Experience the irresistible flavors of the Caribbean with this Jamaican Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe! This mouthwatering fruity dessert features a moist and spiced cake base adorned with a crown of caramelized pineapple chunks and toasted pecans. A dreamy fusion of tropical goodness in every bite. Perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying as a solo indulgence, this cake is a true taste of paradise. Nut-free option.
You know what? A good slice of cake is an absolute must in my book—every single day! Haha. And that might answer why I have SO many cake recipes...There's just something about a delicious piece of cake that brings so much comfort and joy, and let me tell you, this Jamaican Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe ticks all the right boxes! I love infusing my Jamaican roots into my favorite recipes.
If you're craving more Jamaican delights-- I've got a whole lot of mouthwatering recipes for you to explore! Trying my finger-licking Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings? Spicy and flavorful--Guaranteed to transport you straight to the streets of Jamaica. Or If you're searching for some meatless Jamaican recipes try this one pot Creamy Jamaican Rasta Pasta or these Vegan Jamaican Beef Patties! And don't miss out on this refreshing Jamaican Me Happy Mocktail —it's the perfect accompaniment to any meal. If you're a lover of cake, then our Best Cake Flavors for Any Occasion list is one to check out!
But y'all today is for this delicious fruity dessert aka a Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe – a crowd-pleasing delight that's both easy to make + bursting with tropical flavors! Using pantry staples, this cake is perfect for bakers of all levels. This summer dessert is sure to impress and satisfy every sweet craving!
There are 4 main steps I will guide you through for this fruity dessert of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Creating the luscious caramelized pineapple topping, crafting the cake itself, followed by assembling all the goodness + allowing it to cool to perfection.
Here's what you need to make this Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe:
The age-old debate of fresh vs. canned pineapples for the perfect Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Fresh pineapples bring natural sweetness and the joy of slicing to your liking, adding a delightful texture. However, they require more preparation time and may have limited seasonal availability.
Plus they sometimes have less juiciness which may make your cake dry. Canned pineapples, on the other hand, offer convenience, ready-to-use slices, and consistent flavor all year round. The choice ultimately depends on your preference and the time you want to invest in this delectable pineapple dessert.
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make this Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that is cheaper and so easy to whip up!
When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using is Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.
However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes as well.
Here are a few tips to make sure your pineapple dessert turns out perfectly every time-
Okay now here's the fun part--
Prep the Plate: Place a plate or cake stand on top of the pan with the cake, making sure it covers the entire opening.
Take a Deep Breath: Gather your courage and take a moment to mentally prepare for the big flip.
Go for the Flip: With a swift and confident motion, hold the plate firmly against the pan and flip them both over together.
Be Patient: Give the cake a few seconds to work its magic. Watch in anticipation as the heavenly brown sugar and pineapple slices gracefully cascade down.
Remove the Pan: Carefully lift the cake pan away, leaving the stunning pineapple topping exposed for all to admire.
Take a moment to appreciate your perfectly flipped pineapple upside-down cake—a true work of art!
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your pineapple upside down cake (and other baked goods) fully rise and bake through nicely.
Incase you weren't aware, there's an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here's what you need:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
These events are a great excuse to eat some fruity pineapple dessert!
Keep cake leftovers stored for up to 4 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container to keep the cake from drying out. You can also freeze the cake tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. Before serving, defrost the cake on the counter.
Absolutely! Serving this fruity dessert warm enhances the flavors and makes it even more comforting. You can also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat.
Grease the pan thoroughly with cooking spray or olive oil before adding the topping. This will help prevent the cake from sticking, making it easier to flip out beautifully onto a serving plate.
Yes, you can get creative! While pineapple is traditional, you can experiment with other fruits like peaches, pears, or even cherries to create your twist on this classic dessert.
Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the cake is ready. Avoid overbaking to maintain its moistness.
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