Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

 Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6

This easy pineapple upside down cake looks impressive, but no one has to know it all comes together in a snap. Plus, it uses canned pineapple, so you can enjoy summertime tropical flavors any time of year.

Brown sugar, butter and a dash of pineapple juice are pressed into the bottom of a cake pan. Ultimately, when the pan is inverted this will create the decadent ooey gooey topping.

It is always such a moment of triumph when the cake comes out of the oven and you turn it over onto a serving plate to reveal the beautiful pineapple pattern on top. Serve wedges of this easy pineapple upside down cake with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. It is a real treat and always a huge hit! 

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple rings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Ice cream or whipped cream, to serve

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Strain an 8-ounce can of pineapple rings in a colander and reserve the liquid from the can. This flavorful juice will be used several times through the recipe to infuse pineapple flavor into every bite.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  3. Pour melted butter into the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan and distribute evenly. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of the reserved pineapple juice. Sprinkle into the bottom of the cake pan and distribute evenly. 

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  4. Arrange the pineapple rings in the pan on top of the brown sugar.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  5. Fill the centers of each pineapple ring with maraschino cherries. Set aside while you make the batter.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  6. Beat shortening, granulated sugar, and egg together until well-blended.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  7. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  8. Measure the remaining pineapple juice and add water as necessary to make 2/3 cup. 

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  9. Add half of the flour mixture to the shortening mixture and beat to combine.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  10. Add pineapple juice with vanilla and remaining dry mixture, beat to combine. 

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  11. Pour over pineapple rings and place in oven. Bake until batter is done in the middle, about 45 minutes. 

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  12. Cool 5 minutes before running a knife around the edge to loosen cake from pan. 

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  13. Invert cake onto serving plate.

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
     Kristina Vanni
  14. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.