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Pineapple Upside Down Cake – The best, most tender and delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

Half of a round pineapple upside down cake on a glass plate


Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic American Cake made with a moist cake batter and a flavorful buttery topping of pineapple rings.

Spring, is that you out there?!? Holy sun, I missed you!

This morning I woke up at my usual 6-ish, had a cup of coffee, a bowl of cereal, and I took off. I was standing in front of the grocery store waiting for them to open at 7 am. I was there to pick up whatever I could find that would remind my kitchen of warmer days.

I saw some apples and pears. I also tasted the berries… um, no taste!

I kept moving along the produce aisle and I laid my eyes on some pineapples. They looked really good – perfect golden color, they were firm, and they had a yummy sweet smell. I put one in my basket, paid for it, and came home.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe - The best, most tender and delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic American Cake made with a moist cake batter and a flavorful buttery topping of pineapple rings

What are the ingredients for pineapple upside down cake?

  1. fresh pineapple
  2. butter
  3. light brown sugar
  4. pineapple juice
  5. flour
  6. sugar
  7. baking powder
  8. salt
  9. eggs
  10. vanilla

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Topping

How do you make a pineapple upside down cake?

  1. Mix melted butter with the brown sugar and pineapple juice.
  2. Pour the brown sugar mixture in the bottom of a cake pan.
  3. Arrange pineapple rings on top and set aside.
  4. Stir together flour, salt, granulated sugar, and baking powder.
  5. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  6. Beat egg yolks until lemony yellow.
  7. Stir in pineapple juice, vanilla, and melted butter.
  8. Add this mixture to the flour mixture.
  9. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  10. Pour prepared batter over pineapple rings in the cake pan.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes.


And once Ana went to take her nap, Mama made herself a fresh pot of coffee to enjoy with a piece of this amazing pineapple upside down cake! I just wish it was Sunday, my “Eat Whatever The Heck You Want Day”, so I could have a few more slices.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
The best, most tender and delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic American Cake made with a moist cake batter and a flavorful buttery topping of pineapple rings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 364


  • 1 fresh pineapple – peeled , cored, and sliced into rings
  • 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted, divided
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice , divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs , separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Melt the butter, but keep the sticks separated. That is, melt 1 whole stick in one bowl, and the other half of a stick in another bowl.
  • Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9 inch cake pan.
  • Mix half of a stick of butter (4 tablespoons), melted, with the brown sugar and add in 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice.
  • Pour the brown sugar mixture in the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Arrange the pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar mixture. Set pan aside.
  • Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
  • Separate the eggs.
  • Beat the whites until stiff.
  • Beat the yolks until lemony yellow.
  • Stir in the remaining 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 for 30 minutes.
  • Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove it by covering up the pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.


Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 Slice)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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55 Responses
  1. Julia

    Directions look simple enough and cake looks delicious…but, who has actually made it and tasted it?… I want to hear from them…

    1. Kate @

      Hi Julia!

      I made it, who else? I tasted it, my family… I’ve made it for friends, company, etc… It’s a delicious cake.

  2. Shirley

    I feel exactly the same about fruits this time of year! Apples and pears are fall/winter fruits, and it’s pointless to buy berries and cherries, even with the sale signs. They’re just not in season.

    Pineapple upside-down cake is good any time of year, though. Looks delicious!

  3. Krissyp

    Beautiful pic. Looks moist, sweet, and delicious. One of my favorite desserts and anything with pineapple! So sorry to hear you can’t get your hands on any good berries, I have been on a lucky streak I guess…blueberries are huge and sweet!

    Okay also I want to let you know that I have been tagged in a game “Tag you are it”! and I am tagging you now!:) Visit when you have time!

  4. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I hope that your weather is still behaving! It was all of 72 degrees here today. Beautiful. Your cake looks like sunshine. It made me want one so bad I will head to the store tomorrow just to buy a pineapple to make it. I love this cake and haven’t made it in years. Thank you for the reminder and the recipe.

  5. A little bit of everything

    here it’s getting warmer and warmer lately too. I’m so longing for sunny days, probably most of us do.
    your cake make me dream of tropical beaches and tons of relaxing moments.
    thanks for sharing this tribute to the spring. hope you’ll have a wonderful Monday

  6. Lori

    Horay for spring!! As I type this it is snowing again here….crud! Gorgeous looking cake Kate! This looks way better than the ones we used to try to bake at camp in a reflector oven. You are so smart to bring spring into the kitchen….I am so ready for the warm weather!

  7. Kim - Liv Life

    When I was younger I asked for Pineapple Cake every year for my birthday and my mom lovingly made it for me. I have never made one for my kids though! I actually have a full, ripe pineapple on my counter, I might just give this a go tomorrow. My son loves pineapple like I do, I bet he will be happy. Now if only I could get pictures as nice as yours I’d be set!!

  8. Anna

    I’m glad the weather is all sunny and balmy, here in LA this week the weather decided to be not as peppy. But really I can’t complain…we had the best winter ever…. compared with what east coast had to endure. Your cake looks divine, I love pineapple in any way possible, it’s Just delicious.

