Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe
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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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A classic recipe like this never goes out of style! It’s delicious with the traditional pineapple, but try it with peaches or a combination of cranberries and orange. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 maraschino cherries

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 361 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In an ungreased 9-in.-square baking pan, combine butter and brown sugar. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Arrange 9 pineapple slices in a single layer over sugar (refrigerate any remaining slices for another use). Sprinkle pecans over pineapple; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Blend in vanilla and reserved pineapple juice. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to batter, beating well.
  3. In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spoon into pan.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. Yield: 9 servings.
Peach Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Drain 1 can (15 ounces) sliced peaches, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Arrange peaches over brown sugar. Substitute reserved peach juice for the pineapple juice. Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Sprinkle 1 cup halved fresh or frozen cranberries and 1 chopped peeled orange over brown sugar. Substitute 1/3 cup orange juice for the pineapple juice.
Originally published as Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2010, p503

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 361 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

I found this recipe in my new edition of Taste of Home Baking recipe book! I noticed that there was a variation for Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake & citrus fruit was the Ingredient challenge for this week for Cook's Corner Forum! I prepared this cake, substituting 1 cup frozen WHOLE cranberries and 3/4 cup ground Navel orange & 1/3 cup orange juice for the pineapple juice! I omitted the pineapple, pecans and cherries! I used the 1/3 cup melted butter, the 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, the 3 eggs, separated, the sugar & substituted 1 tsp. orange extract for the vanilla extract! Of course, I kept the flour, salt and baking powder the same! I used my egg beater to beat the egg whites in a bowl, then folded the egg whites into batter! I used this upside-down cake pan I'd purchased a while back from the Country Store! I spread the ground orange and whole cranberries over the butter/brown sugar mixture in the pan. I had to bake the cake 45 minutes at 375o F. I'd tested it at 35 minutes and it wasn't done-cake tester came out gooey! I ran a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen cake-I inverted the cake onto a waxed-paper covered clean baking sheet. Then I transferred the cake to a plate. This cake came out looking beautiful! I was glad for this variation of Cranberry-Orange Upside-Down Cake! Bernardine Melton, thank you for sharing this recipe for the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! I gave the cake to my Mom to freeze for when we have company or if friends drop in! delowenstein

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

I didn't have pecans or cherries. Only had pineapple chunks so used that instead of slices. A bit too sweet but I don't mind that. On the other hand, the beating of the egg whites made the cake portion incredible - almost like an angel food cake. Loved this!! light and fluffy. Next time I will just reduce the brown sugar to 1/2 cup.

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