Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One

An easy to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake made from scratch. This classic dessert features a tender, buttery mini cake with a perfectly caramelized pineapple slice and a cherry. This single serving treat is baked in a ramekin and is the perfect dessert for one.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

It’s hard to believe how a pineapple upside down cake can be so pretty yet so simple to make. I remember it being my mother’s signature dessert that she would bring to parties and potlucks.

Upside Down Cake

This cake starts with a rich, butter cake which when removed from the pan and flipped upside down reveals a pretty pineapple and cherry studded top.

Upside down cakes have been around for years. In fact, the idea of cooking a cake upside down has been around for centuries when cakes were often made in cast iron skillets. The fruit and sugar was placed on the bottom of the skillet and a simple cake batter was poured over the top. The cake was cooked over a fire and when flipped onto a plate revealed the pretty fruit and sugar topping.

Upside down cakes are made very similarly today.

This mini pineapple upside down cake is reminiscent of the cakes my mother made. The best part – it’s the perfect size for one person!

This cake takes just 30 minutes to bake and is so incredibly delicious!

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What Is A Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

If you’re familiar with the Mini Banana Upside Down Cake from our site, you may already know the answer. This particular cake is one of our most popular recipes, and with good reason. Upside down cakes are pretty and easy to make and best of all, you can use just about any fruit to make one.

A pineapple upside down cake is a wonderful dessert. It’s basically a buttery cake that gets baked on top of pineapple slices and cherries in a butter and sugar mixture.

After the cake has baked, it is flipped over and the topping becomes the pineapples and cherries. The melted butter mixed with brown sugar caramelizes and forms a glorious “crust” around the pineapple. It’s a spectacular tasting dessert.

In this case of this quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One, we’ve scaled down the ingredients so that it becomes the absolute perfect size for one person.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake with fork | One Dish Kitchen

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Ingredients In A Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients are:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • a pineapple slice (see below for ideas for using up the rest of the pineapple slices from a can of sliced pineapples)
  • a cherry
  • sugar
  • an egg yolk
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk

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How To Make A Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One

Step 1

Melt butter in a bowl, then stir in brown sugar.

butter and sugar | Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Step 2

Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a buttered ramekin; top with 1 pineapple slice and put a cherry in the center.

pineapple and cherry in a baking dish |  Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Step 3

Mix together the ingredients for the cake batter.

batter for a pineapple upside down cake | One Dish Kitchen

Step 4

Pour batter over the pineapple slice and cherry.

batter poured over pineapple in a pineapple upside down cake | One Dish Kitchen

Step 5

Bake for 30 minutes.

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a tray with coffee | One Dish Kitchen

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As you can see, this pineapple upside down cake is so easy to make. The caramel and pineapple are decadent and delicious.

The next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, pull out this wonderful retro recipe – it’s a true classic!

What To Do With The Leftover Pineapple Slices

You will only need one pineapple slice for this recipe so be sure to refrigerate the rest of the slices from the can. Canned pineapple can be added to smoothies, used in overnight oats, or enjoyed with a dollop of whipped cream.

You might also like to consider using the pineapple slices in either of these cake recipes:

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Mini Sheet Cake

What To Do With The Leftover Egg White

You will use one egg yolk in this upside down cake recipe. Save the egg white and keep it in the refrigerator. Add it to scrambled eggs, or use it in either of these great small batch recipes:

Meringues

Two Vanilla Cupcakes

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Other Single Serving and Mini Cake Recipes

Icebox Cake

King Cake

2-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Coffee Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Carrot Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

For this Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One, I used an 8-ounce ramekin as shown in the photos. A 10-ounce ramekin will also work well. For best results, use a dish of similar size.

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Pineapple Upside Cake Recipe

Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 575kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pineapple slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

For The Cake Batter

  • 1 tablespoon butter , very soft
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk , any percentage, soy, or almond milk.

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Butter the sides of an 8-ounce or 10-ounce ramekin. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Pour into ramekin and spread so the entire bottom of the ramekin is covered. 
    butter and sugar | Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen
  • Top with the pineapple slice and put the cherry in the center hole.
    pineapple and cherry in a baking dish | Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen
  • In a separate small bowl, mix together softened butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until just combined.
    batter for a pineapple upside down cake | One Dish Kitchen
  • Stir in milk.
  • Pour batter into the ramekin and use the back of a spoon to smooth the batter over the pineapple. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    batter poured over pineapple in a pineapple upside down cake | One Dish Kitchen
  • Place on a cooling rack to cool, 15 minutes. Place a plate over the top of the ramekin and invert. Cake should come right out onto the plate.
    Pineapple Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 19.2% | Vitamin C: 6.5% | Calcium: 6.3% | Iron: 8.5%
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4 thoughts on “Pineapple Upside Down Cake For One”


  1. Such a great recipe!!!
    I don’t eat puddings and desserts, so my partner used to always miss out (shame on me!)
    I am loving working my way through your desserts for one for him!
    He said this was delicious, caramelized and buttery and the perfect size.
    thank you

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