Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

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(179 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
Retro rocks. This classic pineapple upside-down cake makes a fun centre piece for afternoon tea and brings back many childhood memories.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal407
  • fat23g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.87g
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For the topping

  • 50g softened butter
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • 7 pineapple rings in syrup, drained and syrup



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  • glacé cherry

For the cake

  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. For the topping, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Spread over the base and a quarter of the way up the sides of a 20-21cm round cake tin. Arrange pineapple rings on top, then place cherries in the centres of the rings.

  2. Place the cake ingredients in a bowl along with 2 tbsp of the pineapple syrup and, using an electric whisk, beat to a soft consistency. Spoon into the tin on top of the pineapple and smooth it out so it’s level. Bake for 35 mins. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a plate. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

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Comments (249)

aidanmac's picture

This recipe doesn't read right. The first step says to spread the batter over the base then place the pineapple and cherries on top? Step 2 then describes a more correct method of assembling an "upside-down" cake.


gardener2's picture

Well, do not ask how or why but I managed to forget all but the first three ingredients of the cake recipe. During the period of anticipation the comments by SO were fairly cutting. However have to say that despite the major boob the outcome was pretty good and that was without a smothering coat of custard!

skinguy73's picture

I've tried this recipe on several occasions, and altered it very slightly.
I put in 40g of desiccated coconut, and it was popular with guests.

winnann's picture

My family young and old love this, I've made it twice so far. Halved the mix in a pyrex dish for a weekend treat. Next for the whole family, I used a Bundt tin and it came out looking gorgeous. They all oohed and ahhed as it went on the table! Added half as much cake mix again as it didn't quite cover the fruit. Would do that again as I preferred the ratio of cake to fruit more. It has to be with custard for me.

traceysmenus's picture

As everyone else has already said this is very easy to make. I had help from 7 yr,5 yr & a 2 yr old to make this with no problems. Just put in the oven so eagerly waiting for it to come out. Have made before & always go's down well with a nice scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side!! would recommend you make this.

jacquisamob's picture

This cake is quite simply heaven on a plate. It's quite sweet, but wonderfully moist. I am a complete novice at baking but this turned out perfectly, even though I had to use muscovado sugar in the frosting and had no cherries.
I shall definitely be making a couple to go on the buffet at my sons upcoming 1st Holy Communion and know it will be well-received...

zoefisher92's picture

I forgot to add the syrup to the cake mix but it is absolutely delicious. I think this will become a regular for me. I also used sultanas instead of cherries which go nicely with the pineapple too.

mango83's picture

Lovely cake, best cake I've ever made - family loved it.

Whilst in oven it's juices leaked, next time put a tray there to catch it.
Also my cake depth was that high, if I want the cake part to be more thick - what ingredient would u recommend?

rinni25's picture

Lovely and easy. I used golden syrup and tasted just as yummy.
A firm favourite that the kids help to make.

origami09's picture

This cake is for real sugar-lovers. Too sweet for me, but my husband will be thrilled.

xx_becka_xx's picture

Mine leaked all over the toffee all over the bottom of the oven so would definitely put it on a baking try next time.

The cake is also quite shallow in height. Not sure if I did something wrong or if its only suppose to be about 2.5 cm high.

Tasted delicious and looked exactly like the one in the picture. Very pretty.

secrettrekkie's picture

already left commet had to rate

secrettrekkie's picture

very nice came out lovely will do this one again

belle54's picture

As a novice baker I found the recipe easy and my partner thoroughly enjoyed it.

anook_puke's picture

The flavour was absolutely amazing, but when I turned it out into a plate it all turned to mush! Would be unfair to rate it down as I blame the rubbish electric oven I was forced to work with. Even still with a glass of milk and keeping one's eyes closed so as not to see the horrible presentation, the gorgeous flavours were undeniable

ella-ella-10's picture

I made this pineapple upside down cake for Sunday lunch and everyone loved it. I would highly recomend it as it is easy to make and it is very yummy. I made it with pineapple pieces instead of rings
and it looked and tasted just as delicous

slerte's picture

I followed this recipe but when I turned the cake out the cake mix was still liquid inside. Disaster.

lisadoll80's picture

I had not had this since I was a child and when I saw the recipe here I had to make it. I made it yesterday and its all gone. I had a piece last night while it was still warm with some ice cream as recommended.

juicylucy666's picture

Made this with my 7yr old daughter. She said it was better than the chocolate brownie cake we made from this website last week!
I had bought pineapple in juice , so used golden syrup to replace the syrup from the tin, and halved the sugar in the sponge after reading the previous reviews. Lovely flavour sponge!

rattyboombatty's picture

ooops forgot the stars :-)


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