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Upside Down Pineapple Cake

This is an old-fashioned dessert that you can envision your grandma eating when she was a teen. Close your eyes and visualize that moment in black and white with classical music playing in the background. Once you take a bite, it will tickle your tastebuds with its sweet and tangy flavors. It is a true classic!

Prep Time - 20 Minutes

Cook Time - 48 Minutes

Serves 9


For Cake

  • 1 ⅓ cups cake flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon fine salt

  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Topping

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 9 slices of canned pineapple slices, drained

  • 9 maraschino cherries, drained


Omnipan – Large

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F or 177 °C.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Start adding the above dry ingredients in 2 to 3 batches, folding carefully with a spatula to make the batter. The batter should be smooth and without lumps. Do not overmix the batter.
  4. To make the topping, put the butter into the large Omnipan and place it in the preheated oven for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the butter melts. Sprinkle the brown sugar all over the melted butter. Arrange the pineapple slices over the brown sugar. Place one cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.

  5. Pour the cake batter over the pineapple slices. Place the Omnipan without the lid in the preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top has lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the cake center comes out clean.

  6. Invert the cake onto a plate while it is still hot. Leave the Omnipan over the cake for a few minutes, so the sugary syrup continues to drizzle over it.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the warm cake by itself or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

  • The cake should be inverted onto a plate while it is still hot. If the cake cools off in the pan, the butter and sugar harden, and the pineapple can stick to the bottom.

  • Replace the cherries with dried cranberries. You can also sprinkle coconut flakes over the brown sugar before arranging the pineapple slices.

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