The classic version of this 1970s cake is usually sticky, sweet, and dotted with bright red maraschino cherries. We’ve given it a proper update with our Pineapple Upside-Down Cake version. Naturally sweet fresh pineapple and whole wheat pastry flour give our cake a nutritional plus, while the foolproof cake batter is so simple and quick to make that you can throw it together in minutes, even if you’re low on energy. All the ingredients are beaten together in one bowl and in one go. Couldn’t be easier.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the pineapple crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces.
- Grease an 8-inch skillet or cake pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with the extra tablespoon of sugar. Arrange the pineapple slices neatly in the pan. Set aside while you make the batter.
- Put the softened butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder over it. Beat all together with an electric whisk until well blended. If the mixture is stiff, add milk to bring it to dropping consistency (where a small amount of the batter will fall off a spoon if gently shaken).
- Spoon the batter gently over the pineapple with a spatula. Bake on a middle shelf for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the cake sit for 5 minutes. Run a knife round the edges to loosen it, then set a plate over the top and turn the whole thing upside down. Tap all over the bottom of the baking pan and lift it off the cake. You will have a cake with sticky, caramelized pineapple topping. Eat warm.
- ½ medium ripe pineapple, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cored
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter at room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon
- ⅓ cup fine brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk, as needed
Ann's Tips and Tricks
A cast iron skillet is the best for making upside down cakes. They heat evenly.
If your pineapple isn’t quite ripe, leave it in a warm place like the top of your stove for a day so that the sugars start to come up.
As always, eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of sweetness can make you feel good, but don’t overdo it! High calorie desserts are best as an occasional treat, never a habit.