Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 364 kcal


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9 inch cake pan.
  4. Mix half of a stick of butter (4 tablespoons), melted, with the brown sugar and add in 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice.
  5. Pour the brown sugar mixture in the bottom of the cake pan.
  6. Arrange the pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar mixture. Set pan aside.
  7. Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
  8. Separate the eggs.
  9. Beat the whites until stiff.
  10. Beat the yolks until lemony yellow.
  11. Stir in the remaining pineapple juice, vanilla, and remaining melted butter.
  12. Add this mixture to the flour mixture.
  13. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  14. Pour batter over the top of the brown sugar and pineapple rings.
  15. Bake for 30 minutes.
  16. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  17. Remove it by covering up the pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.

Recipe Notes


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.