Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: oh so pretty and tasty!!

SWEETTABLESCAPES was recently asked to bake an Upside Down Pineapple cake for a special birthday. The guest of honor wanted his favorite childhood cake to celebrate with!

We are glad to report that it “tasted like his grandmother’s” ! Mission accomplished.

If you want a beautiful looking cake, this certainly works, with the added benefit of a fairly easy preparation. It was not my grandmother’s recipe but still came from a reliable source (Martha Stewart) and we truly recommend this cake for all pineapple lovers out there.


You’ll need:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Grated rind from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 fresh, ripe pineapple, sliced, or one 20-ounce can pineapple slices
  • 15 pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. IMG_8479           Add the oil and milk to the bowl and beat for 1 minute. IMG_8480IMG_8481Add the vanilla, egg, lime rind, and lime juice, blending just until well combined.IMG_8482IMG_8483
  2. In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. IMG_8484Remove from the heat and sprinkle the brown sugar around the skillet. Arrange the pineapple slices and pecans on top. IMG_8485IMG_8486IMG_8487Pour the batter evenly over the top and bake for 45 minutes.IMG_8488
  3. Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. IMG_8495Turn the cake out onto a circular platter.IMG_8496

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