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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down CakeCharles Masters
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Serves 10| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 1hr 10m


  • 12  tablespoons  (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 1 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2  medium pineapple
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • 1  teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup  whole milk


  1. Heat oven to 350° F with a rack in the lowest position. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar and 4 tablespoons of the butter. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the mixture is slightly darkened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut off the pineapple peel, cut the fruit into wedges, and cut out the core; thinly slice crosswise. Starting in the center of the pan, arrange the slices in concentric circles, with the rounded part of each piece toward the outside of the pan (you may not need all of the pineapple).
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter with the granulated sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  5. Carefully spread the batter over the pineapple and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then invert cake onto a serving platter. Rearrange any pieces of pineapple that have stuck to the pan. Serve warm.
By Kristin Evans Dittami , September, 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 343
  • Fat 15g
  • Sat Fat 9g
  • Cholesterol 80mg
  • Sodium 177mg
  • Protein 4g
  • Carbohydrate 49g
  • Sugar 34g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Iron 1mg
  • Calcium 49mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

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The cake can be made, cooled, and unmolded up to 1 day in advance. Keep covered at room temperature.

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