Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake has stood the test of time for good reason: The bottom cake is moist and buttery, while the top oozes with pineapple and caramel.

Adapted from Gourmet.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Editor of Serious Eats Sweets and the Community Manager of Serious Eat. She writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
Special equipment:10-inch cast iron skillet
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: A Dim Sum-Inspired Chinese Food Party Serious Entertaining: Mad Men Season Premiere Party


  • 9 (1/2-inch) slices fresh pineapple, from 1 medium pineapple
  • 12 (1 1/2 sticks) tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons dark rum, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 6 tablespoons butter in 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat until melted. Stir in brown sugar and cook until caramelized, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Lay pineapple rings in overlapping circles to cover surface of skillet. Set aside.

  2. 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together remaining 6 tablespoons butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla and 1 1/2 tablespoons rum. Add half of dry ingredients into bowl and beat to combine. Add pineapple juice. Add remaining dry ingredients to bowl and beat until just combined.

  3. 3

    Pour batter over pineapples and smooth surface with a spatula. Transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cake cool for 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a plate. Sprinkle remaining rum over cake.


Add a rating with your comment:

Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: