Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 7 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 55 minutes

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake features a rich, coconut-infused cake crowned with pineapples cooked in a sweet cinnamon-butter sauce. You’re going to love the sweet tropical flavors of this dessert!

Pineapples are very versatile fruits, and we love using them for savory and sweet recipes. For instance, it’s the star in our Pineapple Cake, Pineapple Smoothie, and lends a subtle sweetness to our Slow Cooker Pineapple Ham.

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a beautiful medley of sweet pineapples, red cherries, and cake. The fruits are cooked in spices, sugar, and little butter to create a sauce. The cake is simple and moist, with extra richness thanks to the coconut milk. 

We love seeing the golden syrup go down the side of the fresh-baked cake when we turn it upside down! Finally, it smells and tastes incredible. We love serving it during the summer, but it’s perfect anytime you want a light and fruit dessert, too!

What is an upside-down cake?

What sets this dessert apart is that the cake and fruit topping is not just baked together, but it starts with the topping on the bottom. After baking, you flip the pan onto the plate to release. Because of this, it becomes “upside-down,” because the fruit is now on top.

Ingredients for IP Pineapple Upside Down Cake

For the topping:

  • Fruits: Prepare pineapple slices, and set aside the juice. We’re also using whole cherries (maraschino).
  • Butter: Melt about 4 tbsps. of butter, unsalted.
  • Sugar: Aside from adding sweetness, brown sugar also encourages caramelization.
  • Flavorings: To complement the fruits, we’re flavoring the topping with coconut extract, a splash of lime juice, and nutmeg plus cinnamon.

For the cake:

  • Dry: Easy pantry ingredients like flour, salt, and baking powder (makes the cake light and fluffy!) go into our batter.
  • Wet: To complete the batter, we’re adding both red and white sugars, soft butter, plus a fresh egg.
  • Coconut flavor: For extra richness and flavor, we’re adding a mix of coconut milk and coconut extract.

How to make Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  1. Cook the fruit syrup. First, melt your butter. Then, add the spices, sugar, and juices, followed by the extract. 
  2. Assemble the fruit topping. Brush butter all over your pan, then pour the spiced syrup in there. Place a slice of pineapple in there, then place a whole cherry in the center. Slice the rest of the slices in half. In each hole, place a cherry. 
  3. Make the batter. Beat the butter with both sugars, followed by the extract and egg. Into this, gently mix in the coconut milk and the dry components.
  4. Cook. Gently pour the batter over the fruit topping. Place the pan in the IP, carefully positioning it on the rack. Cook on high for about 50mins., then leave it for 20 mins. to release steam. Cool before inverting on a plate. 
  5. Serve. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Mango: Use sliced mangoes and toss them with a bit of orange zest. Add some orange zest into the batter as well.
  • Strawberries: Use fresh/thawed frozen strawberries and add a splash of lemon to the batter. You can also use our delicious strawberry pie filling!
  • Cinnamon apple: Use our Cinnamon Apples, and add some nutmeg and cinnamon to the batter.
  • Peach: Use sliced peaches tossed with cinnamon.
  • Blueberry lemon: Use fresh/thawed frozen blueberries and add lemon zest to the batter.
  • Mixed berries: Combine blackberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can cake mix be made with pineapple juice instead of water?

Yes, go ahead! It gives the dessert a more intense fruit taste.

Can I substitute canned pineapple with fresh?

Of course, but make sure it’s sweet and ripe. However, we do recommend using canned because it’s both convenient and delicious. Also, you can buy it already sliced, so that’s less prep work!

How to prevent upside-down pineapple cake from sogginess?

The usual reason for this is that there’s too much juice, or you didn’t cook the fruit sauce long enough so that it turns into a slightly thicker syrup.

Aside from following the recipe amounts exactly, make sure to flip it soon after cooking so it has a chance to cool down instead of getting soggy in the pan.

Topping suggestions:

Top it with ice cream, sweet vanilla cream, or whip cream! We also love topping it with caramel sauce, toasted coconut, raisins, and crushed nuts. Finally, a drizzle of lemon curd offsets the sweetness and adds a refreshing twist to each bite.

More instant pot desserts to try:

How to store Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake?

Cool it down first, so the condensation doesn’t make it soggy. Place in an air-tight container, and keep chilled for up to 5 days. You can serve it cool, or warm it up for a couple of minutes so it tastes fresh-baked!

instant pot pineapple upside down cake

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake features a rich, coconut-infused cake crowned with pineapples cooked in a sweet cinnamon-butter sauce.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Natural Pressure Release:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Syrup and Topping:

  • 18 maraschino cherries whole
  • 20 ounces can pineapple slices whole
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 brown dark sugar (packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Instructions

Syrup and Topping:

  • Butter a 7-inch springform pan and set it aside.
  • Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and melt it.
  • Add the pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Remove from heat and stir in coconut extract.
  • Add to the bottom of the 7-inch springform pan. Place a whole pineapple slice in the center of the pan, and add a whole cherry into the center of the pineapple slice.
  • Cut the remaining slices in half and arrange around the whole piece, place a whole cherry in the center of each slice.
  • Arrange pineapple slices up the sides of the pan as well.

Cake:

  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together the softened butter, and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and coconut extract.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut milk. Beat until well combined and stir the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Pour the cake batter on top of the pineapple slices, and spread the batter evenly.

Cook:

  • Cover the pan loosely with foil on top.
  • Place the pan on a trivet with handles.
  • Add one cup of water to the pot. Lower the cake into the Instant Pot.
  • Seal, and cook on high pressure for 55 minutes. Followed by a 30-minute natural pressure release.
  • Release the remaining pressure manually, open the IP and remove the cake.

Serve:

  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes, and then invert the cake onto a plate.
  • Let cool for extra 10 minutes, slice, and serve.

Notes

  • Use canned pineapples in juice, not syrup, so the topping is not overly sweet.
  • The cherries add flavor and color but feel free to use other fruits like blackberries, chopped kiwis, and strawberry rounds to fill in the gaps. 
  • Use vanilla or yellow cake mix as a shortcut, and simply add coconut extract. 

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg
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Jo

My husband loves pineapple cake and he said this one is the best! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This cake couldn't look any more perfect! I would love to make this!

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Jen

This takes me back to my childhood. My Mom used to always make it when we had family reunions. Can't wait to try it in the instant pot.

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Amanda Livesay

I had no idea I could make pineapple upside down cake in the IP! It .turned out perfect.

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Allyson Reed Zea

This turned out so tasty and it was also so easy!

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katerina @ diethood.com

My favorite spring time dessert! I can't wait to try this recipe!

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Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

I am loving this Pineapple Upside-Down Cake!! It was incredibly delicious!

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Beth

This looks absolutely delicious! I'm so excited to give this a try! So excited to get my instant pot out to make this!

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