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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 9

The secret to this cake’s beautiful top is the “flip” that happens when you remove it from the oven and turn it over on a heatproof serving plate. It’s an easy technique that just requires a bit of confidence. The result is a picture-perfect upside-down pineapple cake from scratch. MORE+ LESS-

October 1, 2018

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter or margarine
2/3
cup packed brown sugar
9
slices pineapple in juice (from 20-oz can), drained
9
maraschino cherries without stems, if desired
1 1/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup granulated sugar
1/3
cup shortening
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup milk
1
egg

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  • 3
    Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.

Expert Tips

  • Considered a classic American cake, pineapple-upside down cake first appeared when canned pineapple become available. But the method of creating a lusciously caramel-like topping for a cake, pastries (like caramel rolls), or bread has a long baking history.
  • Update this cake by using sliced fresh pineapple, peaches, apples or pear with fresh chopped herbs or dried spices added to the brown sugar and butter mixture.
  • eep the ratio of butter and brown sugar fairly low, enough to create the rich syrup in the pan, but not so much that the flavor of the fruit is lost.
  • Skip the brightly colored cherries and replace them with candied or crystallized ginger pieces or a cluster of blueberries or cranberries.
  • The cake needs to be turned out of the pan shortly after it’s removed from the oven or the fruit will stick. Be armed with hot pads and a cake plate or board. Allow the fruit to stop bubbling, then place the plate on top of the pan. Carefully lift up the pan, holding the plate firmly in place, and invert the pan. Let it stand for a few minutes before lifting the pan off.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
Calories from Fat
125
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
0%
Saturated Fat
6g
0%
Cholesterol
40mg
0%
Sodium
270mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
62g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • One of the earliest mentions of upside down pineapple cake is in a 1925 Gold Medal Flour ad, which featured a golden-brown cake with pineapple slices, cherries and a brown sugar glaze. The cake was a modern marvel, since it relied on the recently introduced innovations of canned pineapple rings and preserved maraschino cherries. While it’s been around for a long time, a good cake never goes out of style, so it’s no surprise that Betty’s classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe is still going strong after decades of popularity. And what’s not to like? Buttery cake gets baked on top of a layer of pineapple slices and cherries in a brown sugar-butter mixture, and when it gets flipped over after baking (it’s easier than you think!), the sweet syrup infuses the pineapple upside down cake with extra flavor. We love this cake so much that we’ve concocted a collection of pineapple upside-down cake recipes.

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