Pineapple {upside down cake} Fudge

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 17, 2012

This idea for fudge has been with me for many months. I adore pineapple upside down cake. But how to get fudge to “be” pineapple upside down cake is what my mind has been wrestling with for all these months.

Today, though, I wrestle no longer. This fudge is simply phenomenal. You must try it to believe me! Or, just trust that I wouldn’t stake my bloggie reputation on bad fudge.

Here’s the sad part of my fudge story. I waited two hours for the fudge to set, I cut into it (ate a slice or two, or five), took a beautiful picture, and as I was thinking about eating another piece (and carrying the fudge from “picture station” to counter top)..CRASH. The whole dang thing flopped on the floor. Now normally, if I wasn’t serving this to guests, I would have quickly installed the 3 second rule and salvage what I could. 

However, I was too busy crying and yelling at the dog (who was underfoot) to salvage any of this. Tragic.  Okay, I guess I just need to make this again. On the bright side, I ended up not eating an entire pan of fudge!

If you plan to make this in the near future, read this now…”Drain your fruit.” I put my pineapples and cherries in a mesh strainer and let them hang out for a couple hours. I then stuck the pineapple in a piece of cheesecloth and squeezed the life out of it! VERY IMPORTANT!


Also, go the extra step by making your own graham cracker crumbs. I think the ones in the canister have a bad aftertaste! Just smash up your own or whiz em up in the food processor.

This fudge is best served cold, so keep it stored in the fridge until ready to serve! Enjoy!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Fudge

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients (serves 36)

    For the Crust:

    • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (see note below)
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup sugar

    For the Fudge:

    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • pinch salt
    • 7oz marshmallow cream (Fluff)
    • 11 oz white chocolate, melted
    • 20oz can crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
    • 8oz jar maraschino cherry halves, drained thoroughly
    Instructions
    Line a 9inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
    In a small bowl, melt 1/4 cup butter in microwave. Using a fork, mix in sugar and graham cracker crumbs. This is best if you use FRESH graham crackers that have been pulsed in a food processor. The “prepackaged” canister of graham cracker crumbs has a bad aftertaste.
    Press crumb mixture into bottom of prepared baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
    Over medium high heat, mix together the butter, sugar, heavy cream and salt. Bring to a boil, and boil at a steady heat for 5 full minutes, stirring occasionally.
    In a large mixing bowl, add the marshmallow cream and melted white chocolate (melt according to package directions). Pour hot fudge mixture over the fluff and chocolate. Beat for about 1 minute on medium speed (I use the whisk attachment on my kitchenaid). Fold in the VERY WELL DRAINED fruit. Pour over cooled crust.
    Put fudge in refrigerator for 2 hours to harden. When firm, invert onto a cutting board. Slice and serve COLD (crust side up). Enjoy!
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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What a great recipe! Very creative to turn the cake into fudge. :)

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    SerenaB May 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love pineapple upside down cake and to turn it into fudge would be divine! Simply heaven! Have a great weekend sweetie!

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    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes May 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Oh my word!

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    Hayley May 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    What. The. Fudge. This looks awesome! I would have never fathomed such a combination but I am so intrigued that I just may try it… and possibly throw it on the floor to prevent me from eating the whole pan… though like you, that’d probably backfire and I’d make another batch :)

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    Back for Seconds May 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I love seeing original ideas like this. What a fun recipe. very creative! I think I would have cried too if I dropped this yummy fudge. At least you got to taste it and take a pretty picture first :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Oh my! This looks so fabulous!

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    Julie @ Table for Two May 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

    what a fun little dessert! so creative and different! love me some pineapple upside down cake..paired with fudge sounds even better!

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    Jocelyn May 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I remember this sad sad day on instagram:-( I love how different and yummy this fudge looks!!! Girl, you got made fudge making skills too!!!

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    Kristin May 18, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Gorgeous (and I’m sure delicious!) fudge!
    I don’t think I’m lucky enough to drop the entire pan of fudge. Therefore, I WOULD end up eating the whole thing. Happens every time.

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    Shiloh May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Ooh, my goodness! What a wonderful combination of deliciousness! I’m so sorry that you lost a whole pan of it.:(

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    Dany@ Tiny Tots and Polka Dots May 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE pineapple upside down cake, this is genius and a must try! thanks! New follower from tinytots-and-polkadots.blogspot.com ! =)

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    Carrie Burrill May 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    You have some of the most creative fudge recipes. LOVE this one!

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    Melissa May 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    This sounds so good! =)
    thanks!

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    Six Sisters May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    We love pineapple upside down cake, so we know the fudge will be a big hit at our house. We are so glad you came to another week of our fun “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please join us again! -The Sisters

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    Me And My Sweets May 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!

    The last day to link up for May is the 31st of May.

    http://meandmysweets.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/my-sweet-party-chocolate-cake-love.html

    XXX
    Johanna

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction July 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Hi Aimee! Pineapple upside down cake is my absolute favorite dessert! This fudge is SO creative, I would have never thought to turn my favorite dessert into FUDGE! I love it. PS: anything with Fluff is heaven-sent :)

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    Monica Morelli July 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    What a creative idea! So sad that you lost the pan of fudge, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes (at least it was after sampling and photographing!).

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