch oven.

Have you ever been to the Jiffy plant? Do you plan to go? Let me know in the comments below. I would also like to know if you made the pineapple upside down cake and how did it turn out?

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