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Bolo di anasa (pineapple upside down cake)

by jurinoignacio

The bolo di anasa is a traditional Antillean cake. You might know this cake under a different name, namely the pineapple upside down cake. And that’s exactly what it is! A pineapple cake that is baked upside down.

This tasty cake is surprisingly easy to make. The best part is that he makes the beautiful decorations almost by itself. As the cake is baked ‘upside down’… when you take it out of the can, it is ready and beautiful enough to serve.


For the pineapple layer:

  • 100 gr butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1 can (425 gr) pineapple slices
  • 10 candied cherries, halved

For the cake:

  • 4 eggs
  • 350 gr self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 300 gr sugar
  • 300 gr butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of almond essence


Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Now melt 100 grams of butter on low heat in a pan. Pour the melted butter over the bottom of a baking tin (24-26CM). Sprinkle 100 grams of sugar over it.

Then divide the pineapple slices over the sugar layer and place the half cherries (upside down) in the middle of the slices. Take a large bowl and beat 300 grams of butter with 300 grams of sugar into an airy whole.

Now add the eggs and the almonds essence and continue to beat until the mixture has almost doubled in volume. Add the self-rising flour, salt and baking powder to this mixture.

Stir the whole afterwards well together to get a uniform batter. Then carefully pour the batter over the pineapple slices and put it in the preheated oven.

Let the cake bake for 45-50 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean). Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes and cut the edges with a blunt knife.

Turn the cake over and remove the baking tin. – Enjoy your meal!

Recipe from our cookbook

The recipe for the real Antillean bolo di anasa is of course also published in our first cookbook, ‘Nos Kushina Krioyo’. In this cookbook, written in Dutch you will find the recipes from the traditional Antillean kitchen and of course this tasty dish should not be missed!

In addition to the classic pineapple upside down cake, you will also find other traditional dishes such as authentic stews (stobá), soups and of course fried fish with sauce. The cookbook is available on our Dutch site, antilliaans-eten.nl

Would you like to try…

Crazy about Antillean cakes? Try our famous ‘bolo di manteka’ (butter cake)!

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Alternative spelling: pineapple upside down cake, pine apple upside down cake.

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