Rating: 4.35 stars
356 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 226
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 14

The classic pineapple upside down cake made with fresh pineapple. Serve with dollops of creme fraiche.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch round cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

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  • Melt the butter. Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9-inch cake pan.

  • Mix 5 tablespoons of the butter with the dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice. Place this mixture in the bottom of the cake pan. Arrange the pineapple rings on the brown sugar mixture in a decorative pattern (be creative). Set pan aside.

  • Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.

  • Separate the eggs. Beat the whites until stiff but not dry.

  • Beat two of the egg yolks until lemony yellow. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup pineapple juice, vanilla, and remaining melted butter. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour batter over the top of the brown sugar and pineapple rings.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger, about 30 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cover pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 41.3g; fat 13g; cholesterol 77mg; sodium 282.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (291)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2007
this was a very good homemade cake recipe.... the only reason i'm giving it 4 stars is b/c the topping didn't turn out the way i thought..it was very oooey gooey and i thought it was supposed to be kinda crispy .... (i baked it exactly as the recipe said, i didn't lower the temp.) SO READ THIS IF YOU ARE MAKING THIS RECIPE.... WHEN YOUR CAKE IS DONE BAKING AND HAS COOLED........IF YOUR TOPPING IS KINDA RUNNY/GOOEY/NOT CRISPY ENUF FOR YOUR LIKING( you can only tell by flipping it out of the pan first) COVER A PAN IN FOIL AND PLACE CAKE ON PAN (topping up) and place cake in oven on BROIL for a few minutes (depending on how crispy you want it) the pineapple will get a little brown also, but it really helped the topping and still tasted delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2008
Had a good flavor, but the cake came out dry. I am not sure what I did, as I followed the recipe precisely. However, maybe I whisked the egg whites too long because it was rather foamy? The cake could use a teaspoon of pineapple extract to up the flavor. Read More
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356 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 226
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2007
this was a very good homemade cake recipe.... the only reason i'm giving it 4 stars is b/c the topping didn't turn out the way i thought..it was very oooey gooey and i thought it was supposed to be kinda crispy .... (i baked it exactly as the recipe said, i didn't lower the temp.) SO READ THIS IF YOU ARE MAKING THIS RECIPE.... WHEN YOUR CAKE IS DONE BAKING AND HAS COOLED........IF YOUR TOPPING IS KINDA RUNNY/GOOEY/NOT CRISPY ENUF FOR YOUR LIKING( you can only tell by flipping it out of the pan first) COVER A PAN IN FOIL AND PLACE CAKE ON PAN (topping up) and place cake in oven on BROIL for a few minutes (depending on how crispy you want it) the pineapple will get a little brown also, but it really helped the topping and still tasted delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2009
This cake is absolutely perfect! My only complaint is my family started cutting away at my beautiful creation before I could take a picture to post. I followed the recipe as is. I did add a little, too. After I put the brown sugar mix in I sprinkled coconut on top and then layered the pineapple and added some maraschino cherries to the design. I made two cakes and after they cooled I stacked them. SIMPLY WONDERFUL - especially the cake's texture and the way the candied sauce just melts into the cake without making it soggy. Someone said they didn't know what stiff but not dry egg whites meant. When you hit that foamy looking stage turn your mixer up and keep going for another minute or so. The egg whites will leave ripples and look shiny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2004
I had never made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake before this one. I was a bit worried at first because there are so many steps but it all turned out great! I thought the batter was too runny when it went into the oven but the cake turned out great anyway and it kept for several days in the fridge. I had zero problems with this recipe. I never figured out what "Beat the whites until stiff bu not dry" meant. The egg whites never got stiff they did get foamy (kinda like soap foam) but never stiff or dry. Oh well. I used canned Dole Pineapple slices 1 can for the pineapple rings (I used 5 rings) and the 3/4 cup of juice. Other substitions: I used margrine instead of butter and I used cheap-o vanilla flavoring rather than vanilla extract. This recipe rocks a perfect Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2007
This cake is very moist and has an excellent presentation. I just happened to have fresh pineapple in the house, but no actual juice, so I substituted orange juice, it was wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
This cake turned out wonderful. For those of you who had a dense cake, you did not beat the egg whites to medium-stiff to stiff peaks, or did not fold in the egg whites into the egg yolk and flour mixture properly. The way the egg whites are whipped and folded into the batter is the key to the cake's fluffy texture. The cake part is supposed to be the texture of a chiffon cake, something quite light and fluffy. (As this pineapple cake contains the separate foaming method.) Also, you have to get the egg yolks to a creamy or "lemony color" consistency as well. Pineapple upside down cakes are not supposed to be dense bricks everyone! Fluffy is the key to happiness! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2010
wonderfully light cake! this is a chiffon style cake - so be sure you whip those egg whites til they are the first stage of "stiff peaks" and are still glossy. With my KitchenAid it took about 10 minutes on speed 8. If you have a handheld mixer...it'll be about twice that. If you are using a whisk...heaven help ya, it ain't gonna happen easily. When folding in --- take 1/3 of the white and mix into the batter, no need to be gentle. It lightens the batter. Then dump in the rest and fold in gently til all incorporated. Note: you need a deep pan else don't put in all the batter! Also - put some foil around the bottom curled up to catch brown sugar dribbles :) YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2003
This is the BEST recipe I have ever made! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
This is one of the best pineapple upside down cake recipes I've tried and works well with canned pineapple Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2005
I made this recipe exactly as it said and it was very good! No problems with too runny of a topping as indicated by other reviewers. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is supposed to be more dense as opposed to light and fluffy and this recipe delivers. The cake remains moist despite the density just make sure you don't overcook it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2008
Had a good flavor, but the cake came out dry. I am not sure what I did, as I followed the recipe precisely. However, maybe I whisked the egg whites too long because it was rather foamy? The cake could use a teaspoon of pineapple extract to up the flavor. Read More
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