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Upside Down Pineapple Cake Recipe

Written by on December 14, 2023

pineapple upsidedown cake
It may be retro, but this classic cake is a staple easy dessert for a reason. Sweet pineapple gets an irresistible rich boost from melted butter, brown sugar, and eye-catching maraschino cherries—one slice, and you’ll feel transported to the tropical vacay of your dreams.
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (20-oz.) can pineapple rings in juice
  • stemless maraschino cherries


  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (can be used for topping)
    1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a round 9” cake pan.
    2. Make topping: Mix butter with brown sugar and add to the prepared cake pan. Let mixture spread to the edges, then add 7 pineapple rings. Place cherries inside and in between pineapple slices.
    3. Make batter: In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter with sugars. Beat in egg, vanilla, and sour cream, then slowly beat in flour mixture and pineapple juice until just combined.
    4. Spoon the batter over the pineapple, gently spreading it out in an even layer.
    5. Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
    6. Remove from oven, wait 5 minutes and flip cake upside-down onto the serving platter. Wait 30 seconds more, then carefully lift the pan off. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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