Cake Mix Hacks: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe


This beautiful pineapple upside-down cake recipe is the perfect party food for when it's your turn to bring dessert! You can also make little cupcakes too!

Looking for a delicious cake recipe for your upcoming fall parties? Have you ever tried pineapple upside down cake? It’s not nearly as hard to make as it sounds, and it’s such a big hit at parties! Trust me, if you bring this along, everyone will think you spent hours baking! The cake mix base makes it so much easier, but if you’re feeling super energetic or industrious, you could bake a cake from scratch and use that as the base too, just make sure you follow the directions below for replacing the water! Ready to get baking? Let’s see how to make this easy pineapple upside-down cake recipe!

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This beautiful pineapple upside-down cake recipe is the perfect party food for when it's your turn to bring dessert! You can also make little cupcakes too!


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  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients to bake the cake
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1 can pineapple slices in juice, reserve juice
  • 10 bing cherries, pitted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a 10-inch Springform round pan, melt butter in oven.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter. Place sliced pineapple on top of the brown sugar.  Add cherries.
  • Add water to the pineapple juice to equal 1 cup.
  • Add cake mix to a mixing bowl, following directions EXCEPT replace the amount of water the mix requires the combination of the water and juice.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour batter over the brown sugar mixture in the cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40-48 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, run a knife around the sides of the pan. Loosen the catch on the cake pan and gently lift it away from the cake.
  • Place a plate on top of the cake and flip it over so the top of the cake is the pineapple, cherries and brown sugar.  Allow the cake to cool for about 2 minutes then remove the cake pan base so the brown sugar sauce can run down the sides of the cake.

pineapple upside down cake recipe

The hardest part is letting it cool before you sneak a slice! TRY to avoid taking any for yourself before he party, though, part of the appeal of a pineapple upside-down cake is the pretty ring! You can eat the cake as is or top with vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream or more tropical fruits.

Have you ever tried making a pineapple upside-down cake before? What tips can you offer other bakers? Share in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “Cake Mix Hacks: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

  1. I’ve never tried to make pineapple upside down cake myself but my great grandmother used to make it all the time and I remember how much I loved it. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try, unfortunately I don’t have any tips for baking because I’m not too good in the kitchen but wish me luck with this cake thank you for the recipe!

  2. I used to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake all the time, but it has been awhile. I love this recipe because it uses a yellow cake mix. I will have to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing.!

  3. I’ve never made an upside down pineapple cake and I can’t believe how easy this recipe is!!

  4. I had no idea what you could do with cake mix! I just made crockpot peach cobbler with yellow cake mix over the weekend! Isn’t it fun to experiment!? This looks delicious!

  5. I love pineapple upside down cake! It’s such a treat. I haven’t tried making one though.

  6. I’ve never even thought of using pineapples IN cake! It actually sounds like a refreshing, tropical taste. I’ll have to try the recipe.

  7. I’ve never tried to make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but this looks yummy. Looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night!

  8. That sounds amazing – pinning to try!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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