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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This homemade pineapple upside down cake is made from scratch, comes out light and moist, and is perfect for any spring or summer special occasions.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 328 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 9 pineapple slices
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 maraschino cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, spreading it into an even layer. Arrange the 9 pineapple slices in a single layer over the sugar mixture.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks on medium speed until thick and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the sugar, beating well until completely incorporated. Add the pineapple juice and vanilla extract, and blend to combine.

  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined.

  6. In a clean medium bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites on medium-low speed until frothy, then gradually increase to medium-high speed and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until no white streaks remain.

  7. Spoon the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly over the pineapple slices. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28 to 32 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert the pan onto a serving dish. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.

Recipe Notes

  • Use a 20-ounce can of sliced pineapple for this recipe - you will have enough slices for the cake, and enough juice needed for the batter, as well.
Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.