Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ready in 45 minutes

This is my Mother's scrumptious Old-fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Her simple and delicious recipe uses pineapple juice in the batter for great pineapple flavor. The cake is wonderfully dense, yet still moist, and has a crisp edge because it's made in an old-fashioned cast iron skillet. The heavy pan also keeps the butter from burning, and the handle makes it easy to flip the cake upside down when it is done. This classic childhood favorite is made even better when served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

"Amazing recipe. I made this in a cheese cake tin as I didn't have a skillet, just greased the tin with the butter like usual then dusted it with sugar and added some golden syrup after the pineapples. I also used some wholemeal flour as I ran out of plain, which was also very nice. Half of it has gone and it's only been a few mins since it came out the oven. Amazing with ice-cream."

- deanrp

Top-ranked recipe named "Pineapple Upside-Down Cake"

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-- Topping --
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Brown sugar; firmly packed
1 20-oz can Sliced unsweetened pineapple rings,; drained and dried, reserving juice
-- Batter --
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 stick Unsalted butter; (4 oz) softened
1 cup Granulated sugar
3 large Eggs; at room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/4 cup Reserved pineapple juice
1/2 cup Milk; at room temperature

Original recipe makes 1 Serving

(10-inch) Cake  


Place oven rack in middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the topping, melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet placed in hot oven. When melted, remove skillet from oven, swirl to coat evenly with butter, then spread brown sugar evenly over the butter. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Pat pineapple slices very dry between several thicknesses of paper towel. Cut pineapple slices in half, reserving one whole slice. Place whole pineapple slice in center of skillet, then arrrange half-slices in spoke fashion around whole slice in center.

To make batter, in a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately in batches with the milk and pineapple juice, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and beating well after each addition.

Spoon, or carefully pour batter over brown-sugar-pineapple topping in bottom of skillet, and spread evenly. Bake until top is golden and toothpick inserted into cake center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cake cool in skillet on a rack for 5 minutes, run a thin knife around edge of cake to loosen from skillet. Place serving platter over skillet, carefully invert cake onto platter. Let stand for 1 minute before carefully lifting skillet off. Replace any pineapple stuck to bottom of skillet, scrape any remaining glaze from skillet onto cake. Cool on platter on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cake may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes one 10-inch cake, for 8 to 10 servings.


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I added maraschino cherries for tradition sake. Great Recipe! photo by martinerskine martinerskine

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Sweetlynnz 2 months ago
CrystalMaggard 2 months ago
That was the best pineapple upside-down cake I have ever had! I made double the butter and brown sugar mixture and poured the half of it over top after baking! Yum!
Nikki7981 2 months ago
Great cake! My family (which includes 6 guys) loves pineapple and loveedd this cake!! The best part is that the older and the young ones liked it!
Zeynab 4 months ago
I made mine today based on your recipe, but in fact my plan was to make a super simple version which I realised is similar to the peach cobbler I made last week. Yours is a last minute one I found. However, I did not follow exactly your method. Instead I just throw in whatever I have and baked it. Tastes delicious though! Next one will be a proper one ??
DeeSharif 5 months ago
Awesome cake. 5892 calories seem a bit much per serving. ;)
MollynFluffy 9 months ago
Made this for dessert and also yummy makin it for the next family get together for sure
MommyKim08 10 months ago
Tammy52 11 month ago
Awesome. It lasted one day in my house and its easy to make
vanessaalmeida-cruz 11 month ago
Awesome! Everyone loves the presentation and the cake, of course!
furminator 1 year ago
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