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pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The old-fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a simple and classic dessert that everyone loves. This recipe is an easy one courtesy of a vanilla cake mix that is jazzed up with a homemade caramel, canned pineapple rings and maraschino cherries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake recipe, pineapple upside down cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18 pieces
Calories 256kcal


  • 9x13 glass baking dish


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 20 oz pineapple rings drained and blotted dry; 1 can
  • maraschino cherries
  • 15.25 oz yellow cake mix Betty Crocker brand preferred
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a glass 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Make the pineapple-caramel topping

  • In a skillet, melt butter and sugar together. Once the brown sugar has melted into the butter and bubbled up, remove from heat and pour into prepared pan.
    pouring brown sugar mixture into a glass baking dish
  • Arrange prepared pineapple rings to the brown sugar mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. Add in maraschino cherries and set aside.
    pineapple, cherries and brown sugar mixture at the bottom of a glass baking dish
  • In a large bowl, stir cake mix together with water, oil and eggs according to package directions.
    unmixed cake mix with wet ingredients all in a glass bowl
  • Pour batter over pineapple and cherries in pan and smooth the top.
    pouring cake batter over pineapple bottom
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 28-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
    unflipped pineapple upside down cake
  • Cool 10 minutes before running a knife along the edges and flipping onto a serving platter. Cut into squares and enjoy.
    pineapple upside down cake


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg