They say that inspiration can come from anywhere, and this French Martini Upside-Down Cake recipe is a great example of that.
A few days ago on Twitter, Jann Arden made a fairly innocuous - and accurate - statement. A few people jumped on her, she retweeted my snarky response about the whole thing (!!!), and I made a handful of new friends.
One of those new friends, Christin Jerome tweeted something a little bizarre, which ended up being a case of autocorrect taking over. I joked with her that I'd seen she was from Montreal, and had written it off as being a result of that. One of the comediennes in either This Hour Has 22 minutes or Royal Canadian Air Farce - I'm assuming it was Mary Walsh - once quipped about Francophone culture being completely incomprehensible to the rest of Canada, and.. she wasn't far off! We laughed, and ended up discussing bizarre Francophone children's programming... and talking pineapples.
Have you heard of “TeleFrancais”? It’s, um… wildly fascinating, if you’re in the right mindset:
– Talking pineapples.
– Dancing skeletons.
– A stoned (?) pilot.
We agreed that it would probably be hilarious to watch after a few drinks... and the idea to make a cake based on this conversation was born.
I call it "Going Ananas*" in honor of the trippy talking pineapple. but this is more formally a French Martini Upside Down Cake. When I think "French" and "Pineapple" together, I immediately think "French Martini" - one of my favorite cocktails ever. I am a HUGE fan of Chambord (Black Raspberry) liqueur, afterall!
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