Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

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(190 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 pineapples 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 eggs



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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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    11th Feb, 2013
    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
    27th Jan, 2013
    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
    27th Jan, 2013
    I followed this recipe but when I turned the cake out the cake mix was still liquid inside. Disaster.
    21st Jan, 2013
    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.
    13th Jan, 2013
    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!
    10th Jan, 2013
    ooops forgot the stars :-)
    10th Jan, 2013
    Totally yummy. I'm rubbish at baking but this was quick, easy and tasted fab.
    30th Dec, 2012
    Utterly Gorgeous and so so easy
    30th Dec, 2012
    I have made this cake so many times since I found this recipe a few months ago, this cake is so beautifuly delicious and very simple to make. In my last cake due to the festive season I've reduce the pineapple juice from the tin into a syrup and add a staranise and a bit of rum and then added to the mix, the result was superb!! you could taste the pineapple and at the same time that little kick of the rum. Worth to try!!
    26th Dec, 2012
    Im addicted to it, I cant stop making it, especially with a bit of christmas cheer added to the mix!!!! think rum.........


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