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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes turn the popular dessert into a delicious breakfast (that tastes like dessert!). Each pancake has a thick slice of fresh pineapple embedded in it. The pineapple rings are precooked in butter flavored with cinnamon.


Stack of Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes on a plate.


Then dark rum and brown sugar are added to make a tropical flavored syrup for the pancakes.


It’s kind of like Pineapples Foster.


The pancake batter is cooked until almost set before a pineapple ring is added to each pancake. Put the pineapple rings on too early and the weight will cause the pancake batter to spread out too much.

To ensure the pancakes are cooked through they are baked in the oven for about 5 minutes after being removed from the griddle.

Place a cherry on top of a stack of these Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and you have a mouthwatering tropical breakfast.

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Stack of Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes on a plate.

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes turn the popular dessert into a delicious breakfast (that tastes like dessert!).
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 1 large pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Peel pineapple and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut the core out of each piece.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter with cinnamon stick over medium heat. Cook until butter starts to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add pineapple slices and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove pan from heat and add rum and brown sugar. Place pan back on heat and cook over medium-high heat until juices are thick and syrupy. Transfer pineapple to a plate and reserve syrup.
  • Heat oven to 325 degrees and set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • To make batter, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until blended.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto skillet. Let cook until bubbles form on top. Place pineapple slices on top and carefully flip pancakes over. Cook for 2 minutes and then place on prepared rack. Place rack in oven until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve pancakes with reserved syrup.


Calories: 289kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pancakes, pineapple

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Originally published on May 30, 2015.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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13 thoughts on “Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes”

  1. Never would have thought to try pineapple in pancakes but it works surprisingly well in this recipe.

  2. Tamara @ BothKitchens

    I wish I’d seen these in time for my mom’s birthday breakfast. She loves pineapple upside down cake 🙂

  3. These pancakes are so creative and such a great idea!! I’ve been craving pancakes lately and these are so fun and summery! Making them so soon 🙂

  4. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake was my favorite cake growing up. I love that you transformed this childhood favorite into a breakfast treat. These pancakes look absolutely divine. I think I would eat the whole stack.

  5. I want to come over to your house for breakfast. You make the most gorgeous and creative pancakes! Cooking the pineapple in the batter is genius! Love these!

  6. Mary @chattavore

    Oh WOW. These look amazing. What a wonderful idea to turn pineapple upside down cake into pancakes!

  7. Oh my WORD!! These look amazing!! I’m literally swooning over here! …and that pineapple sheet cake you linked? Also, MEGA YUM! Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes!! 🙂

  8. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This is so creative! I love the idea of every bite being infused with pancake and juicy pineapple flavors 🙂

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