Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

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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 (253)

    lucyluu's picture

    Will this recipe be OK to make then refrigate to eat the next day?

    cookie-queen's picture

    I left out the cherries and used pinepple in juice rather than syrup so it wasn't quite so sweet. My sister was delighted to get this as her birthday cake and the pineapple rings were perfect for sticking candles into:)
    A delicious treat with whipped cream

    warriors's picture

    I made this cake and it was delicious, its brilliant with custard it tasted just like my mum used to make.

    abbysmum's picture

    What a fab cake. This has become my families favourite! Very easy to make, and works every time. My daughter loves to help, and comes to the "unvailing" when it is turned out. Lovely. Toffee topping is lush too. Don't forget the custard!

    dianethestar's picture

    I love this recipe! It can be easily adapted for other types of fruit - tinned pears and peaches are a great alternative to the pineapple. Makes a great dessert served with cream.

    yummybun's picture

    was yummy very yummy but my first one d a huge crater in the middle i must have done something wrong but im just doing one at the mooo

    peterpan1's picture

    couldn't find my usual recipe so tried this one. it is far to sweet and not as good what i usually do their is not enough sponge mixture and far to much toping. nothing like the picture by the way as like i said not enough mixture to do one that size. it wasn't ineddible but will go back to my other recipe when i find it! maybe try adding extra ingredients eg 200g

    jacobbradbury's picture

    Awesome tasting and looking, and really easy to make!

    xcherrybakewellx's picture

    Delicious! I used fresh pineapple as i dont like tinned fruit and it was scrumpcious!

    gracex's picture


    Cake was amazing,

    my advice is to make sure to drain pineapple rings real good!
    or else you will end up with mushy wet-like cake top!

    demel2009's picture

    Amazing recipe for a great tasting cake, it was gone in 10 minutes after I took it into work!

    stephjb's picture

    Well, I followed the recipe exactly and just ended up with a mess. The cake was risen and cooked on the outside but still raw and liquid in the centre, so a total waste of ingredients and I won't bother with this again.

    jonickolsen's picture

    Everyone loved this recipe - especially when my 6 yr old put cherries in the edge spaces as well as in the pineapple rings!

    dawndavid's picture


    I want to make this cake for the weekend and wondered if anybody has made it and frozen it? Thanks

    titchywitch's picture

    Brill recipe, comes out great every time.

    emmahughes08's picture

    This was a fantastic pud! Everyone wanted second helpings!

    damson's picture

    Really easy to make and quite delicious. I left out the tablespoons of pineapple syrup from the sponge mixture as I was worried about it being too sweet.

    The butter & sugar mixture in the bottom of the tin gives the pineapple a lovely flavour.

    kirstsnip's picture

    I have made this many, many times and it comes out perfect everytime!!! Everyone i know loves this cake except the one person i know who wont eat pineapple!

    katie29's picture

    really tasty...just made it and had a piece!

    yellowyodie's picture

    I made this for my parents last September and they nearly died of contentment!!!! Well worth making and so absolutely gorgeous. Completely trustworthy recipe so much so I'm making it and taking to a friends house tonight!


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