Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

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(189 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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    26th Aug, 2012
    Great recipe! My first upside-down cake and it went down a storm at work and didn't last 5 mins. Moist but light texture, a definite winner. I rushed it a bit when I took it out the oven and as a result it crumbled a little bit when I turned it and when I put it on the cooling rack the middle sunk a bit.. But that's my fault for not being patient. It did not effect the overall result though!
    23rd Aug, 2012
    Very easy to make, kids loved it, deffo make again
    21st Aug, 2012
    works great :) cant beat a classic. like being a kid again
    20th Aug, 2012
    es deliciosa esta tota!!!recuerda mi niñez
    5th Aug, 2012
    I've always wanted to try this, so gave this a go a year ago and can truly say its the best cake I've ever had! Sprinkling brown sugar on the bottom is key to making a crisp caramel coating on the pineapple . This cake is so delicious and retro - will be making it over and over !!
    14th Jul, 2012
    Ive used multi color glaced cherries to add more color to the cake. Instead of following the original recipe, I put 60g of rax caster sugar for the cake mix and 35g of brown sugar for the tin spread. And I used pineapple in juice instead of in syrup. I put 4 tablespoons of the pineapple juice into the cake mixture. It adds a nice pineapple smell. When I layer the pineapples I put a pineapple at the centre first then I overlapped each pineapple a bit like fan because my tin (23cm) wouldn't fit. For my home oven, it took longer to bake, approx 175C fan for 43 mins. The cake is done! The bottom of the cake and the side is golden brown and the top park is very juicy. The whole kitchen smells like pineapple. I would like the pineapple to be slightly burnt/crispy but Im not sure if i would over cook the cake if i put it back into the oven upside down...might dry up a bit too if i put it back.. Smells so good! Going to spare it with my family and perhaps my neighbours too!
    13th Jul, 2012
    Exactly don't use loose bottom tin for this
    3rd Jul, 2012
    This is the easiest cake I have ever made. I have made it thrice till now and it has been amazingly yummy everytime !!! Fantastic recipe :)
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    2nd Jul, 2012
    This really is easy to do and yummy. I find it hardly seems to raise though and think I will increase the ingredients next time...
    22nd Jun, 2012
    I have just made this recipe and it smelt and looked amazing. I tasted lovely and was great with ice cream as recommended. I would recommend this for any occasion.


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