Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

by Kiran on April 22, 2014 · 25 comments

in Baking, Cake, Desserts

Baking for two can be a daunting task. The average size of a homemade cake is usually 8 or 9 inch in diameter. Which translates to “dangerous” for both of our ever expanding waists.

It’s always a challenge to try and fit a cake recipe into a 6 inch cake pan.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake |

It’s equally frustrating when I have zero skills at cake decorating. Even something that is supposedly as “simple” as pipping whipped cream, throws me into a raging fit!

I blame it on my shaky hands. Super shaky and non-confident hands. While I contemplate on my cake decorating skills with super shaky hands, I’ll have you try this recipe. With a 6 inch cake, that will limit the expansion on waist. Provided you share a few slices with your better half 😉

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  • 3 to 4 pineapple rings
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup thick coconut cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

optional: whipped coconut cream and maraschino cherries


  1. Lightly grease a 6 inch cake pan. Sprinkle coconut sugar to cover the bottom of pan. Tap the cake pan to gently distribute.
  2. Arrange and layer pineapple rings to cover the bottom of pan. Cut the rings to fit. Set the pan aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 325F.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, add 2 egg whites. Gently whisk egg whites on medium-low for 1 minute or until frothy. Increase speed to medium-high and whip for 1 minute or until soft peaks. Remove whipped egg whites into a clean bowl. Set aside.
  5. In a clean stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater, add softened butter and sugar. Beat on medium for 1 minute or until fluffy.
  6. Add in one egg yolk at a time and beat to incorporate. Drizzle in vanilla extract and thick coconut cream. Stir to combine.
  7. Sift the dry ingredients (cake flour, baking powder and salt).
  8. Add whipped egg white peaks and sifted dry ingredients into wet ingredients. With the mixer on low, combine all ingredients. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  9. Remove the stand mixer bowl and using a spatula, make a few folds to combine all ingredients.
  10. Spread batter evenly into prepared 6 inch cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until tooth pick inserted, comes out clean.
  11. Remove cake pan to cool for an hour before running a knife along the sides of the cake pan to help loosen the cake before inverting on a cake stand.
  12. Allow cake to completely cool before adding whipped coconut cream and topping it with maraschino cherries.


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake |

If you are like me, fretting over cake decorating skills — well, don’t be. Instead, let’s waste that precious time devouring the cake, shall we? 😀

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake |

Any cake decorating advise for this girl with shaky-hands?


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1 Trishnanta April 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

These pictures are so unlike your usual rustic, propped and dark style and boy, are they brilliant! I love the pop of red cherries against the white background. And your composition is so brilliant that I did not pay any attention to the “shaky hands” blobs of whipped cream.

LOVE your photography. These photos have made my day.


2 Archana @ ThePerfectZest April 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The husbands absolute favorite cake. For those waists, I don’t bake at all. But I made some cupcakes last week – they are still staring at me. I’m working hard to resist them.
I couldn’t ice them well either – so they didn’t make it to the blog.

The pic of that pineapple is brilliant.


3 Shibi @ FlavzCorner April 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The combination of coconut and pineapple is totally tropical I loved it!!! Yes cake decoration is tedious, but even without much decoration this cake looks tempting 🙂


4 Rosa April 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Don’t worry, you are not alone! I’m not that good at cake decorating and have no patience for that kind of stuff…

A divine cake! A childhood classic.




5 Raymund April 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

This is a nice classic, I love how you presented it!
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6 ThisBakerGirlBlogs April 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

This looks absolutely gorgeous!


7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Such a pretty little cake! If it’s any consolation, I often have shaky hands too. Love the bright pop from the cherries!
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8 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy April 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Seriously, maybe there should be more baking blogs about baking for less serving sizes.Those calculations tear my brain sometimes. I have been waiting for this recipe – LOVE pineapples and anything with it! YUM!
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9 Rekha April 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I love these photos. The cake looks super delicious. The white background just looks awesome.
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10 Kelly April 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I think this cake looks gorgeous and love that it’s a smaller 6-inch cake 🙂 I’ve always wanted to make a homemade pineapple upside down cake and can’t wait to try yours 🙂


11 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I am not the best decorator either – but a good set of piping bags and nozzles end up doing most of the work!
This cake sounds amazing – love the whipped coconut cream on top of the pineapple/upside down cake!
Awesome photos Kiran.


12 sangeeta khanna April 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I love the pictures and the way you used the coconut cream. And baking cakes is tricky in my home as well, just for 2 and only one of us eats cakes, the husband. I have to give away more than half of the cake or else it gets wasted.


13 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Beautiful! This just reminds me that I haven’t baked an upside down cake in ages!
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14 Lizzy (Good Things) April 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Nice one, I haven’t had a pineapple upside down cake for many years!
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15 Choc Chip Uru April 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Mmm so tropical and golden, what a delicious cake 😀

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16 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style April 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

What a delightful little cake, Kiran. I definitely know what you mean about the danger of having full-sized desserts around only 2 people!
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17 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Beautiful cake. I like the airy and bright photography here!
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18 Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook April 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I love fresh pineapple in this cake – so much better than the canned stuff! As for decorating, I am not good at it either – though I have been practicing lately!
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19 Lail | With A Spin April 28, 2014 at 5:03 AM

Oh, you are not the only one. I freak out by the thought of icing a cake. With a daughter, I need to get better at it.

The combination of coconut and pineapple, delicious.
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20 Kitchen Belleicious April 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

so gorgeous! I love the cherries on top. I haven’t had one of these in years! I need to get on track and make one for our family
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21 easyfoodsmith April 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I have never tried cake decoration and just thinking about it gives me cold feet! This tropical flavored cake is a favorite and an upside down even more so.
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22 Daniela May 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You are so right, Kiran, finding a nice cake recipe that is suitable for two is not always easy, because it’s not only about dividing the amounts.
Your up side down cake is a perfect and delightful proposal for this problem.


23 laurasmess May 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

LOVE the look of this cake. I think when it comes to decorating, less is more… I normally resort to a dusting of icing sugar or a glossy layer of ganache unless it’s a cheesecake or pavlova (that’s an entirely different matter! Cream, fruit, shavings of chocolate, yeah baby!). I’ve never seen a 6-inch cake pan but I think I need to invest in one. My husband and I could benefit from it too! x
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24 Gemma @andgeesaid May 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Gorgeous photos, Kiran, so light and happy! Re the cake sizes, everything looks better smaller anyway, so I always prefer making my desserts in a smaller size…. I just make more. Haha. As for shaky hands – rustic cake decorating is very in! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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25 Kiran May 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Gemma — thanks so much sweets! glad I’m not alone in the smaller sized desserts 🙂


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