Old Fashioned Upside-Down Cake

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

A traditional pineapple upside-down cake cooked in a cast-iron skillet. I guess you could use a regular cake pan as well. I found in an article on "skillet" recipes years ago--sounded strange, but it is very good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt 1/3 cup of the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; stir in brown sugar until well blended.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of the syrup.
  3. Arrange pineapple slices close together in butter-sugar mixture.
  4. Center each slice with a cherry.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder and salt onto waxed paper.
  6. Beat egg whites until foamy in medium bowl.
  7. Beat in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar a tablespoon at a time until meringue stands in soft peaks.
  8. With same beater, beat remaining 1/3 cup butter with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy.
  9. Beat in egg yolks, lemon rind, lemon juice and vanilla.
  10. Blend flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and the 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple syrup.
  11. Fold meringue until no streaks of white remain.
  12. Pour over pineapple in skillet.
  13. Bake in a 350° oven for 35 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched with fingertip.
  14. Cool cake in skillet on wire rack for 10 minutes; then invert over serving plate.
  15. Allow skillet to remain over a cake a minute for syrup to drain from pan.
  16. Serve warm or cold.


Most Helpful

I agree with the others, this is a pretty dog gone good cake...Easy to make...When I make it again, I may cut back on the brown sugar...

Tom C. February 04, 2002

Wonderful cake!!!! Nice and moist and dense. I used whole wheat pastry flour and a springform pan instead of the cast-iron skillet. It worked great!! I kind of got scared at step 11 because I had thought on step 8 you were to mix in everything to the meringue at that point. It turned out great and I just ignored step 11. I love the ingredients of this with the sour cream and lemon zest, this will be my upside-down cake recipe from now on. Thanks!!!!

Chef*Lee June 13, 2008

So, this is how good this recipe is...I completely made a mess of it & it still worked out beautifully!First, I had no measuring cups (@ b/f's),so nothing was correct.I had baking soda,not powder.The mixing of the cream & dry ingredients was so sticky that the beaters wouldn't go through it.I kneaded it instead!Lol.Then I "folded" in the whites with my hands!I dumped it all in a bread pan, crossed my fingers & baked it for 1/2 an hour.It looked beautiful so took a bite.Yummy!

Jenny M June 21, 2005

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