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how to make Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

This Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is light & moist cake topped with chunks of pineapple, a thick caramelized sugar layer & whipped cream. So easy & delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, pineapple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool before flipping 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature plus a bit more for the pan (1½ sticks)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • cups all-purpose flour. Spooned & leveled.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar + more for sprinkling
  • medium pineapple peeled, cored & cut into chunks ( or 2 cans of chunked pineapple- drained well)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup 2% milk


  • Prepare your pineapple- set aside.
  • Butter or grease well a 9" round cake pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder & salt- set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine 4 tbsp of the butter & the brown sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer- stirring constantly until mixture is slightly darkened & thick.
  • Pour into prepared pan & spread out.
  • Add the prepared pineapple in a single layer in the pan.
  • Sprinkle generously with more brown sugar.
  • In a stand mixer, beat the remaining butter with the granulated sugar on med-high until fluffy. Scrape down bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Reduce the mixer to low- add flour mixture. Beat until combined.
  • Carefully spread batter over the pineapple & bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean- approx 55-60 min.
  • Let cool at least 10-15 min before inverting on serving platter.