Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Easy Recipe

This pineapple upside-down cake easy recipe is delicious! It can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. This is a classic recipe that is great for your summer gatherings.

pineapple upside down cake

How did I make this pineapple upside-down cake easy recipe healthier? I substituted the flour using the brand Namaste Foods Gluten Free organic flour blend. Even though it was delicious, the texture was denser than a classic recipe.

Furthermore, if you prefer a less dense cake, and do not have any gluten intolerance, use cake flour. Cake flour will make the texture of this cake more crumbly. 

pineapple upside down cake


Tips for making this recipe!

  • Use canned pineapples for a flavorful cake. You can use fresh pineapples but the flavor will be lighter.
  • Blot the pineapple and maraschino cherries. Excess of liquid will cause an unpleasantly wet cake.
  • Cake flour is lighter than all-purpose flour so it will create a soft crumb.
  • If you are vegan feel free to replace the flour using self-rising and skip the leavening agents and salt. This way you do not need any egg replacement.
  • This cake is always on the denser side, using just an egg yolk and two egg whites will help the cake to be less dense.
  • This cake will be good for up to five days inside the refrigerator.
  • Chop leftover pineapple and add it to the batter. Do this by folding chopped pineapples at the end.
  • I used coconut milk for this recipe but you can use your favorite milk.
  • Undoubtedly, you can make it vegan by using vegan butter, sour cream and milk.

To conclude. do not over mix your batter and follow the instructions as described in the recipe.

I hope you give my recipe a try and love it as much as we did! Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

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pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Easy Recipe

This pineapple upside-down cake easy recipe is delicious! It can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. This is a classic recipe that is great for your summer gatherings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 slices


  • 1 hand mixer
  • 1 9 x 3 or 9 x 2 baking pan



  • 1 can canned pineapple slices in juice not syrup
  • 12-15 maraschino cherries
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted I used dairy free
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • 1 -1/2 cups cake flour see notes for vegan and gluten-free
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk see notes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter I used dairy-free
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 egg white room temperature
  • leftover pineapple finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pineapple & Cherries Topping

  • Line a large tray with paper towels, then place pineapple slices and cherries on. Pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Pour the melted butter into your baking pan. Brush butter over pan.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter. Make sure to evenly distribute it.
  • Place one pineapple ring in the middle of the pan, Then, place the other slices around. You can place whole slices or halves. It's up to you!
  • Add cherries as desired. Press pineapple slices and cherries firmly to the base of the cake pan. Set aside.

Cake Batter

  • In a medium bowl whisk dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk milk, sour cream, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • Inside a large bowl cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Then add egg and egg white, one at a time, and beat a few seconds in between.
  • Add flour mixture alternating with milk mixture. Using a rubber spatula fold leftover pineapple into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes then cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 10 more minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean your cake is done.


To make this cake gluten-free simply replace the flour with your favorite gluten-free blend. 
To make it vegan simply replace the ingredients for vegan products. Any plant-based milk will work great. 
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8 thoughts on “Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Easy Recipe

  1. Espectacular receta. Hermosa presentación. Ya me dio hambre 😀 felicidades hermosa página.

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