Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Lawrence’s birthday is in December, and mine is in August. For me birthdays have always been about days in the sun, and drinking before breakfast. Whilst the drinking part is fine, encouraged even, in December – I’m always looking for ways to inject some Winter Sun into this less than tropical time of year.

Pineapple upside down cake is retro amazing. It looks so much more difficult to make than it is,  and is great for a big reveal in a retro fun kind of way. Also, it tastes great – which is always a plus.


What you need:

  • 2tbl spoon sugar for glazing
  • 4 pineapple rings (from a can where they are in juice rather than syrup)
  • 4 cherries soaked in kirsch (or glace cherries – i intended to use those initially, but I didn’t have any in the baking cupboard)
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 100g soft butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbl spoons of coconut rum
  • 1 tbl spoon desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbl spoon flaked almonds

It’s nice and easy:

  • Pre heat oven to 200°C
  • Grease your cake tin with butter – it doesn’t need to be too deep as this cake doesn’t rise that much
  • Sprinkle the two tbl spoons of sugar over the bottom of the cake tin, then arrange the pineapple rings on top of the sugar. Put one cherry in the centre of each pineapple ring. Sprinkle the almonds and pineapple into the gaps between the rings and then pour the coconut rum over it all. All of this will come together to make a wonderful glaze for the cake
  • Either by hand, or with an electric mixer, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, eggs and two spoons of the juice from the pineapple tin, until they form a smooth light golden mixture
  • Pour the mixture over the pineapple and cherries in the tin, and put in the oven for 40 mins – keeping an eye on it
  • When it’t baked, and a skewer comes out of the middle clean, take out of the oven and leave to cool
  • Carefully turn the cake out onto a plate – tadaa, an amazing upside cake to bring the beach to any time of year



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