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Piña colada upside-down pineapple cake

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With flavours inspired by the creamy piña colada cocktail, this impressive upside-down pineapple cake recipe is a retro favourite remade. Give it a go this weekend.

  • Serves8
  • Cook time1 hour 25 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + standing time
Piña colada upside-down pineapple cake


  • 1/4 cup (45g) coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) honey
  • 822g can pineapple slices in juice, drained reserving juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut rum or extra reserved pineapple juice
  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar, extra
  • 1/2 cup (90g) coconut sugar, extra
  • 3 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups (200g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (20g) desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) coconut milk

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm (base measurement) round cake pan. Line with baking paper. Place combined sugar, honey, 1/4 cup (60ml) reserved pineapple juice and 1/4 cup (60ml) rum or extra reserved pineapple juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 mins or until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 mins or until the mixture thickens. Pour 2 tbs syrup into the prepared pan.
  2. Step 2

    Cut pineapple slices in half. Pat dry with paper towel and arrange over the base of the pan. Use an electric mixer to beat butter and combined extra sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift over combined flour and coconut. Stir to combine. Stir in coconut milk and remaining 1 tbs rum or reserved pineapple juice. Carefully spoon mixture into the pan and smooth the surface.
  3. Step 3

    Bake for 11/4 hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 10 mins before inverting the cake onto a serving plate. Drizzle with the remaining syrup. Store the cooled cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

    Swap me: Got brown sugar in the pantry? Use it instead of coconut sugar in this cake.