This pineapple upside-down cake recipe is a quick and easy classic that’s graced tables since the 1920s!
Tangy pineapple slices are caramelized underneath a vanilla cake and then flipped right-side up for a stunningly tasty dessert!
This cake is best served warm from the oven, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
A Favorite Easy Cake!
- This famous cake is elegant enough to take to a party but simple enough to make and enjoy on any given day.
- Upside-down cakes like this one are incredibly adaptable for using other fruits.
- Make in a single-layer cake pan or a cast iron skillet or even a bundt cake pan.
Ingredients for Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Cake – All the basic cake batter components are here except that adding applesauce lowers the amount of both the oil and sugar needed. If you’d like, instead of making a scratch cake use a boxed vanilla or yellow cake mix and make two upside-down cakes.
Fruit – Canned sliced pineapple rings are perfect in this recipe. Try sliced apples, peaches, pears, or plums.
Toppings on the bottom – Maraschino cherries are what make this recipe so sweet and colorful, but red or green grapes, raisins, currants, dried or sugared cranberries can be used, flaked or toasted coconut, and pecans, walnuts, or slivered almonds.
How to Make Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
- Melt butter & brown sugar in the cake pan. Arrange pineapple rings and cherries on top and set aside.
- Prepare cake as directed in the recipe below and gently pour the cake batter over the pineapples.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then invert the pan onto a plate.
Serve warm or cooled with homemade vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream.
Storing Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- After Baking: Keep the baked cake in the pan and let it cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days.
- To Freeze: Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To Thaw (if frozen): Warm in a 300°F oven for 15-20 minutes just until heated through. Flip and serve.
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 6-7 slices pineapple
- 5 maraschino cherries
- ¼ cup oil
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place butter in 9" round cake pan or pie plate and put in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F allowing the butter to melt in the pan while warming.
- Remove the pan from the oven once the butter has melted. Stir in brown sugar (you can do this right in the pan!).
- Arrange pineapple slices and cherries on top of the butter mixture.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together oil and sugar. Add applesauce, egg, and vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir just until combined. Spread carefully over pineapple in pan, making sure not to disturb the cherries as you spread the batter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top of the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before running a knife carefully around the edge.
- Place a large round plate on top of the pan, flip and allow the cake to fall out onto the plate before removing the pan.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Looks fun and easy to make. Kids would dig this after our trip to Hawaii.
I’m 73 years old my mom used to bake every Sunday and pineapple upside down cake was one of my favorites!! I’m not much of a cook I do try new recipes that seem easy Thank you for the memory I’m definitely going to try this one! Thanks for sharing
I love when food has memories attached! I can’t wait for you to try it Chris!
If I made this again, I’d use 1/4 cup of butter – there was not enough brown sugar to soak up the 1/2 cup and my cake was swimming in butter. I literally had to drain it halfway through baking. We ate it anyway – flavor was otherwise great – but it was greasy. I especially like using applesauce and oil in this recipe.
Reply to Lisa. Yes, I agree. IF I use this recipe again, I will definitely cut the butter to 1/4 cup. 1/2 cup did not allow the brown sugar to caramelize and the whole cake was just too greasy and not “cake like”. I do like using the applesauce though.
This was a really moist, delicious cake! My 14 year old son made it for our family of 7. Not a crumb was leftover. Thanks for a great, simple, delicious recipe!
That is so awesome! Glad you all enjoyed it.
Making this now. Smells amazing. Yum!
Hope you enjoyed it Donna!
This is so delicious! The whole family loved it. It is not overly sweet like some pineapple upside down cakes.
So happy to hear that Audrey!
Made it last night and could hardly wait until it was finished and cooled. This cake is delicious !!!
Yay! So happy you loved it Sandi!
Yummy. Can’t wait to make it.
Can I substitute crushed pineapple for the slices?
Hi Dianne, we haven’t tried it with crushed pineapple but I am sure it would work. Just make sure you drain the crushed pineapple before placing in the bottom of the pan.