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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic American classic recipe, and has the most perfect light, but moist crumb, and is filled with delicious pineapple flavor. Hold onto your hats, this is seriously amazing!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake with a piece cut out on a white cake plate

Pineapple upside down cake is such a classic recipe! So often it can be totally underrated. While it may not be the first cake recipe you think of when you’re planning a birthday party or making a dessert, it will certainly be memorable once you take that first bite. The topping of this pineapple upside down cake is made with brown sugar and butter. When it goes into the oven it melts and cooks and turns into a caramel-like texture. That’s heavenly on its own, but then we top it with pineapple and cherries! 

When you flip the cake over so the pineapples are on the top, that caramel mixture seeps into the cake and makes this pineapple upside down cake so tender and moist. We prefer to serve this pineapple upside down cake a little warm, but you can easily serve it cold, straight out of the refrigerator. If you serve it warm, make sure to grab a pint of vanilla ice cream to go on top. You’ll thank me later.

  • Do I need to grease the cake pan? 

    Not this time. The melted butter in the bottom of the pan is all that you should need for it to come out easily, once you gently run a knife around the edges of the pan. 

  • Can I make this in a 9×13 pan?

    This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan. All ingredients should simply be doubled. The baking time will remain roughly the same at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes. 

  • Yogurt Options:

    We love the tanginess of full fat Greek yogurt, but you can use any plain yogurt. Fat free, low fat, whole fat, dairy free, it’s up to you! In a pinch? Sour cream works too! 

  • Storing this cake:

    To store pineapple upside down cake you can put it in the refrigerator. To make sure the pineapple and cherries don’t stick to your plastic wrap, stick toothpicks around the edges and in the middle. Once you’ve done that, wrap both the cake and its plate loosely in the plastic wrap. Place the pineapple upside down cake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. In addition to being stored in the refrigerator, you can cover this cake in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for up to one month, but I promise it won’t last that long!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a white cake plate

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake with a piece cut out on a white cake plate
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic American classic recipe, and has the most perfect light, but moist crumb, and is filled with delicious pineapple flavor. Hold onto your hats, this is seriously amazing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Ingredients

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 9-10 slices canned pineapple in juice
  • 5-7 maraschino cherries

Cake Batter

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice reserved from can
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
Instructions

Topping

  • Pour melted butter in a 9-inch round cake pan and sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter.
  • Remove the pineapple slices from the can, reserving juices for later. Arrange 7 pineapple rings to cover the bottom of the pan. Cut some of the rings in half to line the sides of the pan. Place one maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring and in between each where there is a hole.

Cake Batter

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, milk, pineapple juice and greek yogurt and whisk until just combined.
  • Stir in baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add in flour and mix until just combined. Batter will be thick.
  • Pour the batter into the pineapple-lined baking pan. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Gently run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Top the pan with a serving dish and invert the cake onto the serving dish. Leave the pan on top of the cake for 5-10 minutes to ensure all the brown sugar and butter syrup soaks into the cake.
Notes
For a 9x13 pan, double all ingredients. Bake for at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pineapple upside down cake
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Audrey
April 25, 2020 6:07 am

Can I use fresh pineapple slices

Suzette Santos
May 23, 2020 9:29 am

If I use fresh pineapple slices I won’t have the juice as I would with the canned pineapple. Will this affect the recipe or should I substitute it?

Robert Hernandez
May 23, 2020 10:21 am

5 stars
Love her clear instructions. Keeps it simple and in the recipe no mixer required. Nice.

Linda
June 16, 2019 2:46 pm

5 stars
So delicious! Thanks for another great recipe.

Patricia Santoro
July 29, 2020 6:27 am

5 stars
Outstanding recipe. I made this in my cast iron pan. I came out perfectly. The cake part was moist and delicious, paired with the pineapple…perfection.

Henry Arriola Galvez
July 6, 2020 7:02 pm

5 stars
One of my favorite cakes. I really love to eat this cake.

Jacqueline
June 6, 2020 2:52 pm

5 stars
I made the pineapple upside down cake yesterday for the 1st time it was absolutely delicious topped with homemade whip cream!

October 6, 2020 7:08 pm
Reply to  Jacqueline

Great idea! I was thinking about vanilla ice cream but I like the idea of whipped cream better.

Allison Smith
June 6, 2020 10:43 am

5 stars
I made this! So good. I’d post a pic, but …

Judy Ryan
May 29, 2020 10:58 pm

5 stars
Made it today. Soooo good! Looking forward to having another piece for breakfast tomorrow.

Judy Ryan
May 29, 2020 11:53 am

5 stars
Should the cake be taken out of the pan right after it comes out of the oven? Or should it cool a little first? Thanks?

October 6, 2020 7:10 pm
Reply to  Judy Ryan

I let it sit for 10 minutes and then flipped onto a cake stand. Then I let it sit in the cake pan upside down for about 2-3 minutes. I was shocked, it came out perfectly, lol

May 28, 2020 2:26 am

Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe, keep sharing this type of recipes.

May 25, 2020 2:18 am

5 stars
Delicious!! I doubled the recipe for a 9×13 pan it turned out perfect!

May 23, 2020 1:36 pm

I absolutely love pineapple upside down cake! This is another great recipe. Thanks Rachel for giving me the confidence to try so many of your delicious recipes!?

julie cook
May 23, 2020 9:27 am

Could I use coconut milk as substitute for milk. I need non dairy substitute.

julie cook
May 26, 2020 3:34 pm

I did use it for the reason you gave! Turned out great!

October 6, 2020 7:02 pm

5 stars
I am NOT a Betty Crocker in the kitchen. Far from it. No matter how closely I follow a recipe it just never seems to turn out right. HOWEVER, Rachel gives me confidence in the kitchen! Just tried this recipe for the first time. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my husband’s favorite. And the verdict is….. “You MUST make this again!!” I’d call that a huge win for me. I even took pictures. I wish I could post them. I’m super thrilled. Thanks so much Rachel!!

Terry
October 4, 2020 7:35 pm

5 stars
Can I use regular box cake mix for this recipe?

October 6, 2020 7:05 pm
Reply to  Terry

I thought about it but after my husband’s comments about how the cake stands on it’s own deliciousness, I’m convinced in following Rachel’s recipe. Wishing you the best

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