Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is THE best easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from scratch! Made with a soft, fluffy, and simple vanilla cake base that uses only the most basic ingredients and a pretty topping of caramelized pineapple and maraschino cherries, this classic recipe is slated to be a staple in your baking repertoire. It’s easy to prepare (even for beginners) and has received rave reviews!

What You Need:

Our ingredient list is simple. You need:

  • Pineapple rings. Fresh or canned will work.
  • Maraschino cherries. Some readers have commented that they don’t like cherries. I don’t either, but they work very well here with pineapple upside-down cake. However, you can leave them out if you prefer.
  • Butter. For both the pineapple/cherry base (top?) and the cake mix
  • Sugar, granulated and brown, again for both the topping and the cake.
  • Flour. This recipe uses all-purpose flour. Basic and easy!
  • Milk. I use whole milk. I found buttermilk doesn’t work too well with this recipe, even though I love using it in others it actually makes the cake too moist.
  • Eggs.
  • Baking powder. It may seem like a lot but you need all of it!
  • Salt. For flavor, of course.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This recipe is not only a classic, it's super EASY to make and can be prepped in 25 minutes! Caramelized pineapple and cherries over a soft vanilla cake layer, this cake has hundreds of rave reviews!

  • Pie plate
  • Mixing bowls


  • ¼ cup butter salted or unsalted melted (60g)
  • ½ cup brown sugar light or dark (I usually use light) tightly packed (100g)
  • 10 pineapple rings/slices patted dry
  • maraschino cherries

Vanilla Cake

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature (115g)
  • ¾ cup sugar (150g)
  • 2 eggs room temperature preferred
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (195g)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk room temperature preferred (120ml)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)

  2. Pour melted butter into 9.5-10" pie plate or deep cake pan, make sure it entirely covers the bottom of the pan and use a spoon or spatula to grease the sides of the pan.

  3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter mixture.  Arrange pineapple slices over the bottom of the pan, slice leftover slices in half and arrange up the sides of the pan, as seen in photo.

  4. Place cherries in center of pineapple rings and as desired in empty spaces.  Set aside.

  5. To prepare vanilla cake, beat butter and sugar in medium-sized bowl until creamy and well-combined.  

  6. Add eggs, beating one at a time until combined.  

  7. Stir in vanilla extract.

  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  

  9. Alternate adding flour and milk to the wet ingredients, starting and ending with flour and mixing until just combined after each addition (I prefer to do this part by hand with a spatula to be sure not to overmix).

  10. Pour batter evenly over prepared cake pan and pineapple/cherry layer.  

  11. Bake on 350F (175C) for 30 minutes.  At the 30 minute mark, loosely cover with foil and continue to bake (still on 350F/175C) for another 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with few crumbs (total cook time for cake will be 45 minutes).

  12. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes and then carefully invert cake onto serving platter (careful, it will still be very hot!).

  13. Allow to cool before cutting and enjoying, but don't wait too long as this cake tastes wonderful (best!) warm from the oven!


  1. Serving: 1slice | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is best served fresh and warm (isn’t everything, though).

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