  9. Claudia

    We had five days of spring-like weather and winter returned today. It has been winter in myome until I opened your blog and sawyour perfect, spring cake! My mood instantly lifted.

  10. Lora @cakeduchess

    Your cake is so pretty Kate! I love upside down cakes. I have to try your recipe:)Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a nice weekend!!

  11. Jenny @ Savour the Senses

    Yum! I have been wanting to make an upside down cake for a few weeks, you might have just inspired me to actually do it! This looks amazing =)

  12. Susan

    For you, Kate, an award! I have so enjoyed visiting your site. Your posts are always bright and beautifully photographed. Your site is clean and crisp and your banner is cleverly stylish … hence a Stylish Blogger Award! If you’d like to play along, check out the link below for the award badge and particulars! keep up all your hard work!

  13. marla

    This cake is sunny, warm, bright and I bet very delicious and hard to stop eating. Glad to hear it made for a very happy day 🙂

  14. Sandra

    Trying not to get too excited about this lovely weather here in Michigan. Mother Nature is just baiting us in for the next round of winter weather. I am however baited in by your beautiful pictures. Thank you for that round of sunshine and great recipe.

  15. happywhennothungry

    This cake looks amazing! I’ve actually never made pineapple upside down cake, but definitely love your recipe and will have to try!

  16. Becky

    I haven’t made pineapple upside down cake in many years, but it’s time to make one now. Yours looks so yummy, bursting with flavor and thoughts of Spring. Here in Chicago it was 50 degrees today with no sun.

  17. Becky

    I haven’t made pineapple upside down cake in many years, but it’s time to make one now. Yours looks so yummy, bursting with flavor and thoughts of Spring. Here in Chicago it was 50 degrees today, so for now I’ll settle for Spring:)

  18. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    Made with fresh pineapple, this cake sounds amazing. I think spring is trying to take hold around here too and I’m so excited! Let’s hope it sticks around!

  19. Monet

    I love pineapple upside down cake too! It is finally warmer here in Austin. I’m savoring the sunshinet! Thank you so much for sharing…and thank you for visiting my blog!

  20. Sprinkled with Flour

    Oh how I love pineapple upside down cake! This was the very first thing I baked in my high school cooking class, so it gives me fond memories:)

  21. The Farmers Wife

    Yum!! I love pineapple upside down cake, especially when it’s made with fresh pineapple! Looks amazing! Nice work on getting going this morning!

  22. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    So glad you all are getting some sunshine and warmer weather! My mom used to make pineapple upside down cake and its one of my all time favorites – especially with fresh pineapple! (when we were kids it was Dole canned all the way 🙂 )

  23. Geni

    You’re certainly right about the weather…after a winter ranging in temp from -20 to 30 degree F weather, I’m really enjoying the 55 degrees it is right now!!

    I’ve been meaning to try mini pineapple upside cake using muffin tins, so I think I’ll have to use your recipe for that. Your cake looks delicious!

  24. Carla Meine

    mmmm looks really good. Gives me a good idea for a post for a GF pineapple upside down cake I’ll have to try tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  25. Chef Dennis

    what a beautiful tribute to the spring to come….sigh…and it can’t come soon enough for me! I love pineapple upside down cake in all its buttery sweet glory, if my wife see this post, I will be making one this weekend!

  26. Cheryl and Adam

    This brings back memories! I remember my mother making and upside down cake when I was little and being totally confused by the concept. I couldn’t understand WHY anyone would want to make a cake upside down… and how could you eat it? Needless to say, with one bite my questions dissolved along with the cake in my mouth and I have been a huge fan ever since. Great recipe! Thanks for the memories!

  27. Sara @CaffeIna

    Pineapple upside down cake is one of the first I learnt to make from my mom 🙂
    And yes, it’s so summery, so full of joy.

  28. Jill Colonna

    Thanks for bringing your ray of sunshine over here. What an early bird you are! That carmelised pineapple is just calling on us, EAT ME. Love the change to the classic apple. Cheers to sunny days!

  29. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Yay, yay, yay–it’s beautiful here too! I definitely think we should ALL celebrate with upside-down cake!

  30. Michelle

    My mother used to make a fantastic pineapple upside down cake (with a maraschino cherry in the middle of each pineapple ring) and this has me feeling super nostalgic!

  31. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, that is one of our all times favourite cakes at home and yours looks absolutely perfect!!! You will now make my son forcing me do one for him when I get back home from work :)) your photos are so stunning!!

  32. Sandra

    Today was gorgeous day over here too..oh how much we enjoyed sunshine and warmth..your cake looks so delicious and I can’t believe you made it so early..I can’t open my eyes properly before 10am:))))) Even when I am driving kids to school I feel like I need to be in the bed :D..I am not morning person at all!:))
    Love the color on that beautiful piece of cake..yummy!

  33. Leanna @

    I was JUST talking to a co-worker about one of these. I shared this amazing pineapple I came across, and she went on about how great the pinapple was and how I should have made an pineapple upside down cake. I argued that it was too good to be in cake 😛

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