Deliciously Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake made in under an hour. Moist Vanilla cake with juicy caramelised pineapples!
It’s weekend friends and that always means a good homemade dessert. Lately I have been getting interested in learning classic recipes and after perfecting my Vanilla Cupcakes & Chocolate Cupcakes, it was about time I learnt my all time favorite dessert – a very Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
When I started thinking about baking this beauty, I was not sure how the whole process will go but then I realised that in the initial phases of blogging, I had already tried my hands baking an Apple Upside Down Cake and that reminded me how good it was!
So I let go of my inhibitions and made my first ever pineapple upside down cake last night and it turned out good but my taste tester suggested that it needed little extra moistness. So I baked another one today and it turned out DIVINE. I immediately made myself a big cup of coffee and enjoyed a giant slice of this cake! So darn tasty!
What do you like doing on weekends?! Lately I have been baking on weekends and as a bonus I get to eat dessert all throughout the week!
To make things super simple, I clicked step by step pictures so you know you have no excuse to not make this because SERIOUSLY just look at this!! You need this!
Here is a picture of almost all the ingredients used in making this cake!
I used a 9″ diameter by 3″ deep pan. First I add melted butter & sugar mix in the bottom of the pan and spread it evenly.
Then layer pineapple slices & cherries on top of sugar-butter mix. Keep this aside.
Beat melted butter, oil and sugar until mixed. The mixture will be coarse and grainy.
Add egg, yogurt, milk, reduced pineapple juice and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
It will look like this.
Now add the dry ingredients. Beat until you have a smooth thick batter.
Gently pour this batter over the already arranged fruit pieces in baking pan.
Level it out and it is ready to be baked!
Bake for 20 minutes uncovered at 350F and then cover with an aluminium foil for the rest of the 24-26 minutes.
Once done, let it cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes before pulling it out.
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- Bottom layer :
- 5 Tbsp melted butter + extra for buttering sides of the pan
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 6-7 pineapple slices ( I used canned but you can use fresh also)
- Few Maraschino cherries (optional)
- Cake Batter :
- (1 + ⅔) cups All Purpose Flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 whole egg
- 6 Tbsp yogurt (I used low fat but you can even use full fat)
- 6 tbsp milk (I used 2% but you can even use 1% or full fat)
- 4 tbsp reduced pineapple syrup (The syrup you get from the can in which you have pineapple slices, transfer it to a pot and reduce it to half)**
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Bottom Layer:
- In a pot, melt butter & brown sugar for bottom layer. Add it in the pan and make sure to spread it evenly. Now use some more melted butter and butter the sides of the pan.
- Now layer pineapple slices and cherries. Keep it aside.
- Cake Batter:
- In a deep bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix sugar, melted butter and oil. To it add egg, yogurt, vanilla, milk and reduced pineapple juice.**
- Mix until smooth.
- Now add salt, flour, baking soda & baking powder and mix until smooth.
- Pour this batter over the fruit layer in baking pan and bake at 350F for 20 mins. At 20 minutes, cover the pan with aluminium foil and bake for another 24-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean!
- Let it cool for 10-20 minutes in the baking pan on your counter. Run a knife around the cake edges so it comes out smoothly. Place a plate over it and flip it at once to transfer it to a plate.
- My first time I had it all come out with every single pineapple piece intact but second time the center pineapple piece got stuck to the pan after I pulled out the cake. So don't fret, just take it out and place it over the cake! No one will ever know!
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Chitra saysApril 10, 2016 at 5:18 AM
Hi….I don’t like eggs so any way I can replace the egg with anything else in this recipe? Cake looks yummy and I want to make it but don’t want to use the egg…:(
naivecookcooks saysApril 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM
Hey Chitra! So I have not tried making this cake without egg personally but I think replacing egg with flax egg ( For that mix 3 tbsp water + 1 tbsp flax seed powder and let it sit for 15 minutes until thick) should work. It might still come out little bit denser compared to the one made with egg but should still taste great! Let me know if you try this recipe 🙂
Muna Kenny saysApril 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM
This is not a simple cake, this is a gorgeous cake 🙂 . I have been eating and baking this cake since as long as I can remember, one the most beautiful cakes which need no frosting. Your cake came out just perfect!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel saysApril 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM
Pineapple upside down cake is such a great classic!! I love how moist it always is. Yours looks so yummy!
Amishi saysApril 11, 2016 at 12:18 PM
Hi pls let me know eggless version of this wanted to make this for long time but eg replacer if any can u suggest?
naivecookcooks saysApril 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM
Hey try using flax egg in place of egg. Mix 3 tbsp water + 1 tbsp flaxseed powder. Let it sit for few minutes until thick. Use this in place of egg. I have not tried making this without egg but this should work. Let me know if you try making it 🙂
Kanika saysApril 21, 2016 at 3:06 AM
Tried your pineapple upside down cake …. Came out yum !! U forgot to mention the degrees the cake is supposed to be baked at… Did at 180c
naivecookcooks saysApril 21, 2016 at 3:19 AM
So glad to hear that you enjoyed the cake!! Oops I realised that I had given the cake bake temperature in the step by step content along with pictures but totally forgot to write in the recipe card !! Thanks for letting me know..fixed now 🙂
Uthara saysSeptember 27, 2017 at 2:58 AM
If I am using fresh pineapple how I can make d pineapple syrup