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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 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 Sep 26, 2023
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What is a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake?

Turn dessert upside-down in the best way possible with an Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! Super moist, soft and perfectly fluffy, a pineapple upside-down cake is a delicious and festive sheet cake dessert that’s assembled and baked with juicy pineapple slices and sweet cherries at the bottom, and vanilla cake batter on top. When the cake is flipped after baking, an impressive presentation of glistening caramelized fruit is revealed. Homemade pineapple upside-down cake is a classic party dessert for a reason!

This timeless pineapple upside-down cake recipe is one of our very favorites—we love making Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with cake mix for a simple shortcut to the tasty treat. Or, try out other variations! Serve up some Pineapple Upside-Down Mini-Cakes as a perfectly shareable picnic or potluck treat. Pineapple fans of all kinds will love our Pineapple Carrot Cake with a tangy, tropical twist.

How to Store Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Have any leftover pineapple upside-down cake? Store it in a covered container in the refrigerator. Avoid storing your cake at room temperature, because moist cakes like this tend to mold quickly—especially in humid climates! Enjoy this simple pineapple upside-down cake either warm or cool whenever you need a pick-me-up.


  • 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 (about 18 cherries)
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Melt butter in 13x9-inch pan in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted 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 40 to 46 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
    Sweetened whipped cream is the perfect topping for this delicious dessert.
  • tip 3
    Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Trick to Flipping Pineapple Upside-Down Cake?

Worried about inverting your pineapple cake upside-down? It’s easier than you think! Running the knife around the side of the pan will help loosen your cake for perfect flipping. After placing the serving plate upside-down over your cake pan, grasp both sides firmly and flip in one quick motion. Confidence makes all the difference!


360 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 58g Total Carbohydrate, 42g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of Cake
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*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™ Yellow Cake Mix. 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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