Pineapple upside-down cake with slice taken out

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 centrepiece 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 reserved



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    • 7 glacé cherries

    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.

    2. For the topping, beat 50g softened butter and 50g light soft brown sugar together until creamy. Spread over the base and a quarter of the way up the sides of a 20cm round cake tin. Arrange 7 pineapple rings on top (reserving the syrup for later), then place 7 glacé cherries in the centres of the rings.

    3. Place 100g softened butter, 100g golden caster sugar, 100g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 eggs in a bowl along with 2 tbsp of the reserved pineapple syrup. Using an electric whisk, beat to a soft consistency.

    4. 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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    7th Apr, 2020
    Super moist and delicious. Subbed brown sugar for demerera and pineapple for tinned peaches in corona quarantine and it was heavenly.
    tillyfloss80's picture
    28th Mar, 2020
    Yummy, I could have eaten it all myself!
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    Sanne Andersen
    5th Nov, 2019
    Lovely cake
    13th Oct, 2019
    Lovely, simple recipe. Extremely. Moist, no need whatsoever to reduce sugar, having said I am sure the health freaks on here do. The cake has to be appreciated as a treat, after all, all cakes are. Do not understand at why the recipe should be changed.
    5th Oct, 2019
    This was excellent and so easy. The butter and light brown sugar turns into a lovely caramel sauce. I could only find pineapple in juice but it still tasted great.
    vintagemunchkin's picture
    21st Sep, 2019
    Loved this, very quick and easy, but a tasty treat.
    21st Aug, 2019
    excellent recipe!
    1st Nov, 2018
    Lovely cake but much nicer with fresh pineapple and fresh juice instead of syrup!
    13th Oct, 2019
    Not at all, very different in fact.
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    Jackie Underwood
    13th Aug, 2018
    50gs of butter and soft brown sugar didn’t even begin to cover the bottom of my 20cm tin, let alone go up the sides!


    28th Dec, 2019
    Easy recipe but.... almost impossible to get pineapples in syrup these days and spring form tins are useless..... any tips?
    30th Dec, 2019
    Hello, Thank you for your comment. In more recent recipes we have used fresh pineapple or pineapple in juice, if you use pineapple juice you can reduce it down to a syrup and then use 2 tbsp. We often use spring form tins as they are easier to release cakes from, you could use another tin if you wanted, this recipe calls for a 20cm round tin. I hope this helps.
    13th Feb, 2015
    im new here! need help,did it today very simple n easy.but the cake tasted dry even though i followed all details.can someone tell me why!?o by the way i used fresh pineapple.
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    17th Feb, 2015
    Hi mezz, thanks for getting in touch and we're sorry to hear that you did not have success with this recipe. For this recipe we suggest using canned pineapple in syrup because 2 tbsp of the syrup from the can goes into the cake to help keep it moist. If you are tempted to try it again please do so with canned pineapple or cooked fresh pineapple and include the 2 tbsp of syrup or maple syrup. Hope this helps, let us know how you get on. 
    15th Oct, 2014
    Looks really nice, but what if you don't lik pineapples? Could you also use peaches?
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    7th Nov, 2014
    Hi there thanks for your question, peaches would also work well or try pears or apricots too.
    31st Aug, 2017
    This tasted fabulous. For a cake with the diameter shown you needed to make 50% more mixture or it will be flat. I’m going to make it again now with apples.
    25th Aug, 2015
    I would only cook this for 20 minutes as when I put mine in for 35 it burnt a little bit
    13th Oct, 2019
    Probably your oven. Can't blame the recipe.
    3rd Nov, 2014
    I stumbled upon this tip accidentally you see, when I was baking I didnt see the label on the almond extract so I put it in by accident. Turns out it was gorgeous with it in so put almond extract in for extra flavour.Also if you dont have cherries put in sliced almonds instead!!
    12th Oct, 2014
    This is the thurs thing I've ever baked, after two Lemon cakes.. It came out a treat. Use glacé morello cherries for a nicer cherry flavour :D
    7th Aug, 2014
    I wanted to make a cake to use as dessert. I began and found I had no tinned pineapple. I simmered about 20 Australian dried Apricots until soft in a small amount of water and used these in place of the pineapple. The result was superb. I then reduced the simmering water and added a Tbs. Lemon juice and about 1/4 cup sugar and served this syrup with the cake. The comments were, "Always make it with apricots . The apricot version is great. The reason for specifying Australian apricots is that they are not plumped up artificially and so the flavour is lovely and tart. Everything else. About the recipe was according to that written.
    9th Jun, 2014
    Incredible amount of sugar in cake, half the amount in cake mix and still the cake is sweet enough
    13th Oct, 2019
    So, so very wrong. Not the correct consiy IMVHO. Be happy.
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