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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 12
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Wow your friends and family with this classic pineapple upside-down cake. With tasting notes that boast fruity, gooey, caramelly goodness, it's no wonder why this has been a must-make favorite for generations. In our Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe, save yourself some time with a fool-proof shortcut. With a box of Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix, you can have this impressive dessert prepped for the oven in just 15 minutes. With step-by-step directions, Betty's with you every step of the way in this incredible upside-down pineapple cake. Now just bake, flip and enjoy!
Updated May 19, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
  • 1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13x9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
  • 2
    Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  • 3
    Bake 42 to 48 minutes (44 to 53 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Serve pineapple upside-down cake with sweetened whipped cream or an 8-oz container of frozen (thawed) whipped topping (3 cups), if desired. For 3 cups of sweetened whipped cream, in chilled medium bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • tip 2
    Worried about inverting the upside-down pineapple cake? You can do it! After placing serving plate upside-down over pan, grasp firmly and flip in one quick motion. Confidence makes all the difference.
  • tip 3
    Try adding dried spices to the brown sugar and butter mixture for a new flavor twist.
  • tip 4
    Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition

380 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 57g Total Carbohydrate, 41g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of Cake
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
16g
24%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
55mg
19%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
80mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
57g
19%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
41g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Forget the idea that baking a pineapple upside down cake is time-consuming. This classic favorite has made a comeback, and it's easier than ever to make it when you’re using the cake mix you can always count on, Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™. This recipe stars a tender cake that gets baked on top of a layer of pineapple slices and cherries in a brown sugar-butter mixture, and when it gets flipped over after baking (it’s easier than you think!), the sweet syrup infuses the pineapple upside-down cake with extra flavor. We love this cake so much that we’ve developed a complete collection of pineapple upside-down cake recipes. If making this easy pineapple upside-down cake has you interested in learning more about making everyone's favorite dessert, check out Betty’s Guide to Cake-Making 101.
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