Every time Downton breaks out into a party, there are lots of cakes. Generally plainly decorated, they fill the kitchen and then the cake stands at the village fair, the church fund-raiser, and the memorable garden party at the close of season 1, which ends with the announcement that Britain is at war. This recipe’s use of glacéed pineapple reflects the growing availability of previously exotic products in the twentieth century: pineapple still carried a certain cachet from the time when it was unaffordable for all but the rich. Pineapple recipes proliferated in cookery books in the early to mid-twentieth century after Jim Dole founded the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901. In the nineteenth century, Downton would likely have grown its own fresh pineapples in pits or heated greenhouses, but in the more financially straitened times in which the series is set, such expensive practices would all have been history.