Making Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

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July 31, 2018

stack of pineapple upside down pancakesThis is a fun twist on pancakes. They are so decadent, they can be served for dessert. Caramelizing the pineapples not only gives them a nice rich flavour, but also creates a sticky toffee in the pan that you can use as a drizzle in place of syrup. When you cut into a stack of these, the little Maraschino cherries pop out onto the plate. What a lovely surprise!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 large stack (2 servings)


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 pineapple slices
  • 2 cups prepared pancake batter*
  • 3 Maraschino cherries

*I used 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix and adjusted the box directions to make the batter (I used 1 cup milk, 1 Tbsp oil, and 1 egg). You can use any pancake batter you prefer.


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, mix together butter and brown sugar.
  2. brown sugar and butter in pan
  3. Add the pineapple slices. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Pineapple added to brown sugar and butter in pan

  5. Remove from heat. The toffee sauce will thicken as you prepare pancakes.
  6. Pineapple in pan
  7. Pour some pancake batter onto a greased griddle over medium-high heat.
  8. pouring pancake batter
  9. Place a pineapple ring in the center and gentle press down on it.
  10. pressing pineapple slice into pancake
  11. Drop a cherry in the middle.
  12. adding cherry to pancake

  13. When the pancake is covered in little air bubbles, carefully flip it over and cook until golden brown and fully cooked. Continue making the rest of the pancakes.
  14. flipped Pancake on griddle
  15. The toffee sauce should now be thick. Drizzle over pancakes and serve.
  16. caramel drizzle in pan
  17. Watch the cherries jump out when you get to the middle. So cute!
  18. 1/2 eaten Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes
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