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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

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Pineapple upside down cake is always a hit.

It looks pretty and everyone knows they are in for a taste treat.

This recipe for pineapple upsidedown cake is quick and easy to make by hand.

There are just a few tricks to making a light and fluffy cake.

Cake recipes usually ask that you “cream together” the sugar and butter. This just means mixing it well with a spoon or fork (I use the back of the fork to really grind the ingredients together).

The secret to a light cake recipe is to cream the sugar and butter together really well, until it is very well mixed and light and fluffy. The mixing adds air to the batter and will ensure a light texture to the cake.

Make this pineapple cake any day of the week for a sweet treat everyone will love.

pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Pineapple upside down cake is always a hit because everyone knows they are in for a taste treat. This recipe is quick and easy to make by hand.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Servings
Calories 252 kcal


  • 8 1/2 ounces canned sliced pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 maraschino cherries, halved
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whipped cream, optional, for serving


  • Melt butter in a 9" square pan. Stir in brown sugar and mix well in the pan. Arrange pineapple slices in the bottom of the pan. Place 1/2 a cherry in the middle of each pineapple ring.
  • Drain the pineapple, reserving syrup. Add water to remaining syrup to make 1/2 cup.
  • Cream together shortening and white sugar until light. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients plus 1/2 cup reserved pineapple syrup. Beat until all is well mixed.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then invert the cake on to a plate. Great served warm with a dollop of whipped cream.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 84IUCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
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  • For best results when making a cake, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature, especially things like milk, butter and eggs.

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1 thought on “Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe”

  1. A comment from one of the visitors to the older version of the site:

    The cake turned out perfect and everyone enjoyed it. Nice to have something old fashioned.

    Mary D. from Waterford, ON


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