Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is the BEST pineapple upside down cake recipe EVER! It has a caramel topping with pineapple rounds over a dense cake with almond flour. Make it for household gatherings and potlucks!
The single most asked cake at our household and good buddy gatherings is my father’s do-it-yourself pineapple upside down cake.


It is fingers down the finest pineapple upside down cake recipe I know! Dad will seem for virtually any excuse to make it, and we by no means get drained of it.

This pineapple upside down cake is dense, like a sour cream pound cake, with flooring almonds within the flour to offer it even extra substance and a moderate almond flavor.

The caramel pineapple topping is so good, you’ll desire to select every one crumb.
The Best Pan to Use

You’ll desire a high-sided 10-inch cake pan for this recipe, like this one.

If you don’t have a high-sided 10-inch cake pan, you may strive making this in a springform pan. If you do, line the internal with foil so the caramel doesn’t leak, and bake on a rimmed baking sheet simply in case it does.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
How To Make the Caramel Topping

There are simply a few methods to make the caramel topping for this cake. The least difficult manner is to simply melt brown sugar and butter together. This is the default technique for the recipe.

My father prefers utilizing white sugar (with a bit corn syrup) rather of brown sugar to make the caramel base. He caramelizes the white sugar and corn syrup first, earlier than including butter. (Instructions are within the Recipe Note beneath if you’d desire to strive his method). He prefers white sugar to brown sugar simply due to the fact brown sugar has flavors of molasses that he doesn’t desire within the cake. A small quantity of corn syrup allows maintain the sugar from crystallizing.

His method makes use of twice as a lot sugar, but creates a deeply flavorful, prosperous topping for the cake. Both toppings work, really sense unfastened to make use of both one!
How to Store Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This cake is delicious served the day it’s made, and is so prosperous and moist it's going to nonetheless style fantastic for a pair of days. Just conceal it with plastic wrap and shop it at room temperature or within the fridge.

The cake freezes well. To freeze, simply wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap after which with aluminum foil. Unwrap the cake earlier than defrosting it within the fridge or at room temp.

Interested in finding out extra about Pineapple Upside Down Cake? Check out the historical past of Pineapple Upside Down Cake from my good buddy Tori Avey.
Love Upside Down Cakes? Try These

    Plum Upside Down Cake
    Cranberry Upside Down Cake
    Apple Upside Down Cake

Updated July 10, 2019 : We spiffed up this placed up to make it sparkle! No modifications to the unique recipe, although the exchange caramel topping has been updated.
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

    Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 1 hour, 20 minutesYield: Makes 12 to 14 servings

If you do not have a high-sided 10-inch cake pan, you may strive making this in a springform pan. Line the internal with foil so the caramel does not leak, and bake on a rimmed baking sheet simply in case it does.

My dad's selection caramel topping: 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, 1/4 cup faded corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup butter. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium till all sugar is dissolved. Boil till syrup turns into warm amber in shade (5 to 10 minutes). Remove from heat. Add 1/4 cup butter, intently simply due to the fact it's going to foam up a bit. Swirl the pan so that the butter is all incorporated, stirring with a wood spoon if necessary. Pour out into cake pan. Continue with recipe as noted.

For the topping:

    1 cup (200g) of firmly packed darkish brown sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices (Dole model works best)

For the cake:

    1 1/2 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
    6 tablespoons (55 g) cake flour
    6 tablespoons flooring almonds (from about 2 oz or 56g of blanched almonds)
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 3/4 cups (350g) of sugar
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
    four big eggs
    3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup sour cream


    8 candied or maraschino cherries

Special equipment:

    10-inch non-stick cake pan

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1 Grease the pan with butter: Generously grease (with butter) a 10-inch diameter non-stick cake pan with at the least 2-inch excessive sides.

2 Make caramel topping: Heat brown sugar and butter in a medium sized saucepan on medium warmth till sugar dissolves and the combination is bubbly,  a pair of minutes. (After sugar melts, do not stir.)

3 Pour into pan, upper with pineapple slices: Pour the caramel combination into the pan. Arrange pineapple slices in one layer on upper of the caramel mixture.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Scratch - Pouring the caramel into the pan How to Make Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Adding the pineapple rings

4 Preheat oven to 325° F.

5 Make cake batter: Whisk the flours, flooring almonds, baking powder, and salt in a big blending bowl.

In a separate bowl, use an electrical mixer to beat the sugar and butter collectively till light. Add eggs one at a time, beating after every one addition. Beat within the vanilla.

Add dry meals alternately with sour cream in 2 additions each, beating effectively after every one addition.

6 Pour cake batter over caramel and pineapple in pan. Spread the cake batter over the pineapple and caramel so that it's soft on top.

Pour Cake batter over pineapple and caramel

7 Bake: Bake the cake at 325°F till a tester inserted into the heart comes out largely blank (internal temperature of about 205°F when you've got an immediate learn thermometer), about 1 hour.

8 Turn out cake: Cool cake in pan on a rack for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a platter, after the cake has cooled for 5 minutes, and whereas the cake is nonetheless warm.

If a few of the topping sticks to the cake pan (it usually does), simply scoop it out with a butter knife and patch the cake.

9 (Optional) Add cherries: If you desire so as to feature candied or maraschino cherries for decoration, simply placed one within the heart of every pineapple round.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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