Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside down cake is a favorite of many, there is something about the caramelized pineapple sitting on top of a fluffy homemade cake that is hard to beat. Did you know this cake isn’t hard to make?
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Maybe you grew up on these cakes, for me they were only served when we would have company at my house. I am a big believer in that you should enjoy the good stuff all of the time. Life is too short to only make special desserts when you have company. I personally love this cake because I personally do like icing very much, and this is one cake that you do not have to make any icing to go on top of this cake.

You can use fresh pineapple on this cake. You can also use canned pineapple for this cake. The important thing to do is to make sure the pineapple is well drained. Having pineapple that is too wet will make the batter not turn out well.

It may be that traditionally pineapple upside down cake was made in skillets. I am preparing this cake in a cake pan. They are a little easier to make in a traditional cake pan.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You won't believe how easy it is to put together a homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  No cake mix is required.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 409kcal


  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 20 ounces pineapple drained
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Place 4 tablespoons of butter in a 9-inch round cake pan with deep sides. Place in the oven until the butter melts. 
  • Remove the pan from oven stir brown sugar into the melted butter and spread the mixture evenly across the pan. Drain pineapple well if you are using canned and spread evenly across the pan. 
  • In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, stir and set aside. In another bowl cream together 7 tablespoons of butter and the 3/4 cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add in two large eggs and one egg white to the batter. Add half of the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mix well. Add 1/3 cup of milk into the batter. 
  • Stir in remaining dry ingredients. Mix until the batter is well blended. Drop the batter over the pineapple. Spread batter gently over the pineapple. 
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Place cake on a wire cooling rack. When the cake is has cooled to room temperature invert onto a plate and serve.


  • Serve this cake when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 33.9mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Dagma

    3 stars
    This had really good flavor, but the cake was dry. It could have been my fault because I didn’t have whole milk; I used skim. I should have just used 3 whole eggs instead of 2 whole and 1 egg white. I think next time I may add some oil also. I will make again. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Linda

    5 stars
    Hi Stephanie – I just signed up & Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the first recipe I am going to try. I always use the juice from the pineapple instead of milk for the liquid – it adds great flavor! Be blessed! Linda

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