Pineapple upside down cake recipe

(39 ratings)

Easy and delicious, this pineapple upside down cake will go down a treat.

pineapple upside down cake
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time50 mins plus cooling
Total Time1 hours 10 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories700 Kcal35%
Fat37 g53%
Saturated Fat22 g110%
Carbohydrates71 g27%

Easy and delicious, this pineapple upside down cake will go down a treat.

Pineapple upside down cake is a real classic. Do not be fooled by it’s retro appearance, it’s tasty and makes a great dessert or sweet treat. We have used tinned pineapple because it’s easy and convenient but you can use fresh pineapple if you prefer. Also, why not try other fruit in this pineapple upside down cake? Those that hold their shape when cooked work best.

Some vitamin C is lost during the canning process but tinned fruit is a wonderful source of nutrients all year round. Buy fruit with no added salt or sugar for maximum health benefits and those in fruit juice rather than sugar syrup are healthier.


  • 45g light muscovado sugar
  • 45g butter, softened
  • 435g can of pineapple slices or rings in juice
  • 7-9 glacé cherries
  • For the sponge:
  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 4tbsp milk, plus extra

You will need:

  • 20cm springform cake tin




  1. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Beat the muscovado sugar and butter together until well combined. Spread the mixture over the base of the cake tin. Arrange the pineapple slices over the butter mix in a single layer (you’ll need 7-9 slices) and pop a glacé cherry into the centre of each slice.
  2. For the sponge, cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. To ensure the mixture doesn’t curdle, mix in 1tbsp of the flour every nowand then. Fold through the remaining flour, and the ground almonds and milk.If it seems a little thick, add 1tbsp milk or water. Spoon the mix onto the pineapples.
  3. Bake for 40-50 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins, then turn out.
Top Tip for making Pineapple upside down cake

You can use fresh pineapple instead but we've used tinned to make this dish even more convenient

Samuel Goldsmith
Freelance food writer

Former Assistant Headteacher, Samuel has a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham and is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. His work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel has also consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less.