Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This cake is so old school. When was the last time you had pineapple upside down cake? Can you even remember when? Were there maraschino cherries involved? In so many ways it’s trashy the way jello salad is trashy, or those orange jello creations with marshmallows in them that you also never see anymore (They used to sell those at Kroger premade. I don’t think I’ve seen one for years, although to be fair I haven’t really looked). Anyway the inspiration for this cake for me today comes courtesy of Thomas Keller and his food porn picture in one of his cookbooks. It made me think, oh yeah, pineapple cake, I miss that. So I decided to try his recipe and of course my tweaks are included below. My first tweak was to make a smaller recipe and use an 8 inch cake pan. There is only so much cake I need and besides, I don’t own a larger pan (let alone one made out of silicone). Because I made that tweak I greased the bottom of the pan with butter and cut a parchment paper circle to fit it. That way I could be sure that my cake would release (which it did, beautifully.) I also tweaked amounts, added salt and a bit more cooking liquid. I think you’ll be as pleased as I am with the results (not that I’m knocking Thomas Keller. Who am I to knock someone who prays over his garlic?) Here’s to retro. Be sure to play some really cool 70s music while you eat this cake, perhaps after a hearty round of Pac man or two. На русском тут


Serves 8


Kid Friendly Tasks -Pineapple placers


Сake Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 c Cake Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • ¾ c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large Eggs
  • ¼ c milk or buttermilk


  • 4 tbsp salted Butter

  • 1.5 tbsp honey

  • 1/2 c light brown sugar

  • ½ tsp vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth and spread on the bottom of a 9 in cake pan.
  3. Slice the real pineapple if using into rings, cutting away the peal beforehand and coring each ring. Make concentric rings of pineapple on top of your schmear until you run out of pan space (you’ll probably have extra pineapple.).
  4. Beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Mix in vanilla. Add eggs and beat in buttermilk. Add baking powder, salt and flour slowly until you’ve used all of it.
  5. Pour the cake mix into your pan over the pineapple.
  6. Bake 40 mins or until tester comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for about 20 mins and then flip onto a serving platter.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


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