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Monday, May 30, 2011

Pineapple Upside Down Cake....almost Step-by-Step Recipe!!

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I had made this cake 2 weeks ago for my husband's birthday but I could not post it immediately.My husband does not prefer pastries or the chocolate based cakes though I prepare them often and I feel sad if he just eats a couple of pieces when I make them.So this time I thought I should make something exclusively something to suit his taste buds to make the birthday boy happy.
I have been thinking of making this pine apple upside down cake from such a long time and when I went for grocery shopping a week before his birthday I picked up a tinned pineapple to make this cake. I do not like pineapple and hence I never brought the fresh one but I like few preparations with it like pineapple kesari or as a pizza topping or in a curry or in a drink but I never liked to eat fresh pine apple.The real question for me was I was not sure whether he likes pine apple or not but still thought of proceeding with the cake as I thought it is just a topping and if he does not like it he can always remove it and eat the rest.
When I googled for the recipe I landed upon N number of recipes and this post of Mrignayani has bowled me completely and gave me the comfort to proceed with the recipe.I just loved the caramel oozing out from the cake in her picture and went ahead to check the original recipe in Joy of Baking site.I just followed the recipe blindly and I must say that this is a keeper recipe and is must try for all pineapple lovers.The more interesting part of the recipe is the caramel crust which is just 'to die for' and even the cake is so soft,light and fluffy,I just loved it very much and I really mean it.My husband thoroughly enjoyed the cake and I was happy for my decision to bake this cake as he did not mind eating large portions which is not usual.
I generally take few photographs of the steps in between when a recipe is complex and needs an explanation with photo tutorial.Inspired by many fellow bloggers I gave an attempt to take step-by-step pictures and later realized I missed few steps but not bad,so excuse me for that!!I agree that it is really difficult to take the step-by-step photos handling camera in one hand while cooking or baking and I really appreciate all those who do step by step for every post.

(Recipe source:Joy of Baking)

for Cake Batter:
1 1/2 cups(195 grams) all purpose flour/maida
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large or 3 small eggs, separated
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar( I did not use,so optional)

for Caramel Pineapple topping:
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup)(55 grams) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces( I used salted one)
3/4 cup (160 grams) light brown sugar
7-8 pieces of tinned pineapple
Candied cherries (optional)
Oven pre-heating and preparing the tin:
  • Preheat oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C) and place rack in the center of the oven.
  • Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan with three inch (7.5 cm) sides.
for Caramel Pineapple Topping:
  • Drain the pineapple pieces from the tin and pat dry the pineapple pieces to remove extra moisture.
  • Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  • Continue cooking, without stirring, for a few more minutes or until bubbles just start to appear around the outside edges of the mixture (the sugar starts to caramelize). Then remove from heat, and pour into your prepared cake pan.
  • Evenly arrange the fresh pineapple slices on top of the sugar mixture.Place the candied cherries in the gaps of pineapple or arrange according to your wish.
for Cake Batter:
  • In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.do it for a couple of times which helps in getting a evenly mixed flour.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites and place the whites in a wide bowl.
  • In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites(with the cream of tartar if you are using) just until the whites hold a firm peak.
  • In another bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer.Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture in three additions and then add milk in two additions.
  • With a large spatula gently fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter in two additions.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.Tap the tin twice,this helps in removing the air bubbles formation in the batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 - 50 minutes, or until the top of the cake has browned and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.A toothpick inserted into the cake (not the pineapple) should come out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 2-3 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and then invert the cake onto your serving plate.
Serve with softly whipped cream or Ice cream.

  1. You can even use fresh pineapple as I don't like working with fresh pineapple I preferred a canned one.
  2. The original recipe asked to rest the cake for 10 mins after baking and I followed it.But I felt whatever the sugar caramel which melted has got crystallized by then.So I suggest you not to rest the cake for long time once it is out of the oven.And I missed the beautiful caramel sauce flowing out of my cake.Bit I rolled the crystallized sugar into small pieces of candies and thoroughly enjoyed it.


jayasree said...

Yummylicious cake....Pineapple has caramilized beautifully.

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks so perfect..very nice..am sure your hubby must have loved this cake..awesome droolworthy pictures..

suma said...

Birthday wishes to your hubby! Had baked this one long long ago and had absolutely loved it, I must bake this again, the cake looks great Pratibha!

Prathima Rao said...

Perfect, divine cake!!!! The pineapple slices are so neatly layed out :)
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Yummy looking cake...Nice stepwise too....Luved the cute little candle :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Step wise pictorial is always helpful....cake looks awesome....love the flavor of pineapple in cake...it looks soft and delectable....love the different background setups.....lot of effort must say....i can see prathy in action in one of the pics....:-)

Priya said...

Cute little candle, prefectly baked yummy cake, love this pineapple upside down cake very much...Marvellous stepwise pictures,definitely useful for many of us..


