How to make a classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

How to make a Pineapple upside-down cake
No-nonsense Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with lemon sauce

This is a very quick and easy to follow recipe for a very yummy and moist pineapple upside-down cake.

You can download and print our Pineapple Upside-Down cake recipe.

The first time I ever baked pineapple upside-down cake was during my cookery lesson back in High School when I was 12 or 13 years old. As a matter of fact, I still have the original H.E book from back then. For many years I was just using it to make my favourite banana cake. Never did it occur to me to turn more pages and try other top recipes from my school days!

This classic cake was recently dragged to the surface of my memory by a lovely Armenian lady. She asked me to bake it with her two little boys - apparently, it was a cake that her mum used to make back in Armenia. Well, I was very surprised to say the least that she knew about pineapple upside-down cake! I was under the impression that it was a typical English cake from the 80's that only us school kids were told to bake in cookery class many moons ago.

Seems like Pineapple Upside-Down Cake could well be a favourite cake in many a country!?

Please leave a comment and let me know where you know this tasty cake from! It would be very interesting to know.

Out of curiosity, I looked at a few other pineapple upside-down cake recipes online, but was put off by the 'complexity' - Many recipes talked about using buttermilk (hard for me to get as I live in Spain and I've never seen it here) and using other ingredients that left me thinking 'maybe I'll just stick to making a banana cake'.

However, I grabbed my childhood recipe book and jumped to the index. I was so happy to discover this long forgotten, simple and effective pineapple upside-down cake recipe. It's really no fuss and is quick to make. There is even a simple recipe on how to make an accompanying 'pineapple and lemon sauce' – YUM.

Be sure to give it a try - not only will you be the star of family gatherings, but you will also leave everybody with wonderful memories of a very yummy, retro-style 'Pineapple Upside-Down Cake'.

(I made a second pineapple cake a few weeks later for a friend's birthday - you can see the photo at the end of this blog post.

So, here's the recipe…

How to make an easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

This no-nonsense recipe serves about 5 people. (2 people if you are greedy like me! - My sister and I demolished the whole cake in a few minutes)