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Pineapple upside down cake

“Today I am doing nothing! Because I started doing it yesterday and haven’t finished yet.”- Garfield.

Its been a busy month and when I had the chance to be home alone for a few days , I made absolutely no plans . I wanted to do nothing. So I slept in ,lazed around, foraged together the necessary meals from leftovers (and stuff the husband doesn’t eat) , binge watched the season finale of one of my favourite shows ( Thank God Connor did not kill Wes !) , read a book that was lying on my bedside table since two months atleast , reconnected with long lost friends over the phone . Then I baked , and baked , and baked ! 

One of the things that came out of my oven was this super cheerful pineapple upside down cake. This is not my first upside down cake , but its been a long long time since I have made one. 

A pineapple upside down cake , in my honest opinion , is a “fork and plate” kind of cake , a dessert cake if you will. although it wouldn’t be amiss at tea time either. What I mean to say is that – its moist , its crumbly and is not really the sort of cake you can pick up and walk around while chomping on. Unless you overbake it. 

Please don’t overbake it. But even if you do , its still yumminess !

It  is simple enough to make this cake . I barely adapted a recipe by Eva Longoria (who is a cookbook author as well!) . The bottom of the pan is covered with butter and sprinkled with sugar . Slices of pineapple are laid down (as prettily as you can manage) with cherries interpersed. A simple all-in-one batter is poured on top. As the cake bakes , the butter rises up the side , the pineapple gets cooked , the sprinkled sugar caramelises slightly . Once the cake is ready, you invert it onto your serving plate for that bright and picturesque finish !

You could use fresh or canned pineapple , the cherries are optional – more for the pop of colour than taste really. More caramelisation goes really well with upside down cakes – I usually opt out of it , because I much prefer the vibrant hues of the fruit . Plus , I usually have dark brown sugar at hand which makes the top too brown detracting completely from the look of the cake. But if you like caramelisation , just use light brown sugar instead of the granulated in the bottom of the pan. 

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Pineapple upside down cake Yum
Buttery , delicate sponge cake cheerfully topped with lightly caramelised pineapple !
For the bottom
For the cake
For the bottom
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350 F.
  2. Melt the butter and pour it into a 7 inch round pan . Turn the pan so that the butter slightly coats the sides as well. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the butter on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Neatly lay the slices of pineapple in a pattern that you want, with the neater side facing down. Place cherries , if using , in the gaps in between.
  4. In a large bowl , using an electric mixer or whisk , beat together all ingredients until light and fluffy. Pour batter over the pineapples . Smooth the top .
  5. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean . Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the serving plate over pan and carefully invert the pan. let rest for 5 minutes. Carefully remove pan , and place any dislodged or stuck fruit back on cake. Serve !
Recipe Notes

I make this cake in a 7 or 8 inch round pan as I like the height it gives. Bake in a 9 inch pan (like the original ) for 40 - 50 minutes if you want a thinner cake. A thinner cake will be more moist as the fruit to cake ratio will be more. 

You can use fresh or canned pineapple , but remove excess syrup or water if using canned. The slices should be about 1/4 inch thick. 

I used glace cherries here. 

Use light brown sugar for more caramelisation. 

This cake is best eaten within 2 days . 

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The USP of this cake is obviously how beautiful it looks . But of course it tastes just as good. It is not too sweet and quite buttery . The pineapple gets stewed so you get soft chunks go well with the sponge of the cake. It tastes the best when it is eaten still warm from the oven , but the flavours get stronger the next day as well!


Affiliate links : Just so you know, I have baked this pineapple upside down cake in my trusty Morphy Richards 52 Litre Oven .

Happy baking !

8 thoughts on “Pineapple upside down cake”

  1. I just love the colours in the photos! The colour combination itself makes the cake look so appetising! I’m sure it tastes just as great!

  2. Hi your cake looks yummy n I want to try my luck at it.
    Wanted to know if u HV used both the rods or jus top or jus Bottom rod to bake this cake?
    Won’t the pineapples burn in bottom rod mode?

    1. Hi Reethika… I usually bake with only bottom rod ( with the cake in middle rack) , if you are used to using both rods, go ahead. The pineapples don’t burn, they just cook . The sugar at the bottom of the pan (below pineapples) gets heated up first , and starts caramelising . Meanwhile the pineapple gets caramelised and stewed as the cake batter bakes up. Do give the cake a try and let me know !

    1. Hi Pooja, i haven’t tried this cake eggless. But you can use any eggless vanilla cake recipe that you make. use that batter instead of the one described in this recipe!

  3. Hi,

    I tried this recipe and it was so tasty, it got over in 2 sittings. The only thing was the pineapple stuck to the pan and as you recommended I scraped it off the pan and placed it on the cake but it didn’t look nice at all, However the taste compensated for the looks.

  4. Hi,

    I love this recipe of yours. I’ve always got the perfect and delicious cake.

    I have a query, can I half the recipe?


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