Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

12 slices
48 min

Classic pineapple upside-down cake is one of our family’s favorites. Delicious moist fruity pineapple and cherries cake. Just a few simple ingredients and a yellow cake mix make this a quick and easy cake. Topped with ooey gooey brown sugared caramel pineapple goodness it just could not be any more delicious.

I also like to serve my famous Deviled Eggs 🐣 for special spring meals.

pineapple cake with whipped creamPineapple Upside-Down Cake RecipeWhenever I serve my pineapple upside cake, I get recipe requests. So I wanted to share with you the best pineapple upside-down recipe using a yellow cake mix.Before you begin the recipe, I would like to share some helpful tips.Baking tips

  • Preheat the oven while preparing the cake batter.
  • When baking upside-down cakes. Cut a parchment liner to fit your pan to ensure your cake turns out of the pan neatly.
  • Use the pineapple juices from the canned pineapple to replace the water in the cake mix.
  • Squeeze out the moisture from 1/8 cup canned crushed pineapple to fill in around the pineapple rings and maraschino cherries.
  • Bake according to your baking dish size.
  • Use a toothpick inserted in the center if it comes out clean it is finished baking.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before turning the cake out of the pan.

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan

Pineapple slices and cherries arrange in a pan over the butter and brown sugar mixture

Easy Pineapple Upside-down cakeTools:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cake pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Yellowcake mix
  • Saucepan
  • Pastry brush
Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Recipe details
  • 12  slices
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 28 Minutes Total time: 48 min
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  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 Large can pineapple rings
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries pitted

Drain can of pineapple rings conserving the liquid.
Drain can of crushed pineapple.
Prepare the cake mix according to directions substituting the water.
Heat butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan until butter is melted and the mixture well combined.
Using a pastry brush spread butter and brown sugar mixture in the bottom of pans.
Arrange pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar mixture.
Decorate the pineapple rings with cherries.
Pour the cake batter gently over the pineapple and cherries.
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  • Please note:
  • I add a little crushed pineapple to the areas between the pineapple rings.
  • I like to place 1/8 cup of the crushed pineapple into the cake batter after squeezing out all the moisture.
  • To ensure the pineapple upside-down cake toppings stays on when you turn it out of the pan I cut a circle of parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan as my first step.
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  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 12, 2021

    Is the cake mix a 9X13 size? and is the pan an 8 or 9". That won't work out, correct?

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    • Martha Macias Martha Macias on Apr 14, 2021

      I used my 9 x 13 baking pan and it came out perfect. Delish!! 😋 Thank You for the recipe. My family loved it! I will definitely be making it again.

  • Suekingsley Suekingsley on Mar 21, 2021

    The recipe says prepare the cake mix substituting the water. Substituting the water with what?