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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Classic pineapple upside-down cake is one of our family’s favorites—deliciously 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.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple cake is always a delicious treat, especially for spring dinners. I like to serve it on Easter after a meal of ham, deviled eggs, Irish Soda Bread, and roasted Brussel sprouts.

I have made this cake for birthdays and served it with whipped cream and ice cream and a cherry on top. It has fruit instead of sugary icing.

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pineapple cake with whipped cream

pineapple cake with whipped cream

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Whenever 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.


Pineapple cake ingredients

Pineapple cake ingredients

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan

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

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

Pineapple Upside-down cake

Easy Pineapple Upside-down cake


Pineapple Upside-down cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This super moist quick pineapple upside-down cake will be a fast favorite since it is easy and delicious. They will be begging for more.
4.67 from 15 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple upside-down cake, Pineapple upside-down cake recipe, upside-down cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 374kcal


  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 Large can of pineapple rings
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries pitted


  • Drain a can of pineapple rings, conserving the liquid.
  • Drain a can of crushed pineapple.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the directions, except use the conserved pineapple liquid instead of water.
  • Heat butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined.
  • Using a pastry brush, spread the butter and brown sugar mixture in the bottom of the pans.
  • Arrange pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar mixture.
    Use drained crushed pineapple to fill in around the pineapple rings.
  • Decorate the pineapple rings with cherries.
  • Pour the cake batter gently over the pineapple and cherries.


Mixing bowl
Cake pans
Mixing spoon
Silicone pastry brush


Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

This quick pineapple upside-down cake is one of your favorite go-to recipes. 
Please note:
  • I added a little crushed pineapple to the areas between the pineapple rings.
  • I like to place 1/8 cup of crushed pineapple into the cake batter after squeezing out all the moisture. 
  • To ensure the pineapple upside-down cake toppings stay on when you turn it out of the pan I cut a circle of parchment paper to line the bottom of as my first step. 


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
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Monday 18th of September 2023

Is all of the butter mixture used for this recipe?? It seems like a lot


Monday 20th of February 2023

Does this recipe use 2 cake pans? Thank you

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