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Pineapple upside down cake in white ceramic dish

Lightened Up Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


A little less guilt means you can have another slice, right? Try this Lightened Up Pineapple Upside Down Cake!


Units Scale


  • 2 Large Cans Pineapple Tidbits, drained
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled


For the Pineapple

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, combine pineapple and brown sugar over medium high heat and cook, stirring often, until the pineapple is light brown and the juices are nearly evaporated. This will take about 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add butter, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  4. Pour the pineapple into a 9 inch cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Spread the pineapple out on the bottom of the pan into a single layer. If there is excess pineapple, remove from the pan and set aside.

For the Cake

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the larger mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter. Gently stir in the flour until just combined.
  3. Pour over the pineapple in the cake pan and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then invert on a plate and release from pan. Top with extra pineapple if there was any.
  5. Wait for 1 hour for cake to cool before serving.


To store: Pineapple upside down cake should be stored in the refrigerator. Wrap it in the cake pan or place it in an airtight container; it will last up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

To freeze: Once the cake has cooled, it can be wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. Let the cake thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe mildly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Keywords: upside down cake, easy pineapple upside down cake, homemade pineapple upside down cake