Pineapple upside down cake

I’ve always looked admiringly at all lovely pineapple upside down cakes and heaved a deep sigh! Sadly, I have not tasted one! I could not find one in any bakery near my place. It is easy to imagine the taste though. Obviously, it is a sweet cake that has pineapple on it so I was deeply in love with it.

Pineapple cakeI was planning to make this fancy cake just to surprise every one. It materialized recently when we had a family get together. It was to celebrate a family occasion and so there was no one special to impress or judge if the whole thing took a wrong turn.

When we are carried away by a particular sweet craving there is no escape from it. I have many such food fantasies. That is exactly why I continue occupying this space in the cyber world that pushes me to travel the unfamiliar path.

Traditionally, it is made in a cast iron skillet and turns out extra moist and springy. It is a cake from the 50’s with pineapple and a buttery, sugary topping. Butter and sugar mix is poured into the bottom of the pan so that it makes a decorative topping when the cake is inverted.

This recipe is adapted from sallys baking addiction. I did not make many changes because it was my first time and the recipe looked perfect. I reduced sugar and milk and it did not affect the taste. This cake is mainly sweetened with brown sugar. I used dried cranberries as I did not have any maraschino cherries. It gave the contrasting colour effect and did not compromise on the taste. Cherries with a pop of colour would give this cake a better visual appeal.


For pineapple topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 rings of canned pineapple
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries

For the cake

  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  •  ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup  juice from the canned pineapple or pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

pineapple cake2 Cake preparation

  1. Take an oven safe 9 inch round ceramic deep dish or non stick cake pan.
  2. Make a loose cover for the dish using aluminum foil and keep it aside.
  3. To prepare the topping, melt butter in a microwave and add 1/4 cup brown sugar to it.
  4. Cover the bottom of the deep dish with the topping.
  5. Layer pineapples inside the dish and arrange cranberries in the blank spaces between pineapple slices.
  6. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. Melt 1/2 cup butter in another bowl and add 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  8. Whisk well and break lumps to get a grainy texture.
  9. Whisk in egg, milk, buttermilk, pineapple juice and vanilla extract into it.
  10. Slowly add dry flour mixture to it and gently fold in.
  11. Mix it into a thick batter without lumps.
  12. Pour batter into the prepared deep dish with pineapple slices.
  13. Bake at 350° F for 25 minutes.
  14. Open oven and cover the pie dish with aluminum foil cover.
  15. Continue baking for 20-25 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven when it is done. (A tooth pick inserted in the center should come out without any batter sticking to it.
  17. Allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  18. Run a knife or spatula around the inside of the pan to release the cake.,
  19. Gently invert cake on to a large plate. (I was a bit hasty and the pineapple pieces were disturbed.)

Note: A deep pan helps to contain the boiling sugar and stops it from overflowing. Aluminum foil cover helps the cake to retain its colour and saves the top from overly browning.

On baking, pineapple caramelizes in a bubbling butter and brown sugar syrup giving the cake a golden, glistening top. The pineapple slices get a rich browned butter flavour in this process.

Pineapple upside down cakeI did not try to cram a lot of pineapple slices as I have seen in other recipes because this was my first time and wanted it simple. I will definitely try this again and will add more slices then. This is a simple cake that can taste like you’ve spent hours preparing and baking.

Pineapple cake pieceSlice the cake and serve it hot or cold. Cover and store it in the refrigerator. It tastes better the next day after it has rested and absorbed all the juices.

pineapple cake biteI am sure that this cake will turn any party upside down. For now, this is my absolute favorite cake until I discover something new.

I am linking this delicious cake to party at Fiesta Friday #65.

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30 Responses to Pineapple upside down cake

  1. Jhuls says:

    Ha! I thought I am the only one who have not eaten this cake. But at least now you have. I must get going and make one, too. This looks absolutely yummy. I love pineapples. Happy FF! xx

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  2. Malar says:

    It looks so yummy!!

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  3. Love upside down.. Looks delish

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  4. Scrumptious cake…. 🙂

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  5. Loretta says:

    This is just perfect for your first try? Very well done. I too love upside down cakes, diving into all that fruit and yummy crumbs. Great job!

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  6. Arasi Arumugam says:

    wow.. looks so scrumptious 🙂

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  7. one of favorite cakes!! I make it quite often at home 🙂 yours looks delicious!

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  8. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious. I love your attention to detail (the quarter/half arcs of pineapple as well as the circular piece in the centre). 🙂


  9. coconutcraze says:

    🙂 Thank you, Aruna!


  10. This is one of my favorite cakes, and I never seem to make it! Your cake came out juste beautiful!

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  11. Lili says:

    This is a lovely cake and looks delicious sridevi! I like that instead of cherries you used cranberries, which I love for their tartness! Thank you for that idea, the cake and for sharing! 🙂

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  12. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Lily! Necessity is the mother of invention in this case! I could not taste those cranberries as they were drenched in sugar syrup.


  13. Annabel says:

    This cake looks absolutely delicious! I love pineapple!

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  14. elamb says:

    It’s great that you were inspired to try out a new recipe, and it looks like it turned out perfectly! I hope you and your family loved it. Thanks for sharing with FF#65!

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  15. coconutcraze says:

    Yes, we gobbled up everything…not even the crumbs were left! Thank you, elamb!


  16. I luv upside down cakes…. with pineapple, i can never say no! Looks delicious!

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  17. This looks delicious and it reminds me of the pineapple upside down cake my mom used to make.

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  18. Dont tell me its ur first trial..Your cake looks way too perfect! So expecting more delicacies to come!

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