Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing


9 servings

Updated: Nov. 27, 2023
This pineapple upside-down cake is a classic recipe that 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


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


  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 a serving plate. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. If desired, serve with whipped topping.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Tips

How do you flip a pineapple upside-down cake? 

Once the pineapple upside-down cake tests done, let it stand for 10 minutes. After that, place a serving plate upside down over the cake. Wear oven mitts if you’re able, but if you can’t wear mitts, protect yourself with hot pads or kitchen towels. Once you're ready, the most important thing to do when flipping the cake is to keep the serving plate firmly aligned over it. Flip the cake quickly and carefully, in one smooth and easy movement, being sure to protect your body. Place the flipped cake (with the plate side down) on the counter. Then gently wiggle and lift the baking pan away. Now that you know how to flip a cake, you’re ready to create an upside-down cake using any fruit.

Can you wait to flip an upside-down cake?

You need to flip the cake within the proper time frame in order for the topping to seep down into the rest of the cake. However, if you wait too long, just pop your cake back in the oven for a moment to help it warm up for a neat release.

Do you have to refrigerate pineapple upside down cake?

Sweet upside-down cakes are best served on the day they’re made, fresh from the oven. Any leftovers should be tightly covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Warm up a piece in the microwave to reignite its caramel magic!

Can you freeze pineapple upside down cake?

You can freeze leftover cake in a pinch, but it’s never as good as a freshly baked upside-down cake. If you don't want any leftovers, consider making one of our best desserts for two instead.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 361 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.