Lauren Jagnow

4 Sweet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipes: No Downside Here!

pineapple upside-down cake recipesSince Colonial times, pineapples have represented warmth and hospitality. What better way, then, to welcome guests to your home than with a pineapple upside-down cake?


Dense, moist and delicious, this cake is a tasty dessert for any meal. Because it travels well, pineapple upside-down cake is also a great choice for a potluck or big family get-together.


Fresh pineapples are easy to find year-round, but these cakes taste equally yummy with canned pineapple. The fruit’s sweetness is heightened by the spiciness of cinnamon, and a dense, buttery yellow cake. A caramelized brown-sugar glaze completes the treat. Together, these flavors make pineapple upside-down cake one of our favorite cakes.


Or make that, our four favorite cakes — just because the basic architecture stays the same (pineapples tipped up top), doesn’t mean there’s not room for some delicious variation. Just one warning: welcome your guests with one of these cakes, and they might just never leave.




Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

pineapple upside-down cake recipes

This is the classic: sweet pineapple, cherries and a moist yellow cake. This recipe calls for prepared cake mix, so you can prep this dessert in only 15 minutes!




Pineapple-Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

pineapple upside-down cake recipes

Instead of the usual cherries, this recipe calls for tart cranberries, which makes this cake a creative alternative to, say, Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.




Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes with Gingered Whipped Cream

pineapple upside-down cake recipes

Guests will love these individual cakes, each the size of a pineapple ring. A slightly spicy gingered whipped cream is a delicious flavor contrast to the sweetness of the cake.




Carrot-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

pineapple upside-down cake recipes

Not only does shredded carrot add a boost of nutrition to this cake, it’s also imparts an added dimension of sweetness (and it makes for an extra moist cake to boot!)




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