The Cake That Needs No Decorating

Sweet, tart, buttery and moist. That's what you'll get when you bake this cake that needs no decorating. This classic pineapple upside down cake follows the traditional recipe, except that it is baked in a cake pan and not a heavy cast-iron pan. 

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Tools Needed

9" round cake pan (Fat Daddio's PRD-92)
Mixing bowl
Measuring spoons/cups
Whisk (Fat Daddio's Whisk)


1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
sliced pineapple (6 canned slices or use fresh)
15-20 maraschino cherries
1 and 2/3 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature preferred
1/4 cup (60g) yogurt
1/2 cup (120ml) milk or buttermilk
1/4 (60ml) cup pineapple juice (reserved from the canned pineapple or use fresh)
1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare topping first. Place 1/4 cup of melted butter into a 9x2" round cake pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Top with pineapple slices and arrange cherries between the pineapple slices. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in the sugars vigorously getting out any brown sugar lumps - mixture will be gritty. Whisk in egg, yogurt, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick.
  3. Pour/spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil (loosely to avoid the top from sticking to the foil). Bake for 20-25 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Invert cake on top of a cake stand or a large serving plate. Slice and serve warm, room temperature, or even cold. 
    Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

    For more inspiration, visit our Upsidedown Cake board on Pinterest.