Pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

In this recipe, you will learn how to make a pineapple upside-down cake from scratch. You Will Learn the best serving suggestions and my personal tricks to make them better.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Recipe by Syed Wasif GilaniCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Pineapple Upside-Down Cake You’ve Ever Tasted. Ready to dive into paradise!!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple slices, drained (reserve 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice)

  • Maraschino cherries (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preparation
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a 9-inch cake pan, pour in the melted butter, and spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter. Arrange the pineapple slices over the sugar, and place maraschino cherries in the center of each pineapple ring, if desired.
  • Mixing
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk and pineapple juice, until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter over the pineapple and spread it evenly.
  • Baking
  • Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake.
  • Place a plate or serving platter upside down over the cake pan, then invert the pan and plate together to turn the cake out onto the plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Follow all the steps carefully for the best result. Enjoy your delicious and easy-to-make pineapple upside-down cake!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size150g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories350
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 14g 22%
    • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Cholesterol 69mg 23%
  • Sodium 320mg 14%
  • Total Carbohydrate 53g 18%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 37g
  • Protein 4g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Tips and Tricks to Make it More Delicious

    The Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a very delicious treat. It is my personal favorite 🍰. I made this recipe on my birthday. You can make it more delicious with these simple tricks:

    🍳 Prepping the Pan & Pineapple Topping: Preheat oven for even baking. Spread melted butter, sprinkle brown sugar, arrange pineapple slices, and maybe add cherries for extra flair.

    🥣 Mixing the Batter: Blend dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, soda, salt). Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla till light, add dry mix alternately with milk and pineapple juice.

    🍽️ Baking & Serving: Pour batter, and bake 40-45 min till toothpick is clean. Cool for 5-10 min before flipping onto a plate. Serve warm or room temp.

    Serving Suggestions for Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    You can enhance your Pineapple Upside Down Cake experience with my suggestions:

    👑 Toppings & Garnishes: Crown with whipped cream, ice cream, or spices like cinnamon. Decorate with cherries or berries.

    🍹 Beverages: Enjoy with coffee, tea, or sip a piña colada/mocktail for a tropical twist.

    🥧 Pairings: Match with apple pie, chocolate cake, cheese, or yogurt for contrasting flavors.

    🍰 Presentation: Slice into small pieces, arrange on a vibrant plate, and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

    Dietary Information for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Dairy-freeCan be made dairy-free by using dairy-free butter and milk.
    Gluten-freeCan be made gluten-free with the use of gluten-free flour.
    VeganCan be made vegan by using dairy-free butter and milk, and replacing the eggs with a vegan egg substitute.
    VegetarianContains no meat products and is suitable for vegetarians.
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    Storage Tips for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Once your pineapple upside-down cake has cooled completely, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. If you want to store it for a longer period, you can refrigerate it for up to five days. 

    For best results, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before refrigerating. When you’re ready to serve the cake, you can let it come to room temperature before slicing and serving. 

    If you have any leftover slices, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

    My Advice

    For a flawless pineapple upside-down cake, remember these tips. Space pineapple slices evenly for even baking. If using canned pineapple, drain and keep juice for the batter. Get creative—try mango or papaya instead of pineapple, and add nutmeg for a twist. After baking and cooling, store wrapped in plastic or foil in the fridge for up to five days. Warm slices in the microwave for a quick, cozy treat.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    People often ask me these questions while making this cake so I wrote the answers to the most popular questions but if you have additional questions you can ask me in the comments.

    Why is it called upside-down pineapple cake?

    It’s called an “upside down” cake because the topping of the cake is actually baked on the bottom of the pan and then flipped over when the cake is done baking, resulting in the fruit and topping being on the top of the cake when served.

    What is the trick to flipping pineapple upside-down cake?

    The trick is to let the cake cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before flipping it over onto a serving plate. Use a knife to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan before inverting it to prevent any sticking.

    How long does pineapple upside-down cake last?

    You can store pineapple upside-down cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

    Why is my pineapple upside-down cake soggy?

    There are a few reasons why your cake might be soggy, including overripe pineapple, too much butter or sugar in the topping, or underbaking the cake. To prevent a soggy cake, make sure to use firm, ripe pineapple and don’t overdo it with the topping ingredients.

    Can I make a pineapple upside-down cake vegan?

    Yes, you can make pineapple upside-down cake vegan by using plant-based ingredients, such as vegan butter and non-dairy milk, instead of dairy products. You can also use a vegan egg substitute, such as flax eggs or applesauce, instead of eggs.

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