Pineapple upside-down cake

I was so inspired by my recent secret recipe club bloggers website because one of the recipes that I had been itching to make was her mini pineapple upside down cakes – although I landed up making her mini key lime mousse pies instead (you can read the post here)

But it meant that I had pineapple upside down cakes on the brain…

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About 10years ago, I was given a cook book from my late aunt Jules which is pretty much a South African institution of a cook book (in fact, the Afrikaans version was first printed in 1951!) – it is called “Cook and Enjoy it” by SJA de Villiers. Don’t expect pretty pictures accompaning each recipes but be assured that every one of the 1000 recipes has been tried and tested – and is authentic South African fare… just like granny used to make!

And guess what recipe I found there? Yupp … pineapple upside-down cake!

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This was a quick Sunday afternoon tea kind of cake… to be enjoyed warm or cool… Super easy to make and even easier to consume 🙂

Would I make it again? Definitely! (PS – this was one of those cakes that didn’t last long in our house…)

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Pineapple upside-down cake

3/4 cupbrown  sugar
2 Tablespoons butter
1 tin of pineapple rings (or you can use a fresh pineapple)
glazed cherries (optional)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/c cup of milk or pineapple juice

  • beat brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of butter until well blended and creamy
  • Press mixture into the bottom of a greased cake tin
  • Press the pineapple pieces (and cherries if you wish) into the mixture so that bottom of the tin is covered with fruit
  • Beat the rest of the butter and sugar together until creamy, add the eggs and mix well
  • Sift together the dry ingredients and fold into mixture
  • Add enough milk/pineapple juice until mixture has consistency of a butter cake batter
  • Place batter over fruit in the tin
  • Bake for 35min at 180C
  • Turn out at once & cool

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