This Ultimate Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake has caramelized fresh pineapple basking in a rich butter brown sugar gooiness atop a fluffy vanilla cake. So much caramelized yumminess, it's insane.
Developed centuries ago, this classic cake has stood the test of time.
These cakes used to be cooked in cast iron skillets over an open fire.
Then, fruit and sugar was added to the bottom of the skillet and cake batter was poured over the mixture.
Once cooked, flipping it over onto a plate not only released the cake from the skillet, but showed how pretty the caramelized fruit was on top. Ta-dahhhh!
This delicious dessert consists of a fluffy white vanilla cake made with fresh pineapple, brown sugar and butter for the caramelization.
But of course, if you don't have fresh pineapple, you can absolutely use canned pineapple. I had a fresh pineapple on hand I bought at the grocery (ALDI) and have wanted to make this vintage recipe to put on the blog, so here we are.
Finally getting to it. There's like a million desserts I want to make, but this is one I definitely wanted to share with you.
This awesome cake deserves to be put on a pedestal. 😉
Use any 8 Inch baking pan that isn't a springform pan.
Lesson learned when you make these types of upside down cakes because once things start heating up, that glorious butter brown sugar glaze is going to drip and spill in your stove and make a huge mess in your oven. Then you'll probably be mad at me. So I'm letting you know. 🙂
Bake it in a regular 8" buttered cake pan to get ultimate results.
I love bringing back classics and these cakes are not as hard to make as you would think.
You basically cook the fruit with the butter and brown sugar until tender and then place it in the bottom of your pan. Make and dollop the cake batter on top and then smooth out. Bake away!
Leave to stand for 5 minutes then turn out onto your platter.
Serve warm or room temp. We love fresh whipped cream with cherries with ours, but you could add a yummy scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel topping, whipped cream and a cherry to delight in the Absolute Ultimate Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake treat.
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Ultimate Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Bottom of Cake:
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ stick unsalted butter softened
- 1 large pineapple—peeled quartered, cored and sliced ⅓ inch thick
- 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter very softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Pan Preparation:
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Butter an deep dish 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle the bottom with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.
- In a large skillet, combine ¾ cup of brown sugar with ½ stick of butter and cook over moderately low heat until the butter is melted. Add the pineapple and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes or pineapple is tender. Using a slotted spoon, arrange the slices in the cake pan, overlapping them if necessary, then pour the pan juices over the pineapple, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, vanilla, set aside. Using mixer, mix together the softened butter and sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed and then add in the yogurt/egg mixture and mix together.Add flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix just until combined and no lumps appear.
- Spoon the batter over the pineapple and spread it evenly.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, until the cake is deep golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on a rack. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, invert it onto a plate and remove the pan.
- Replace any pineapple that may have stuck to the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.