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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This old-fashioned cake is traditionally made in a cast-iron skillet, but if you don't have one, you can substitute a 9- or 10-inch cake pan.

  • Servings: 8
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Source: Mad Hungry, January 2011


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Grated rind from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 fresh, ripe pineapple, sliced, or one 20-ounce can pineapple slices
  • 15 pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the oil and milk to the bowl and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla, egg, lime rind, and lime juice, blending just until well combined.

  2. In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the brown sugar around the skillet. Arrange the pineapple slices and pecans on top. Pour the batter evenly over the top and bake for 45 minutes.

  3. Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a circular platter.

Reviews (10)

  • Linda727 17 Feb, 2015

    The cake was heavy, doughy, and flat. The taste of the cake was good-I also used only 1/2 of the lime zest. The pineapple butter and brown sugar was way too oily and sweet. I may try this recipe again using cake flour and much less brown sugar and butter.

  • Laura LaFountain-Teeple 28 Feb, 2014

    I made this and loved it. I did not have pecans so none were added. I did not have any limes or lime juice, so I just used 1 teaspoon lemon juice instead. I used a cast iron frying pan and baked it in my wood cook stove. It turned out fabulous! Next time I would add more brown sugar to make the bottom more gooey, and after seeing the comments about the lime, I will stick with lemon juice. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • maj711 13 Sep, 2013

    I made this cake to surprise my wife. I followed the recipe however I added raisins with the pineapples. Let me tell you it was perfect. She loved it, and I will make it time and time again for her. Thanks Martha for recipe.

  • Alison 1derland Cakes 16 Mar, 2013

    Not horrible, not great. Like other commenters, I didn't care for the lime zest, and I used pineapple rather than lime juice so the lime was not particularly prominent, just unappealing. The cake was moist enough, but the caramel was quite light in the middle of the pan. I don't think as written the cake would be moist and the sugar would be caramelized enough at the same time. Time to try another recipe.

  • tachi1 30 Jan, 2013

    Not a keeper for me. I didn't find that the cake was as moist as I would have liked and the lime accents were a bit intrusive. First time I've used a cast iron pan for pineapple upside down cake, and I like the look it gives the topping. Recipe should have specified pan size, though. I wasn't sure which one to use.

  • Cyberdeb 27 May, 2012

    I baked this cake a while ago, & liked it so much that I put it in my Ipad in "My Recipe Book" app, something went wrong & I lost all of my recipes. What a nightmare! I just spent the whole day looking for this recipe again. Thank god I found it again! It is definetely a keeper!

  • Marthaisgenius 27 Aug, 2011

    Really, really great! I haven't had one of these in years and it was fantastic. The cake was super moist and flavorful and the topping was just perfect. I used a 9 inch cast iron pan after re-seasoning it Lucinda's way. Perfect.

  • Lasagesse 5 Jul, 2011

    Excellent! Made it in a normal 9" round and it was good. Did add 1/2 cup coconut with my topping and cherries with the pecans. I sprinkled the coconut just before I poured the batter.

  • JaneCarney 7 Apr, 2011

    This cake just came out of the oven and I think I might have burned my upper lip a bit,but it was well worth it. Boy this cake is wonderful. The smell of it cooking was something else, too. The touch of lime, genius!

  • InocentAngel 7 Apr, 2011

    The pineapple and dark brown sugar had a wonderful flavor. The cake was BLAH. It was tasteless and rather dry. Not a recipe I'll follow again.

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