Thursday, 13 January 2011

Pineapple upside down cake

Charlie is always asking me whether we can buy a pineapple and I am never very keen to do so. They are not grown locally, the count is high on the food miles and they are really quite heavy to carry. I didn't want to really crush his enthusiasm for a wide and varied diet though so we decide we would make a pineapple upside down cake. It was our first attempt and I didn't have the right sized pan,the oven door seal is broken, it got a little dark in colour and didn't rise, but Josie still gave me 8/10. It was a winner all round for my assistant chef Charlie, who drank all the pineapple juice and ate some of the pineapple, dipped his fingers in the cake mix at every stage but most of all loved the glace cherries.

Recipe for pineapple upside down cake (although I might try a different recipe next time)

Slices of pineapple
55g caster sugar
Glace cherries
170g self-raising flour
2 eggs
1/4 pint milk
55g caster sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 220C 
  • Place the pineapple slices and sugar in a small, oven proof frying pan. Heat gently until the pineapple has caramelised. 
  • Whisk the flour, eggs and milk into a thick batter before stirring in the sugar.
  • Put a cherry in the centre of each pineapple slice

  • Pour the mixture over the pineapple and place the pan in the oven
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes
  • Turn upside down on a plate to serve


  1. Awwww , your kids make me laugh ! They are real charactors !I was very excited when I saw this new blog from you and couldnt click on it quick enough ! - it brings back a memory of the first ever cake I made with my mum . A little sad under the circumstances but still a lovely memory . I remember the next cake we made together was chocolate and vanilla marble cake and I was amazed at how great it came out. Maybe one to try next Susie xxxxx

  2. Charlie told me he didn't like upside down food but still ate great big chunks of it, probably trying to get the cherries out. Marble cake sounds wonderful, do you have a recipe?


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