Wonderful cake for the celebration prathiba and the candle is so so cute. Step wise pics are awesome too,great effort!

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Belated Happy Birthday to ur hubby, Pratibha..Cake looks superb and yummyyyy

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That's a gorgeous cake...Beautifully made...:)



Ambreen said...

Wow, this looks extraordinarily gorgeous. I'm drooling!!! Beautiful work, Prathibha!

jeyashrisuresh said...

wonderful way to treat ur hubby on his birthday. Nice stepwise explanations and cake came out so well.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Upside down cakes are such a treat! It's really good presentation too. Your cake looks perfect. So caramelized and perfectly cooked!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very gorgeous looking cake, illustrative clicks are toooooo good.

Food Glorious Food! said...

Perfectly assembled! Great job! Thanks for sharing! I hope I can do the same :)

Rinku Naveen said...

Wonderful! It looks so perfect. Loved the colours.
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Sadhana Valentina said...

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Rekha shoban said...

perfect cake!!candle looks cute!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Beautifully done !!
Great step by step pics... Prathy..

Parita said...

Belated bday wishes to your hubby...the cake looks fab! This is next on my to do list :)

Prathima Shivraj said...

Perfect cake, tempting me.., thanx for step by step process.

Prathima Shivraj

Divya Kudua said...

YUM YUM YUM!!Absolutely love the pics--the cake has turned out so well,no wonder your hubby couldn't stop eating this!!

shooting star said...

a very concerted effort!!..am not sure i can manage this!!!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I can see how much effort you have put in here. Loved the caramelized look. I'm not a big fan of pineapple but still the recipe looks appealing to me. Wonderful job done Prathy :-)

Hamaree Rasoi

Vimitha Anand said...

Gorgeous and yummy looking cake... Ur hubby would have loved it... Belated wishes to him...

Nithya said...

Looks damn tempting and delicious :) So neat and professional :)

Plateful said...

Oh my, I'm drooling at the pics of the pineapple cake. Looks wonderful! Great photos too! Will come back for the recipe :)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Very beautiful, PERFECTLY made. Belated wishes to your hubby and love the cute candle too.

Laavanya said...

I'm a fan of pineapple upside down cake... looks great.

divya said...

Slurp,mouthwatering finger licking cake..delicious!

sonu said...

wow...this cake looks so gorgeous...lovely and perfect looking caramelized pineapples...yummmmmmm

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Wow beautiful cake !! looks so wonderful and very tempting !! loved step by step explanation !!

LG said...

Belated birthday wishes to your hubby. Pineapple upside down cake looks gorgeous!

Torviewtoronto said...

fabulous looking pineapple upside down cake delicious

Vardhini said...

So perfect and delicious .. Nice one Prathy.


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Priti said...

Belated Birthday Wishes to your hubby ...cake looks so yum n perfect ..hope you guys had a great day

Pushpa said...

Upside down cake looks superb and perfect.

aipi said...

Upside down cakes have been my recent fascination and you have recreated the classic so very beautifully!!
Belated B'day wishes to the hubby :)
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely love it !!!! It is my husband's favorite too :)

Kalyani said...

yummy and delicious cake ..... beautifully arranged and lovely clicks ......

Vatsala. said...

Looking Delicious.
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Priyanka Agrawal said...

yum! belated happy bday to ur hubby! gr8 job on the cake dear

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Looks yummm...


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Now Serving said...

perfect, beautiful and absolutely mouthwatering!

Jay said...

wow...awesome try dear with gorgeous result..hats off..ur hubby is really lucky..:P

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Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your sweet wishes to my hubby..I will definitely convey all your wishes to my hubby and I thank you all on his behalf 4 d same..:)

Babli said...

Convey my Birthday wishes to your hubby. He must have felt extremely happy to see the delicious cake prepared by you. Cake looks gorgeous, beautifully decorated, marvellous and I liked the way you have placed the pineapple. Looks amazing .

Jayasri Ravi said...

wow looks very beautiful, you have done a good job!, looks fabulous

Raaga said...

This is one of my favourite cakes! I've been baking this for years. Yours looks great! Mine is here:http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2009/08/pineapple-upside-down-cake.html I baked it in a glass pan... next time I should use a metal tin.

Pioneer Family said...

can you use a cake mix with this recipe? if so what kind?

Prathibha said...

@pioneer family..I think you can use a ready mix and follow the same process for caramel..

Anonymous said...

Hello Pathy,

Is there any alternate for egg?


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sudha said...

today first time i prepared the cake, it turned out perfect cake. thank u so much for step by step instructions

Sreedevi linesh said...

today i made the cake,and am so happy to say it came out soooo well thanks a lot 4 ur wonderful recipe.....but the temp in oven i adjusted to 350 degree farenheit for 30 -35 mt

Sreedevi linesh said...

today i made the cake it came out soooo well...thanks 4 ur wonderful recipe...i adjusted the oven temp to 350degree farenheit for 30 -35 mt

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