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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    18th May, 2013
    Everyone loved this and keep asking me to make it
    24th Apr, 2013
    Please ignore last comment I had read it incorrectly. Apologies. My variation on this recipe, in the topping, is to substitute dark Muscovado sugar and a generous grating of fresh Nutmeg. Aidanmac
    24th Apr, 2013
    This recipe doesn't read right. The first step says to spread the batter over the base then place the pineapple and cherries on top? Step 2 then describes a more correct method of assembling an "upside-down" cake. Aidanmac
    21st Apr, 2013
    Well, do not ask how or why but I managed to forget all but the first three ingredients of the cake recipe. During the period of anticipation the comments by SO were fairly cutting. However have to say that despite the major boob the outcome was pretty good and that was without a smothering coat of custard!
    18th Apr, 2013
    I've tried this recipe on several occasions, and altered it very slightly. I put in 40g of desiccated coconut, and it was popular with guests.
    13th Apr, 2013
    My family young and old love this, I've made it twice so far. Halved the mix in a pyrex dish for a weekend treat. Next for the whole family, I used a Bundt tin and it came out looking gorgeous. They all oohed and ahhed as it went on the table! Added half as much cake mix again as it didn't quite cover the fruit. Would do that again as I preferred the ratio of cake to fruit more. It has to be with custard for me.
    2nd Apr, 2013
    As everyone else has already said this is very easy to make. I had help from 7 yr,5 yr & a 2 yr old to make this with no problems. Just put in the oven so eagerly waiting for it to come out. Have made before & always go's down well with a nice scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side!! would recommend you make this.
    24th Mar, 2013
    This cake is quite simply heaven on a plate. It's quite sweet, but wonderfully moist. I am a complete novice at baking but this turned out perfectly, even though I had to use muscovado sugar in the frosting and had no cherries. I shall definitely be making a couple to go on the buffet at my sons upcoming 1st Holy Communion and know it will be well-received...
    22nd Mar, 2013
    I forgot to add the syrup to the cake mix but it is absolutely delicious. I think this will become a regular for me. I also used sultanas instead of cherries which go nicely with the pineapple too.
    10th Mar, 2013
    Lovely cake, best cake I've ever made - family loved it. Whilst in oven it's juices leaked, next time put a tray there to catch it. Also my cake depth was that high, if I want the cake part to be more thick - what ingredient would u recommend?


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