Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a classic and delicious dessert that features caramelized pineapple slices and maraschino cherries on the bottom of the cake, topped with a light and moist cake batter. When it’s done baking, the cake is inverted, revealing the beautiful caramelized fruit on top. It’s a favorite among many due to its delightful combination of sweet, tangy, and buttery flavors.
- The preparation time for this cake is around 20 minutes
- Baking time is approximately 30-35 minutes.
- So, in total, you can expect the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake to be ready in about 50-55 minutes.
Here’s a simple recipe for making a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple slices in juice, drained (reserve the juice)
- Maraschino cherries (as many as you prefer)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a 9-inch round cake pan or a cast-iron skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Once the butter has melted, remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the melted butter.
Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar in a single layer. You can place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice and add more cherries in between the slices if you like.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate large bowl, beat the granulated sugar and eggs together until the mixture becomes smooth and slightly frothy. Add the vanilla extract and mix it in.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Pour the cake batter over the arranged pineapple slices and spread it evenly with a spatula.
Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate while it’s still warm. Be cautious while flipping the cake to avoid any hot caramelized syrup.
Allow the cake to cool completely before serving. It can be served warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy your delicious homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! It’s a perfect treat for any occasion or as a sweet ending to a delightful meal.