Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fabulous & Frugal Fun: Secrets Revealed

Sonya at Dime Store Thrift is a sly gal. After weeks of chatting in the blogosphere about her own passion for thrift shopping and my giving her some tips for her vacation to the Kansas City area, she finally talked me into giving her an interview, and it was a doozey! I can't believe all the of the details that she dragged out of me! Read it here.

So charming is Sonya, combined with my own gift of gab, that she, for the first time ever, finagled out of me the top-secret recipe for my famous pineapple upside-down cake. It's similar to the one featured in the Los Angeles Times, the one I made for Sharleen Reeder at Luticia Clementine's in Independence, Mo., the one for Yasmine McGrane of Maison RĂªve in Mill Valley, Calif., the one for a Bastille Day party that The Vintage Laundress threw in Austin, and the one for the New York VIP dinner celebrating the launch of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details in May. Until this morning, I've never completely revealed how I make my cake.

But it looks like the cat is out of the bag!

I can no longer demure a request for my pineapple upside-down cake recipe. Thanks to Sonya, you can attempt your own version of my cake with the recipe here. But what I can tell you is that if I make a cake for you, you'll never know which version I used -- the boxed or the scratched. Like I told Sonya last night, many fancy folks have feasted on Betty Crocker and left not a crumb!

For your own copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details head on over to Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Bwahahahaha...I did good by sneaking that little question in at the end when you were least expecting it. The recipe is mine, MINE:)

  2. Boxed or scratched, its the best pineapple upside-down cake I've ever eaten! Perhaps an Elegant Thrifter cookbook is next on your to do list?!


  3. Hi Stan!

    Thank you so very much for popping by! It's so nice to meet you~ a man after my own heart... I just LOVE thrifting... You never know what kind of treasures you'll run across!

    I'll be back to visit you and your fabulous blog often!

    Happy day!
    Christina :)

  4. Hi Stan,
    Thank you for stopping by Merci-notes and your kind comment.

    Congratulations on your book. How exciting to be published.

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake was 99% of the time what I chose for my birthday cake. My Mom let us choose what she would make for dinner and what type of cake on our Birthdays. I finally bought an iron pan specifically for the cake!

    With Kindness,



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