Pineapple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake

Monday 19 December 2016

When I was growing up in the 50's and 60's about the only fresh fruit that made a regular appearance in our house was apples and bananas.  Fresh fruit really wasn't all that available in our small town . . . and I expect if it was, it was probably really expensive.  We didn't mind that much though . . . my mother always made sure we had lots of tinned fruit.

We really loved it when we would have a dish of ice cream with some peaches or fruit cocktail for dessert.  Dang!  There never used to be enough cherries in that tin, did there?

I never tasted fresh pineapple until I was an adult, and fresh pineapple is really quite good, I'll admit . . . it's a real treat for me . . .  I do love having a variety of tinned pineapple in my larder though . . . sliced, chunks, crushed.  It all comes in very handy indeed.

I got a  pineapple upside down cake tin (Nordic Ware)  a few years ago, and I don't use it nearly enough.  It's one of those pans you buy on impulse and then use only a few times . . . but when I do use it, I am always impressed with the results.  It just makes the sweetest little individual pineapple cakes, don't you think?

I really fancied eating some pineapple today, but I didn't have any fresh pineapple in the house . . . it's not something I really keep on hand.  I expect nobody does . . . unless they actually live in Hawaii.  (What a dear thought that is!)

Anyways,  I thought I would make an upside down cake and then I thought, why not use the pan.  You don't need one of these special pans to make this delicious cake though . . . any 9 inch round cake tin will do.

This is a fabulously spiced and moist upside down cake.  We do love our gingerbread in this house and this is a wonderful way to have it.

You get all the spicy deliciousness of a scrummy gingerbread . . . topped with the added treat of buttery brown sugar glazed pineapple rings . . . oh so yummy.

It's a good thing.

*Pineapple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake*
Makes one 9 inch round cake
Printable Recipe

Spicy gingerbread topped with sweet rounds of pineapple and halved cherries.  What's not to like?

For the topping:
4 TBS butter
5 ounces soft light brown sugar (2/3 cup packed)
1 tin of pineapple rings, drained well (you'll need 6 to 8 rings) and patted dry
candied cherries for the centres (optional)

For the cake:
190ml of boiling water (3/4 cup)
125ml of dark molasses (1/2 cup)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
6.5 ounces plain flour (1 1/4 cups) (175g)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 TBS butter, softened
3.75 ounces soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed) (100g)
1 large egg yolk

Preheat  the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter and flour a 9 inch round  non-stick baking pan.  Dust with flour lightly and set aside.

Melt  the butter for the topping in a medium saucepan over medium heat, until  foaming.  Stir in the sugar.  Turn to low and cook, stirring, for  several minutes until the sugar is melted.  Pour this into the prepared  pan and tilt the pan  back and forth to coat.  Arrange the drained and  dried pineapple slices over top of the sugar mixture, filling the centre  in of each one with a cherry.

Measure the molasses into a jug.   Pour the boiling water over top and stir.  Stir in the bicarbonate of  soda.  Set aside to cool.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder,  salt, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl.  Set aside.

Cream together  the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg yolk.   Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the liquid mixture, scraping  down the bowl and mixing together well.  Pour this over top of the  pineapple slices in the pan to make an even layer.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until well risen and the cake is set and a toothpick inserted iin the centre comes out clean.

Remove  from the oven to a wire rack.  Allow to stand for five minutes before  very carefully inverting onto a plate, replacing any fruit if it becomes  dislodged.  Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.   Serve warm or at room temperature, without or without some softly  whipped cream.


  1. Memories from my youth..oh Marie I have a few pans/molds I never use..does a giant cupcake ring a bell? LOL.

    1. LOL Monique! I have one of those also. A one hit wonder! haha Giant cupcakes. I do love my pineapple pan though and in my opinion you can never have too many bundt pans! xo

  2. I want some of this...we love pineapple upside down cake but have never made it with gingerbread 😋Sounds yummy

    1. You will have to try it with gingerbread Lura! It's fantastic! xo


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