Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that’s pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates

Did you have a good weekend? Yesterday was my dad’s birthday so we had a family day. It started out pouring but luckily it cleared up and we went to Belle Isle (for non-Detroiters, it’s a state park in Detroit). We visited the aquarium, conservatory, and a giant playground that Julia loved. Afterwards, we went to my parents house for some of this pineapple upside down birthday cake.

I used to cut pineapple as part of my first job at the retirement home so I consider myself pretty savvy but using my new pineapple corer made it so much easier. Perfect spirals in seconds.

A gadget I never knew I needed.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates

I used it to make fresh pineapple spirals for this cake. You can use canned pineapple if you want, but you’re already using the cake mix for a short cut so why not fresh pineapple?

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates

Here’s a quick Instagram pic from when I was putting it together so you can see how I did the sides.

pineapple-upside-down-cake-prep

Everyone liked it so I’ll call it a success!

If you want something even easier, try my slow cooker pineapple dump cake!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates

I used pineapple-orange juice in the cake batter because I knew my dad would like it but you can use plain pineapple juice or even just water if you don’t have juice.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates
5 from 1 vote

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that’s pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 medium fresh pineapple cored and sliced (10 rings) (or 20 oz can)
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 small maraschino cherries halved
  • walnut halves
  • 15.25 ounces yellow cake mix
  • 3.5 ounce instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup pineapple-orange juice or just pineapple juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add in the brown sugar and mix until combined. Pour into a springform pan.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • Lay out 7 pineapple rings across the bottom of the pan and slice the remaining rings in half and line across the sides of the pan. Place a half of a cherry into the center of each half with walnut halves in the remaining spaces.
    1 medium fresh pineapple, 5 small maraschino cherries, walnut halves
  • In a large bowl add the cake mix, pudding mix, cup of pineapple-orange juice, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix with a hand mixer on medium for approximately 2 minutes.
    15.25 ounces yellow cake mix, 3.5 ounce instant vanilla pudding, 1 cup pineapple-orange juice, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 4 large eggs
  • Pour into the prepared springform pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Once slightly cooled, flip the cake onto a cake plate and open the springform pan.

Notes

Recipe adapted from an old Duncan Hines cookbook

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic dessert that's pretty, delicious, and easy when you use a cake mix! | Persnickety Plates

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Pineapple Corer
Springform Pan

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