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Pineapple-and-Cheese Upside-Down Cake

Yield 12 servings
Upside down cakes are so fun to make and this pineapple and cheese cake is no exception. The flavor combo is surprisingly tasty! Serve with a sweet Marsala.


  • 1 (20-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple slices, undrained
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons stick margarine
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons stick margarine
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 212
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • fat 7.5 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 4.2 g
  • carbohydrate 32.5 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 29 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 185 mg
  • calcium 91 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Place reserved juice and 3 pineapple slices in a blender, and process until smooth; set aside.

  3. Combine brown sugar and 2 tablespoons margarine in a saucepan; cook over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat; add 1/4 cup puréed pineapple, stirring until blended. Pour mixture into a 9-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray.

  4. Cut remaining pineapple slices in half crosswise, and arrange in a single layer over brown sugar mixture; set aside.

  5. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, cream cheese, and 2 tablespoons margarine in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until blended. Add 2 egg whites and egg, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating until blended. Stir in the remaining pureed pineapple, cheddar cheese, and vanilla.

  6. Pour batter evenly over pineapple slices. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm.