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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    23rd May, 2016
    Great recipe! We used pineapple chunks, randomly dotted on the cake with cherries and it was gorgeous. We'll be making it again and again.
    1st May, 2016
    Excellent. Agree that it needs a little more cooking time - 40 mins for me. I lined my springform tin completely with buttered greaseproof paper to avoid any leaks and ease the turning-out - worked like a charm. Will try adding a little lemon juice next time to balance out the sweetness.
    22nd Mar, 2016
    Lovely recipe although I used less sugar and added a little ginger powder and coconut, it is delicious.
    24th May, 2015
    Nice easy pudding a real crowd pleaser. 35 minutes baking was not enough, put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. It was very sweet for my taste so next time I will try reducing the sugar content to 70g.
    26th Apr, 2015
    Made this today after having a pineapple in the house that I wanted to use in a different way. I found this recipe and luckily had all the ingredients in my cupboards. Very easy recipe to follow, however didn't use tinned pineapple...I cut up my fresh pineapple into small flat chunks and placed them in to the 'topping' part mosaic style. As I didn't have the pineapple syrup from the tin to add to the main cake batter I added a good squeeze of golden syrup instead. After reading previous comments I made sure I put my cake tin on a baking tray to catch the leaks. I cooked for the 35 mins but when I checked the cake it was still wobbly and wet inside!! I popped back in the oven for another 10 mins and took it out and tested...and it seems seemed cooked through. Left to cool and then served up and it was so delicious! The taste of golden syrup really came through! Will definitely be making again!
    25th Apr, 2015
    Made with fresh pineapple rings and morello cherries. Was completely decimated - gorgeous
    SamP mum of 3
    9th Jan, 2015
    Haven't made one of these since I was a kid, saw this recipe and had to make it. Very nice :)
    23rd Sep, 2014
    Not the most sweety of eaters so used tinned pineapple in juice and followed the recipe as is. So so lovely. Although the sponge will not be as syrupy with juice, it was light and went down very well! And still very sweet to me!
    9th Jun, 2014
    Made using chopped fresh pineapple. Used half the sugar in the cake and also instead of adding syrup from tin, added juice of half lemon. Turned out very well and will be making it again.
    28th May, 2014
    I made this cake with fresh pineapple also and it was absolutely delicious! Really moist and sweet, just lovely.


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