Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hands down this is one of my favorite desserts that I make, but it’s soooo not healthy. I try not to make it but 2-3 times a  year.

Box of yellow cake mix (I think it calls for 3 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 cup water)
1 cup of pineapple juice (I use the juice I drain on the pineapple)
1 can of Pineapple slices in 100% juice NOT syrup!!
Maraschino cherries (optional)
1 cup of brown sugar (I’ve used both dark and light)
1 stick of unsalted butter

Preheat oven according to directions on cake mix (I believe 350 degrees)
In a bowl mix together your cake, eggs, oil, and pineapple juice..set to the side
In  your cake pan, melt your butter. (I usually cut the butter into little pieces and set the pan on the stove and it usually heats it enough to melt it.)
Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly all around the pan (I also spread mine out with a spoonula).
Place your pineapple slices evenly in the butter/brown sugar mixture.
Then place your cherries where ever you want. I like a lot of them.
Pour your batter over top of all and make sure it covers everything, spread it out if you need to.
Bake according to directions on back of cake mix box. (mine said 34-38 minutes…I cooked it for 38 minutes and it was perfect)
After the cake is done, flip it over on a plate (I cover mine with foil, it’s just easier) and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes…and eat! The middle of mine always seems to fall a bit, but it still tastes good!

It’s sooo good and very buttery/rich, you could probably use 1/2-3/4 of a stick and be okay…I just go all out and use the whole thing, it’s worth it. I promise



  1. cheryl lister says:

    Know what you mean about not healthy, but it does have some fruit! I like to add some chopped fresh rosemary to the pineapple topping – adds a nice fresh nte to the flavors.

  2. md kennedy says:

    My mother used t make this when we were kids and I always though there was something “magic” involved. Thanks for showing me how easy it is – on the menu for this coming week!

  3. I love Pineapple Upside down cake. Thanks for the recipe. I needed a good recipe for this.

  4. Sherry Compton says:

    A great indulgence for a special treat. We can’t be healthy all the time…sometimes we need the extras. My husband would love this. Who cares if the middle falls as long as it taste good.

  5. Brittany F. says:

    This is our favorite cake to eat too. We only make it once a year for my husband’s birthday.

  6. yum! love pineapple cake

  7. My hubby loves pineapple upside down cake. Did this get mushy? He doesn’t like when it’s too mushy! I haven’t found a good recipe yet to prevent that – I’ll try this one!

  8. It looks very festive and traditional!

  9. Sherry Compton says:

    Simple, common ingredients in a dessert my husband loves. Sounds great!

  10. tiffany dover says:

    you know, I’ve never truly been a fave of pineapple upside down but your picture and recipe make me think twice. It does look delish!

  11. This sounds like a great recipe for the holidays, it is probably much healthier than many desserts and it is sooo good! I haven’t had this in so long!!!

  12. Jessilee Raub says:

    This looks great, i just recently found that i enjoy pineapple upside down cake, will def have to try making this.

  13. Julie Wood says:

    This is the same recipe I used to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake when I was a teenager. I made this cake all the time. My family and I just love it. I have not make this cake in years, and I need to make it again. Thanks for the recipe, and it does bring back happy memories of my mom and I making this together!

  14. I love pineapple upside down cake so much. I pinned this to make it later.

  15. i use a very similar recipe, but i also add a couple of tablespoons of mayo to the batter for moistness. this is also delicious with fruit cocktail as the fruit instead of pineapple.

    tammy ramey

  16. This looks so good!!! I am making it this weekend!!!

  17. OMG I love this cake. My aunt used to make this all of the time and Toll House Cookies.

  18. I haven’t had this in forever and just may have to change that after seeing your pic. Loooks so good!

  19. This looks delicious and I know my family will love it! Thank you for sharing!

  20. M.Clark says:

    I haven’t had pineapple upside down cake in years, I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Yum, yum, yum looks great!

  22. I love pineapple upside cake and have not had it in years. Thank you so much for sharing this

  23. Deborah D says:

    this looks god. i am going to make it.

  24. Used this recipe several times. It’s our favorite, but I add a drained can crushed pineapple in between pineapple rings. My husband likes more pineapple.

  25. This recipe is so good. I finally made it and my family loved it. Thank you again for sharing

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