Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Geek Eats: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe From Magic Kingdom

July 18 is DOLE Whip Day. This celebration of all the wonderfulness that is the DOLE Whip is a great day to stop by your Disneyland or Magic Kingdom for the classic DOLE Whip, make one at home, or try to make one of the other DOLE Whip offerings that have been created through the years. Ahead of DOLE Whip Day, Disney has shared a recipe for the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake that is found at Aloha Isle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

The Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is Aloha Isle and is even better when topped with DOLE Whip. Check out how to do this below in the recipe and then read more about the origins of the DOLE Whip and the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Topped with Frozen Pineapple Treat Inspired by DOLE Whip 

Disney Parks and Resorts 

Serves 6 


Topping Ingredients 

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices in 100% pineapple juice (DOLE recommended), 6 tablespoons of pineapple juice from can (reserve for use in cake)  
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 6 maraschino cherries 

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Ingredients 

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder  
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 6 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice 
  • 2 tablespoons milk  

Frozen Pineapple Treat Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup pineapple juice, divided (DOLE recommended) 
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (DOLE recommended) 
  • 1 cup dairy-free vanilla ice cream 


For Topping 

  1. Lightly grease 8 ounce ramekins with butter and place on baking sheet. Set aside.  
  1. Drain pineapple rings, reserving 6 tablespoons juice for pineapple upside-down cake.  
  1. Combine melted butter, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground ginger in small bowl and stir until smooth. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar mixture in the bottom of each ramekin. Place pineapple ring in each ramekin and add a maraschino cherry to the center of each pineapple ring. Set aside.  

For Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: 

  1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a medium bowl and set aside.  
  1. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth.  
  1. Add reserved pineapple juice and half of reserved flour mixture and beat on low speed until smooth. Add milk and remaining flour mixture and continue mixing for 1 minute until batter is smooth.  
  1. Spread 1/3 cup batter on top of pineapple in each ramekin.  
  1. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  
  1. Remove cake from oven and cool for 3 minutes. Run a knife or offset spatula around the edge of each cake. Carefully turn ramekins onto wire rack and gently lift. Cool. 

For Frozen Pineapple Treat: 

  1. Place 1/2 cup pineapple juice, frozen pineapple, and dairy-free vanilla ice cream in blender and blend until smooth – do not over blend.  
  1. If the mixture is too thick, add 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice at a time.  
  1. Scoop onto Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and serve immediately.  

Always use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents. 

Please supervise children who are helping or nearby. 

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. 

The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. 

The DOLE Whip’s origins date back to 1984. It was then that Dole Packaged Foods created the DOLE Pineapple Whip for The Walt Disney Company. The first place it was served at was Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom. The Pineapple Upside-Down Cake became popular thanks to DOLE after it sponsored a contest. The contest was for pineapple recipes. This came after the found of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, James Dole, hired Henry G. Ginaca to create a machine that would peel and core pineapples automatically.

Once the pineapples were peeled and cored, they could be sliced into rings so that they would easily fit into a can. Unsurprisingly, this led to more canned pineapple being available and also the need for what to do them i.e. more pineapple recipes. Canned pineapple can still be found in grocery stores today.

One recipe that uses canned pineapple is the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. It features pineapple slices on the top of each individual cake. The pineapple juice from the can that is added to the cake batter adds even more pineapple flavor to the cake while also moistening it!

What did you think of the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe? Have you had a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake at Magic Kingdom before? How was it? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!