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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    1st Nov, 2018
    Lovely cake but much nicer with fresh pineapple and fresh juice instead of syrup!
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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!
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    Ti Adoro
    13th May, 2018
    Spur-of-the-moment baking after watching a baking programme at 2300 hours. I confess to using olive oil to replace the butter I thought I had - and it works well. Thank you for this (rest of this) recipe.
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    Nurika Griffith
    6th May, 2018
    I made this recipe today. i doubled it as my pan was bigger than specified. It came out nice and moist and heavenly! I will definately make again
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    Sarah Snook
    26th Apr, 2018
    The best pineapple upside down cake I’ve ever had, easy to make. Cooked a little quicker than suggested time.
    15th Oct, 2017
    Just made with coconut oil rather than butter in the sponge. A Maz ing!! Easy and delicious, cooked a little faster than suggested, but that may be my oven, and it turned out of the dish perfectly!!
    23rd Jul, 2017
    Best pineapple upside down cake I have made/tasted :-) So quick and easy to make. The caremel glaze top is absolutely delicious and next time I'm going to make more to spread all over the cake in.
    18th Jun, 2017
    A favourite in our house ...goes great warmed with vanilla icecream. I use fresh pineapple finely cut to line the base and sides of the tin. I also cut up some very small pieces and mix this in to the cake mix. The press thr remaining pineapple to get the juices out, 3 tablespoons of juice is added to the cake mix. Comes out perfect every time ...lovely and mosit
    7th May, 2017
    My mum used to make this cake for us when we were little. Had a fresh pineapple to use up so decided to give it a go. Used a little maple syrup as I didn't have the tinned pineapple syrup. It took a extra 10 mins to cook than the recipe stated, but it was worth the wait. My husband says this is his new favourite dessert.
    11th Apr, 2017
    Just made for husband's birthday - it was finished within 10 minutes and family were scrapping the crumbs! Was deliciously moist and tasty! I used the wrong (bigger) cake tin so came out like a flan! but was still gobbled up nicely. Changes: I used fresh pineapple but this can make the cake quite moist, so sometimes worth cooking the pineapple first. I followed the advice of some here and added some lemon juice and reduced the sugar in the cake to 80g. I think I make again without the glazed cherries as it's quite nice without.


    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
    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
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