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Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Y’all are going to love this Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. It’s one of the best recipes out there, and it’s easy to make. The combination of pineapple, cherries, and a white moist fluffy cake is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. 

Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a delicious and refreshing cake.

Our old neighbor gave us the top of her pineapple a couple of years ago and we grew a pineapple with it. It was easy and all we had to do was wait about two years. Ha! 

I never knew, before growing this pineapple, that it took so long to grow them. Ours was small but as ripe and sweet as they get. 

As a kid, my husband asked his mom to make homemade pineapple upside down cake quite often, and he always loved it. So, he asked me to make one with our homegrown pineapple and it turned out amazing. 

Growing a pineapple in the backyard was easy.

Here’s the pineapple in the pot. It’s neat the way the pineapple grows out of the top of the leaves. Those are some sharp leaves, too. Might poke your eye out! 

Homemade pineapple upside down cake is a delicious dessert any time of year.

The pineapple didn’t grow too large, but it was as sweet as they get. 

Recipe and printable instructions listed at the bottom of the post. 

Topping

Brown sugar gives the pineapple upside down cake a deeper sweet taste.

Add the brown sugar to the greased baking dish. 

Upside down pineapple cake is a wonderful summer cake.

Pour the melted butter over the brown sugar and mix it all together. Spread the butter and sugar mixture over the bottom of the dish. 

Delicious upside down pineapple cake from scratch.

Lay the pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar and butter mixture. Place the cherries in the little spaces in between. 

You can add as many cherries as you’d like. Typically, you add more pineapples, but mine was small, so I only had a few slices. 

How do you make a pineapple upside down cake?

  • Add brown sugar and melted butter to the bottom of a baking dish. Top with slices of pineapple and cherries.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Mix together.
  • Pour over the pineapple and brown sugar mixture.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Cake

Pineapple upside down cake, from scratch, is an amazing dessert that's easy to make.

Add the softened butter to a large bowl and cream for about one minute. 

Ingredients for pineapple upside down cake include butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.

Add the sugar and cream for about one more minute. 

This is the best pineapple upside down cake recipe. You are going to love the flavors including pineapple, cherries, and a moist white cake.

Plop in the eggs, one at a time, and mix them into the batter. 

Pineapple upside down cake can be baked in a glass dish, or a cast iron skillet.

Add the vanilla. 

We go through vanilla here like it’s goin’ out of style. It adds a little bit of flavor to what you’re baking. It’s almost like you’re best friend in baking – it’s always there for you. 

Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Get your baking powder measured out and ready to add to the flour. 

Sifted flour gives pineapple upside down cake a light and fluffy texture.

Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to a sifter. Sift the ingredients into the bowl. 

Sifting the flour will add a light fluffy texture to your cake. 

Cake recipes from scratch taste better than any store bought cake! This pineapple upside down cake is a delectable dessert!

Mix the flour mixture into the batter. 

The flour always looks so pretty when it’s sifted. It looks like snow! This is the only snow I will get down here in Florida. Sigh…

Quick pineapple upside down cake is a fun summer treat.

Pour the milk into the batter and mix together. 

Homemade pineapple upside down cake is a traditional summer cake. Its perfect for birthday parties and potlucks.

Pour the batter on top of the pineapple and spread it out evenly. 

Normally, you’re going to make this in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish, but with such a small amount of pineapple, I baked it in my 8″ x 8″ dish. It did make it a thicker cake in the smaller dish, which was delish! 

Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. 

Homemade pineapple upside down cake is a fun and easy dessert to make. The pineapple bakes up soft and is sweet in flavor.

Allow the cake to cool and invert it onto a plate or cookie sheet. It helps to scrape the sides with a knife before inverting so the cake doesn’t stick. 

Pineapple upside down cake from scratch is an easy and delightful dessert.

Yield: 12 pieces

Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a delicious and easy recipe.

Y'all are going to love this Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. It's one of the best recipes out there, and it's easy to make. The combination of pineapple, cherries, and a white moist fluffy cake is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 - 20 oz. can pineapple slices
  • Handful of pitted cherries

Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Grease a baking dish.

Topping

  1. Add the brown sugar to the baking dish. Pour the melted butter over the top, mix together, and spread over the entire dish.
  2. Place the pineapples and cherries on top of the brown sugar.

Cake

  1. Add the butter to a large bowl and cream for one minute.
  2. Add the sugar and cream again for one more minute.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix together.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix together.
  5. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into the bowl and mix.
  6. Add the milk, mix together, and pour over the pineapple.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool and invert onto a cake plate.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 5gSugar: 45gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

We love a pineapple upside down cake, this looks so delicious! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for posting with Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Thanks Miz Helen! Hope you're having a great week, too!

Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

I love pineapple upside down cake! Looks so pretty and delicious! PINNED!

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Thanks, Kelly!

Julie Pollitt

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Hi Barbara!

I think a 20 oz. can of sliced pineapple would be plenty. (I'll add that to my recipe - thank you for asking:)

I used one layer of pineapple on my cake. Sometimes people overlap them a little, but you can just lay them next to each other. It also depends on the size of pan that you're using.

If you use an 8" x 8" baking dish, you will only need about five or six slices, but if you use a larger dish like a 9" x 13", you might use about 10 slices. So, a 20 oz. can will be plenty.

Hope that helps! Have a good day!

Barbara

Friday 3rd of August 2018

If I was using canned pineapple, how much would I use? You said you normally use more than shown, so more than one layer of pineapple?