Spiced Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe
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Spiced Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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Informs Jennifer Sergesketter of Newburgh, Indiana, "I often bake this beautiful cake in my large iron skillet and turn it out on a pizza pan."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple slices, drained
  • 10 to 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 509 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 467mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, melt 2/3 cup of butter; stir in brown sugar. Spread in the bottom of an ungreased heavy 12-in skillet or a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Arrange pineapple in a single layer over sugar mixture; place a cherry in the center of each slice. Sprinkle with pecans and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; add alternately to batter with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. Carefully pour over the pineapple. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes for skillet (50-60 minutes for baking pan) or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Spiced Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p67

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negro User ID: 2799987 242873
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Hubby loved it! I did 9x13 cooked in 50 minutes"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 10706
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"I recall preparing this recipe and it's excellent. I did make adjustments to the recipe by using 8 maraschino cherries, 1 tsp. each baking soda and salt. I used soured milk by adding 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar to the amount of milk stated in this recipe. I also used a 10" iron skillet OR in a pinch, a 13x9x2" baking pan. I'd used 1-1/3 cup butter or margarine, divided.

I omitted the pecans for allergy reasons: not everyone is a fan of pecans or else has an allergy to nuts. I'd creamed 2/3 cup of the butter for the batter and melted 2/3 cup butter for the pineapple topping. I recall baking 40 minutes in skillet OR 50 to 60 minutes in 13x9x2" baking pan. delowenstein"

Ruby79 User ID: 7224930 10327
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"For the most part, this was your average pineapple upside down cake except with spices and WAY too much butter! It was drowning in butter and although I have a sweet tooth, 2.5 cups of sugar and 1 1/3 cups of butter was a wee bit much. My dad said this was good, my mom tried it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness, my sis didn't say anything (even though SHE'S the one who picked this out) and I thought it was too soaked in butter to really enjoy it."

cLeighw User ID: 2420825 7001
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013


drywallgal User ID: 1203648 10597
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"YUM! We love this cake. I would never make an unspiced upside-down cake again. The second time I made this I used a couple of cans of pineapple tidbits which gives more coverage of pineapple and then randomly placed the cherries."

renaemac User ID: 6145893 10269
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"It is one of the best pineapple upside down cake that I have baked or eaten anywhere"

fredek User ID: 1808557 5704
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I have a chicken fry pan that the handle broke off of. I use it to make this wonderful cake in. No changes necessary...stick to the original recipe"

savoie.luvgspointers User ID: 6225701 9572
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I just made this recipe again with a twist... I used fresh granny smith apples instead of pineapple. I used 5 medium apples sliced thin and removed the core. I then steamed them for 8 - 10 minutes; or until crisp tender. Let cool in a strainer while I made the cake batter and glaze. Baked according to directions. As for Ms. wmssquad below...a well seasoned 12" cast iron skillet will do the trick."

savoie.luvgspointers User ID: 6225701 10595
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This cake is wonderfully addictive! Two Thumbs Up. :}"

wmssquad User ID: 2540812 20646
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I made the cake without any changes in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Next time I will grease the sides of the pan, as it stuck but good, and I have a less-than-perfect looking cake. However, it tastes delicious and since it isn't for guests, we are good to go."

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