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Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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"The classic pineapple upside down cake made with fresh pineapple. Serve with dollops of creme fraiche."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch round cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter. Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9-inch cake pan.
  3. Mix 5 tablespoons of the butter with the dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice. Place this mixture in the bottom of the cake pan. Arrange the pineapple rings on the brown sugar mixture in a decorative pattern (be creative). Set pan aside.
  4. Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
  5. Separate the eggs. Beat the whites until stiff but not dry.
  6. Beat two of the egg yolks until lemony yellow. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup 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.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger, about 30 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cover pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 13, 2007

this was a very good homemade cake recipe.... the only reason i'm giving it 4 stars is b/c the topping didn't turn out the way i was very oooey gooey and i thought it was supposed to be kinda crispy .... (i baked it exactly as the recipe said, i didn't lower the temp.) SO READ THIS IF YOU ARE MAKING THIS RECIPE.... WHEN YOUR CAKE IS DONE BAKING AND HAS COOLED........IF YOUR TOPPING IS KINDA RUNNY/GOOEY/NOT CRISPY ENUF FOR YOUR LIKING( you can only tell by flipping it out of the pan first) COVER A PAN IN FOIL AND PLACE CAKE ON PAN (topping up) and place cake in oven on BROIL for a few minutes (depending on how crispy you want it) the pineapple will get a little brown also, but it really helped the topping and still tasted delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2010

A total flop! My first time making such a cake but assumed it was ok based on the reviews. Where to start with what is wrong with this recipe? First off, I followed the recipe exactly but the batter was much too dry before folding in the egg whites. So I added a small amount of milk and that made it a little easier to ultimately pour. Then I baked for 30 minutes, which caused the top to look very brown. Thank goodness I put the pan on a cookie sheet, which during baking filled with tons of melted sugar oozing from the pan. When I attempted to flip it over after cooling the whole thing exploded and uncooked batter dripped everywhere. At this point I was about to give up but hated to waste an entire pineapple. So I scooped the contents back into the pan and baked it on 350F for another 50 minutes. Amazingly, there was still partially cooked batter clinging to the pineapple top. I removed most of this and then put the whole mess under the broiler for a minute or so, as per the recommendations of another reviewer. least had some flavor. I served it more like a pineapple brown betty, i.e. in chunks, with ice cream. Next time I am going back to Fannie Farmer!

Jan 08, 2009

This cake is absolutely perfect! My only complaint is my family started cutting away at my beautiful creation before I could take a picture to post. I followed the recipe as is. I did add a little, too. After I put the brown sugar mix in I sprinkled coconut on top and then layered the pineapple and added some maraschino cherries to the design. I made two cakes and after they cooled I stacked them. SIMPLY WONDERFUL - especially the cake's texture and the way the candied sauce just melts into the cake without making it soggy. Someone said they didn't know what stiff but not dry egg whites meant. When you hit that foamy looking stage turn your mixer up and keep going for another minute or so. The egg whites will leave ripples and look shiny.

Aug 31, 2004

I had never made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake before this one. I was a bit worried at first because there are so many steps, but it all turned out great! I thought the batter was too runny when it went into the oven, but the cake turned out great anyway and it kept for several days in the fridge. I had zero problems with this recipe. I never figured out what "Beat the whites until stiff bu not dry" meant. The egg whites never got stiff, they did get foamy (kinda like soap foam) but never stiff or dry. Oh well. I used canned Dole Pineapple slices, 1 can for the pineapple rings (I used 5 rings) and the 3/4 cup of juice. Other substitions: I used margrine instead of butter and I used cheap-o vanilla flavoring rather than vanilla extract. This recipe rocks, a perfect Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

Jan 23, 2007

This cake is very moist and has an excellent presentation. I just happened to have fresh pineapple in the house, but no actual juice, so I substituted orange juice, it was wonderful.

Dec 30, 2003

This is the BEST recipe I have ever made!

Jul 22, 2003

This is one of the best pineapple upside down cake recipes I've tried and works well with canned pineapple

Jul 13, 2005

I made this recipe exactly as it said and it was very good! No problems with too runny of a topping, as indicated by other reviewers. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is supposed to be more dense, as opposed to light and fluffy, and this recipe delivers. The cake remains moist despite the density, just make sure you don't overcook it.


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  • Calories
  • 290 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 282 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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