Indian pineapple upside down cake served with lightly whipped cream

Indian Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

45 Minutes
Serves: 6

The perfect Indian dessert, a delicious pineapple cake with an almond sponge topped with fresh pineapple, cooked in a cardamom and anise caramel in the style of an upside down cake, served with lightly whipped cream. 

Recipe Ingreds


  • 1 pod cardamom
  • 4 whole egg
  • 150 grams ground almonds
  • 1 whole orange
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 10 grams icing sugar


  • 20 grams butter
  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 90 grams caster sugar
  • 120 ml water


  • 150 ml double cream

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • peel and cut the pineapple into rings
  • line the base of the cake tin cut the base 4 cm bigger than the base
  • cut the rings to fit into the base of the cake tin

Step 2

  • place the caster sugar in a frying pan allow to melt and caramelise
  • add the star anise
  • add the water to the sauce initially it will seize but continue to cook gently and it will release

Step 3

  • add the pineapple to the frying pan
  • turn to coat the pineapple
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins
  • add a spoon of water if the caramel gets to dark
  • remove the pineapple add to the cake tin

Step 4

  • add the butter to the caramel
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the caramel to the cake tin
  • set a side

Step 5

  • set the oven to 180C 350F or gas mark 4
  • zest the orange
  • remove the seeds from the cardamom
  • crush the seeds

Step 6

  • separate the whites and yolks
  • beat 2/3 of the caster sugar with the egg yolks
  • add the zest
  • add the cardamom
  • fold in the ground almonds

Step 7

  • whisk the egg whites in the food mixer till they form peaks
  • add remaining 1/3 of the caster sugar slowly till egg white is glossy
  • fold half the whisked egg white into the cake mixture to loosen it

Step 8

  • fold in the remaining half of the whisked egg white
  • fill the cake tin with the cake mixture
  • bake for 35 mins
  • cake is ready when it start to come away from the sides
  • remove from the oven
  • Cool

Step 9

  • add the cream to a bowl
  • whisk the cream till lightly whipped

Step 10

  • remove the cake from the tin and serve upside down
  • place the cake on a serving plate
  • Dust with icing sugar
  • serve with the cream

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 bowl
  • 1 cake tin (9 inch/23 cms)
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 food mixer
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 grater
  • 2 grease proof paper
  • 2 hand mixer
  • 2 large knife
  • 1 mortar and pestle
  • 1 sieve
  • 2 small bowl

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