Friday, October 27, 2023

Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe - Dessert Review

pineapple upside down cake
We recently celebrated my father's birthday.  When I was going through my recipes, trying to select a cake to bake for him, I remembered his love of pineapple.  I decided to return to an old favorite and made a homemade pineapple upside down cake. 

For this birthday celebration cake,  I made a vanilla cake batter from scratch with pineapple juice instead of milk/buttermilk.  

I used a 10" Cast Iron Skillet, which I cleaned before I started.  I didn't want the taste of bacon grease or other residue transferring to my cake.

As always, I also pre-measured each ingredient before I started.  It is amazing how much salt and sugar look alike when sitting on top of flour.  Or how much baking soda can look like baking powder once you start mixing ingredients together.

Here is my recipe and the directions to make my pineapple upside down cake exactly as you see it in the photo.

By the way, the cake was such a hit with the entire family, I will be making it again very soon.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe by Sylvestermouse

Prep Time Cook Time Cool Time Ready In Yields
20 min. 40-50 min. 60 min. 2 hrs. 8 - 10 servings

Before You Start - set out butter, eggs, sour cream, & milk to warm to room temperature (approx. 30 minutes)

Ingredients - Cake Batter 

      • 1½ cups Cake Flour (I use Swans Down Cake Flour

     • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda

     • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 

     • ½ teaspoon Salt

     • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, soften to room temperature

     • ¾ Cup of Sugar

     • 2 Egg Whites (large eggs)

     • ⅓ Cup of Sour Cream

     • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

     • 2 Tablespoons Milk (room temperature) 

     • ¼ - ½ cup Pineapple Juice (juice the pineapple slices were canned in - save any remaining pineapple juice)


1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside

2. In a separate bowl, beat the butter with a mixer on high until creamy.  Slowly add the sugar, beating on high until creamy again.  Beat in egg whites.  Then, beat in sour cream and vanilla extract.

3. Pour the dry ingredients (bowl 1) into the wet ingredients (bowl 2) and blend together on low speed.  Continue using the mixer on low and slowly add the pineapple juice and milk.  Mix on low until well blended. 


Ingredients - Top of Cake

      • Canned Pineapple Slices - 7 slices (2 - 8oz cans) for 10" cast iron skillet 

     • Maraschino Cherries - I use 19 cherries

     • 1½ Sticks (12 Tablespoons) of Butter

     • Brown Sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. (Convection Oven 325°F) 

2. Mix the Cake Batter (recipe above)

3. Melt 1½ Sticks (12 Tablespoons) Butter in the Skillet in the Oven

4. Generously Sprinkle Melted Butter with Brown Sugar

5. Place Drained Pineapple Slices on the Top of Brown Sugar 

6. Add Maraschino Cherries in the center of each Pineapple Slice and between the slices (if desired)

7. Carefully Pour the Cake Batter into the Skillet on Top of the Pineapple & Cherries

8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes (toothpick to center will come out clean when done)

9.  Cool for 15 minutes, then turn out cake unto a large plate

I did take the remaining pineapple juice and spooned it onto the bottom and the top of the cake for a little extra pineapple taste.  It was delicious!

See the Items I Use For Pre-measuring in the Following Reviews:

 Cooking & Baking Prep Tools: Shot Glasses Used As Pinch Bowls Set of Stainless Steel Stackable Magnetic Measuring Spoons Reviewed Mini Increment Measuring Spoons for Tad, Dash, Pinch, Smidgen & Drop


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  1. Your homemade pineapple upside down cake looks beautiful and the recipe sounds absolutely delicious. I haven't had one of these in many years. It would be fun (and tasty) to give your recipe a try. Happy 'belated' birthday to your dad.

    1. Thank you Elf! It has been a few years since I made one too and I really don't know why. It is so much easier to make that a lot of other cakes. If you decide to make one, be sure and stop back by and let me know. Oh, and share a picture!

  2. This sounds delicious

    1. Thank you Mary Beth! It was, indeed, quite delicious

  3. Ms. Mouse, I have always loved pineapple upside down cake and your recipe sounds delicious! The cast iron skillet definitely helps caramelize the brown sugar and butter for the upside-down topping. I’m not surprised that this cake was such a hit with your family!

    1. I happen to love pineapple Margaret. I don't know why I don't make the pineapple upside down cake more often. It is quite a tasty treat and easy to make.

  4. I do love a homemade pineapple upside down cake! My Mum used to make them, so fond memories for me. Your recipe sounds delicious and the photo of your dessert gorgeous. It would look lovely on a table and perfect for a celebration. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Thank you for the compliments Raintree Annie! I am glad the cake and recipe brought back fond memories for you. Some of the "old" recipes really are the best! I would love to know if your mum had a different recipe, what might be different between her recipe and mine. I always love trying and learning something new.

  5. I jsut love pinapple upside down cake, and your cake looks amazing. Making it all from scratch is always the best and I think most satisfying. I love the fact that you made it in cast iron, as you know I love cooking with my cast iron skillets.

    1. I do know how much your love your cast iron skillet Sam! I bet you make a fabulous pineapple upside down cake too.

  6. Looks so good - I've never made one - my mother has - thank you for the recipe, should I tackle this, I'll give your recipe a try!

    1. You absolutely should make a pineapple upside down cake, Barbara! I'm sure you will love it.

  7. Can I say YUMMMMM! One of my favorite cakes I will add this recipe to the one I have already. This one sounds delightful and I'm sure it has flavor to spare. Thank you for this lovely recipe!


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