Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I made a pineapple upside down cake using a recipe from Vegweb.  It was super quick, it literally took under 10 minutes from starting it to putting it in the oven, but I had some issues with the baking.  I took it out of the oven after 25 minutes when it looked perfectly golden brown, but when I inverted it on a plate it was completely uncooked inside so it went back in the oven for probably about another 20 or so minutes.  When I then read through the comments on the recipe it seems like a few other people had the same issue, not sure why?


  •     1 1/2 cups plain flour
  •     1 cup sugar (I would only use half a cup next time because it is a very sweet cake)
  •     1 teaspoon baking soda
  •     1/2 teaspoon salt
  •     1 cup pineapple juice/water (see below)
  •     1/3 cup oil (I used canola oil)
  •     1 tablespoon white vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  •     1 can pineapple slices in unsweetened pineapple juice
  •     1/4 cup UNPACKED brown sugar (I would leave this out next time as it didn't caramelise like I   thought it would so seemed a bit unneccesary)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Pour juice off can of pineapple into 1 cup measuring cup--it should be about 3/4 cup juice.   Add water to make 1 cup.  In a separate bowl, combine oil, vinegar and juice.
  • Place pineapple slices into the bottom of a 12 inch spring form pan.   Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Quickly mix wet ingredients into dry, stirring quickly to combine ingredients well and get out the big lumps.  Pour into pan on top of the pineapple/brown sugar mix.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Let cool and loosen sides of cake from pan.  Remove side ring and place serving plate on top.   Flip cake over onto serving plate and remove pan bottom.


  1. I've never baked an upside down pineapple cake but love the idea of them.

    I'm so impressed that you are baking cakes and blogging while waiting for the birth :-)

  2. Yum yum! I used to make this a lot when I was a kid! I think I will make this this weekend (cept I put banana in it)

  3. I love this cake! I really like adding some sort of berries too. Raspberries are great and make it so pretty! Its a perfect cake for summer.

  4. Jessica - Berries would be great in this!
    Kristy - Apparently pineapple is good for bringing on labour so it is a good excuse to eat pineapple in the form of cake!

  5. Looks deliicous! I love pineapple in baked goods. And I think the baking time sounds wrong, 20-25 minutes is the usual for cupcakes and they are much smaller than a regular sized cake.