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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 slices 1x


Pineapple Upside Down cake – It is truly delicious, easy to make and the caramelized pineapple is bursting with flavors with pillowy, sponge pineapple cake, once you make it, you will crave for more!



For Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 to 5 slices of pineapple
  • 8 cherries

To make Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat your oven 350 degrees F( 177 degrees C) for 10 minutes prior to baking.

For Toppings:

  1. Grease butter to the bottom of your baking pan, pour in the melted butter.
  2. Sprinkle Brown sugar all over the melted butter.
  3. Arrange the sliced pineapple and cherries and keep refrigerated until you make the batter.

To make Cake Batter:

  1. To a mixing bowl, add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix everything and set aside.
  2. Cream butter for 1 minute to get a creamy texture.
  3. Add sugar and beat for another 1 minute
  4. Now add 1 egg white, beat for another 1 minute.
  5. Add buttermilk and vanilla essence beat again for 1 minute.
  6. Add flour mixture, fold to mix in
  7. Add milk and fold to get a batter.
  8. Now remove the toppings from the refrigerator, pour in the batter
  9. Pop into the oven and bake in the preheated oven for  35 minutes to 40 minutes. ( Cover with the foil halfway through)
  10. Once the cake is baked, keep aside for 20 minutes, allow the cake to cool, and bring to room temperature.
  11. Before you serve, slide the sides of the cake using a butter knife and invert the cake on the plate.
  12. The cakewalk slides off easily.


Tips to make the best Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

1. Whether you use cake flour or all-purpose flour, make sure that you sift it before adding it into the cake mixture. This ensures that there are no lumps and the batter is easier to mix. 

2. Flip the cake into the serving tray about 5 minutes after you remove it from the oven. Allowing it to stay in the baking dish for long causes the pineapple to stick to the base and sides of the baking dish. 

3. Unlike normal cake batter, the batter for the pineapple upside-down cake is quite thick. Scoop it into the baking dish and do not pour it as it will displace the pineapple slices and cherries on the bottom. 

4. Once you arrange the pineapple slices with the butter-brown sugar mixture at the bottom of the baking dish, allow it to cool and settle for a few minutes before adding the batter. This will ensure that the slices are set and won’t squirm around when you add the cake batter on it. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: upside down cake, pineapple upside down cake, pineapple cake