Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


This upside-down pineapple cake recipe delivers a really good take on the classic, old-fashioned dessert.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 10-inch round cake


  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple

  • 10 maraschino cherries, halved

  • 1 cup sifted cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter over very low heat in a 10-inch heavy skillet with a heat-resistant handle or a cast iron pan. Remove from heat; sprinkle brown sugar evenly into the skillet. Arrange pineapple slices to cover the bottom of the skillet. Distribute cherries around pineapples; set aside.

  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

  4. Separate eggs; place whites in a large mixing bowl and yolks in a smaller bowl.

  5. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add white sugar gradually, beating well after each addition. Beat until medium-stiff peaks form.

  6. Beat egg yolks at high speed until very thick and yellow. Using a wire whisk or rubber scraper, gently fold egg yolks and flour mixture into whites with an over-and-under motion until blended.

  7. Fold 1 tablespoon melted butter and almond extract into batter, then spread batter evenly over pineapple in the skillet.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Loosen cake edges with a table knife. Cool cake for 5 minutes before inverting it onto a serving plate.

    high angle, looking at a pineapple upside down cake on a platter, with a slice cut
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
10g Fat
55g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* 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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