Zack's Favorite Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Megan Todd


Since my son's 18th birthday is just around the corner, and this is his absolute favorite cake... It seems fitting I share this recipe. This is the only cake my son requests for his birthday every year since he was little. He Loves pineapple! This recipe has been passed on from my grandmother. Made the old fashioned way in a large cast iron skillet. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, a cake dish will do, 9x13 inch, greased.
**This recipe can also be made with peaches, substitute in place of pineapple.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
45 Min


  • 1/2 c
  • 1 can(s)
    libby's sliced pineapple, drained, save juice
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 can(s)
    maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 c
    flaked coconut

  • 1
    banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 3
  • 1/2 c
    reserved pineapple juice (from sliced pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder

How to Make Zack's Favorite Pineapple Upside Down Cake


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and whisk. Add drained Pineapple rings, arranging pieces so they all fit, some may have to be cut in half. Cook pineapple in butter, brown sugar mixture about 5 minutes to soak in flavor. Turn off heat. Add Maraschino cherries (optional) to inside of pineapple rings, and arrange throughout skillet. Sprinkle half of the coconut over pineapple arrangement.
  3. To prepare the cake. In a large mixing bowl, add white sugar, reserved fruit juice, mashed banana, & vanilla. Mix on medium speed until mixed thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl,add flour and baking powder, & rest of coconut, mix well. Add to creamed mixture, mix well.
  5. Pour cake batter over pineapple in cast iron skillet.
    Bake in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. allow cake to cool for approximately 5-10 minutes. Place Large Round Serving plate, or cake plate over skillet, top side facing cake. Using oven mitts, hold plate in place and flip cake onto plate. Cake will come out easy. Allow cake to cool completely. Or serve warm with ice cream on the side.

Printable Recipe Card

About Zack's Favorite Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

Show 12 Comments & Reviews

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We love us some pound cakes, the mouth-watering amazingness is always worth the extra time on the treadmill. Here are some of our favorites!

Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Store-bought frosting is convenient and easy but making homemade buttercream icing is just as simple and super tasty. Thick and dense with a silky texture, this American buttercream recipe is...

Strawberry Recipes You Need To Make This Summer

Strawberry Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Kitchen Crew

There are many surprising health benefits of strawberries . They are loaded with Vitamin C which helps support a healthy immune system. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits can help protect...