Pineapple Upside Down Down Down Cake!

Spring 2013 167

A Pineapple Upside Down cake is something I have never made…I can’t even remember if I’ve even had it before, but something was telling me to make this cake.  Hell, I had cherries already in the house!  So, I scoured the interwebs for one that looked divine and luckily, it was (judging by the fact that there was none left!!)  It was pretty simple too.  So, get DOWN w a yummy Pineapple Upside Down Down Down cake!

Here’s what you will need:

 For the Topping:

4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 medium pineapple (peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick) (I substituted one – 20 ounce can of pineapple slices (drained.) Once drained, pat the pineapple slices dry with paper towel and arrange on top of the sugar mixture. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.

Maraschino cherries or candied cherries (optional- I used them)


For the Cake Batter

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


Makes one – 9 inch cake. Serves 6 to 8.


Here’s what you will do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan with three inch (7.5 cm) sides.


For the Topping

  1. Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Continue cooking, without stirring, for a few more minutes or until bubbles just start to appear around the outside edges of the mixture (the sugar starts to caramelize). Then remove from heat, and pour into your prepared cake pan. Evenly arrange the fresh pineapple slices on top of the sugar mixture. (Can also garnish with cherries.)

Cake Batter

  1. In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl (or the bowl of your electric mixer,) with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the flour mixture (in three additions), alternately with the milk (in two additions), ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar just until the whites hold a firm peak. With a large spatula gently fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter in two additions.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pan, smoothing the top.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 45 -55 minutes, or until the top of the cake has browned and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan (a toothpick inserted into the cake (not the pineapple) will come out clean).
  8. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and then invert the cake onto your serving plate.
  9. Serve with softly whipped cream<–optional.  We ate it plain and it was delectable!

Scrumptious. Outstanding. Delicious.  These were just a few of the comments made between mouthfuls.  Enjoy!