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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    20th Jan, 2012
    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!
    14th Jan, 2012
    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!
    10th Jan, 2012
    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.
    28th Dec, 2011
    Easy cake
    28th Dec, 2011
    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 :)
    20th Dec, 2011
    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!
    26th Nov, 2011
    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!
    21st Nov, 2011
    This was a disaster for me and I've no idea why! I followed the recipe and thought the cake mix was a bit runny so added a little more flour. It just wouldn't firm up and was in the oven for about an hour.
    18th Nov, 2011
    Love this easy recipe, I made it for one of my blog posts. It is best eaten straight away as it gets a bit dry if left but this is in no way a problem :)
    18th Nov, 2011
    Made this 3 times and definitely a hit with the family, even my husband can't get enough and he's not a pudding man at all :)


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