Grandma's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


This is my grandma's pineapple upside-down cake! My grandma used to bake cakes and pies during the Great Depression and my grandpa would sell them door-to-door and on the street corners to support them during that awful time. This is one of my favorites.

close up view of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake garnished with pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries on a blue plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings


  • cup butter

  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed

  • 8 pineapple rings

  • 8 pecan halves

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar; heat until bubbly. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple rings and pecans on top.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; repeat sifting twice more.

  4. Beat white sugar and eggs together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  5. Alternate folding flour mixture and pineapple juice into egg mixture in 3 batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour over pineapple slices.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the skillet for 5 minutes. Invert carefully onto a serving platter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
10g Fat
55g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 71mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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