Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe: A Nostalgic Treat

Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Hello, baking enthusiasts! Today, we’re revisiting a beloved classic from the 1980s – the Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This retro dessert, brought to you by the One Pot Chef, combines the sweetness of caramelised pineapple with a moist, fluffy cake. It’s a delightful treat that evokes fond memories and creates new ones.


  • 400g Can of Pineapple Rings (7 rings)
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 75g of Butter (melted)
  • 150g of Butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups of Self Raising Flour
  • 3/4 Cup of Caster Sugar (Super Fine White Sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract


  1. Prepare the Cake Pan: Grease and line a 22 cm cake pan with non-stick baking paper on the base and sides.
  2. Create the Caramel Base: Sprinkle brown sugar over the base, drizzling 75 grams of melted Butter. This will form a beautiful caramel glaze.
  3. Arrange the Pineapple: Place seven drained pineapple rings in the pan, one in the centre and six around it. Add a glacé cherry in the centre of each ring.
  4. Make the Batter: In a mixing bowl, cream together 150 grams of softened Butter, 3/4 cup of caster sugar, and two teaspoons of vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Beat in two eggs, one at a time. Gradually mix two cups of self-raising flour and half a cup of milk.
  5. Assemble the Cake: Spoon the batter over the pineapple rings, smoothing the surface with a spatula.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Bake the cake for about 55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Family Gatherings: This cake is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for when the whole family gets together.
  • Summer Picnics: Its sweet, fruity flavour makes it a hit for outdoor feasts.
  • Afternoon Tea: Pair it with a cuppa for a delightful afternoon treat.
  • Celebratory Brunches: Add a bit of sweetness to your brunch spread.
  • Baking with Kids: A fun and easy recipe to get the little ones involved in the kitchen.

This pineapple upside-down cake is not just a dessert; it’s a trip down memory lane. Serve it warm for a cosy treat or enjoy it cold as a delightful snack. Either way, it’s a recipe that’s sure to impress.

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