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Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The classic Pineapple Upside Cake baked right in your iron skillet!

Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Table for Seven

My husband is a pineapple-upside cake kinda guy.

For the longest time, every time we visited my in-laws, his mother would buy him a little individual pineapple upside cake from the local bakery. It was just about the size of a cupcake and it was just for him. That was OK with me.

She also would buy a box of butter cookies (with tons of sprinkles) and chocolate frosted doughnuts. The kids and I would polish those off rather quickly. 😉

pice of Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

So, anyway, pineapple cake..sorry, had my mind on doughnuts there for a minute!

I’ve never made it here at home, because, for some reason it has been an intimidating cake for me to tackle. Well guys, not anymore! Pineapple upside down cake has been tackled, and you know what?

It’s pretty darn delicious and I’m completely stunned that I was able to get it out of the skillet in one piece. This is usually the kind of baking task that does not go well for me.

Here’s the secret to a stress free cake removal:

  • Use a good size plate when you are removing your cake. Be sure it is bigger than you skillet.
  • You should also let your cake sit for a 10-15 to cool before removing it.

Last note: If you don’t have an iron skillet, any 8-9 inch oven safe skillet will work!

Have a slice and enjoy!

Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake close-up
Yield: Serves: 8

Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The classic baked in your iron skillet!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1- 20 can of sliced pineapple (plus 1/3 cup of juice from your can)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 salt
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Drain pineapples and reserve 1/3 cup of the juice.
  3. In an 9 in oven safe skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and let sugar melt and mix with butter.
  4. Arrange 8-9 pineapple slices in a single layer on top of brown sugar mixture. Remove from heat.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  6. In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs and white granulated sugar. Then, add in vanilla and reserved pineapple juice. Gradually add in flour mixture until beat until just combined.
  7. Pour batter on top pineapple/brown sugar mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cake sit for at least 10 minutes in pan before removing. Carefully invert cake and place a serving plate.
  9. Place cherries in the center of the pineapple slices before cutting cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 49gProtein: 4g

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Tuesday 19th of May 2020

This is a simple recipe to follow and for my first time making a cake from scratch, this was easy. I had made other pineapple upside down cakes, but always only using yellow cake pre made batter. I was so proud of myself for doing this and was even more rewarded when my guests just raved about how great this cake was. I will make again.

Erin Table for Seven

Monday 25th of May 2020

That's awesome Shareen! I'm glad it was a success..thanks for letting me know!

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