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Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

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(176 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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

  • kcalories407
  • fat23g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.87g
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Ingredients

For the topping

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

    Pineapple

    pine-ap-pel

    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • glacé cherry

For the cake

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

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg

    Egg

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Method

  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 (246)

brenda6612's picture
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I made this cake today for the first time with fresh pineapples and added some golden syrup - as suggested by previous bakers. The texture came out really nice and looked just like the picture,My daughter and I did find it a bit too sweet (and i have a very sweet tooth) so next time round i will not use the syrup and definitely less of the sugar in both of the mixes. Overall not bad at all!!!

rkirby's picture
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I've made this again and again, it's wonderful! I have also used fresh pineapple in it.

ducky40's picture
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Made this at the weekend, and it was amazing, very easy to do.

rachelh's picture
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Made this for the first time today, big success! Very simple recipe with impressive results. I used fresh pineapple and then milk in the batter instead of the pineapple syrup. And 8" sponge tin was just about the right depth, but I'm glad I put it on a baking tray as the toffee bit boiled over.

charliecoo's picture
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I've made it a few times and its always fantastic really cant go wrong with it!! I always use fresh pineapple and add a little bit of golden syrup to the mix and its really tasty! highly recommend it!!

charliecoo's picture
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I've made it a few times and its always fantastic really cant go wrong with it!! I always use fresh pineapple and add a little bit of golden syrup to the mix and its really tasty! highly recommend it!!

shagufta_sony's picture
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I am new to this site and always new to baking. Followed the recipe and made this cake, it came out beautifully. the whole family simply loved it.

shagufta_sony's picture
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Most delicious cake we ever had. This recipe is perfect. Thanks for this recipe.

tinydancer's picture
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I've only just made this, but I felt compelled to rate it because it is really THAT GOOD especially considering the minimal effort involved.
I made mine with a old tin of pineapple chunks that has been lurking at the back of the cupboard for years, in a pyrex casserole dish (to avoid the leakage issues in my springform) and it was a success! It turned out of the dish easily, didn't stick at all, it looked pretty and tasted moist and delish. I'll make this one again and again

cooking_whizz's picture
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This recipe is everything I want in a recipe: quick, easy, cheap and most importantly.... DELICIOUS!

mel1983's picture
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So simple and quick to make - was absolutely delicious and loved by everyone. I bought pineapple slices in fruit juice instead of syrup and it was still perfect - did wrap the bottom of the tin in foil though!

mel1983's picture
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So simple and quick to make - was absolutely delicious and loved by everyone. I bought pineapple slices in fruit juice instead of syrup and it was still perfect - did wrap the bottom of the tin in foil though!

mel1983's picture
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So simple and quick to make - was absolutely delicious and loved by everyone. I bought pineapple slices in fruit juice instead of syrup and it was still perfect - did wrap the bottom of the tin in foil though!

bmg104's picture
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Great recipe, I put foil under my spring form cake tin as suggested by others which was a great tip otherwise the toffee would have gone everywhere! I will be making this again and might try adding coconut to the cake mix next time!

dlafayette's picture
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An old favourite from my childhood and a fun looking cake that the kids like to help with. Yummy dessert with a scoop of ice cream, but a little sweet, so will use less sugar next time. Used a generous helping of mixed spice to give it a little kick. Definitely a treat cake. Give it a try!

laurasprinkles's picture
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Made this late last night and by this morning it had disappeared, I didn’t even have a chance to try it for myself! I will defiantly be making this again.

wadhaa's picture
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Easy cake

wadhaa's picture
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I made this cake today
It was so tasty but next time i will put half sugar amount
Because it was too sweet..
Everybody likes it :)

paul1965's picture
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I often make this for my nan, using polenta and corn flour instead of self-raising flour, because she can't eat gluten or wheat. She really enjoys it and the polenta gives it an extra texture. I found it very easy to make the first time and I now know it almost off by heart! I would encourage an early starter in baking to make this cake, as it is very easy to make but is also DELICIOUS!

floweryfay's picture

Pity I didn't read the comments before making as I used a loose bottom cake tin and I now have a sticky mess in my oven. Cake still baking so I hope to tastes good when its done!

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