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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

An old-fashioned fave is made easier with a super simple cake mix! This cake hides its quick prep -- youd swear its made completely from scratch.

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 1
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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
1 1/4
cup water (for cake mix)
cup butter, melted (for cake mix)
eggs (for cake mix)
cup butter (for topping)
cup packed brown sugar
whipped cream garnish, if desired
maraschino cherries 9 without stems (optional)
slices pineapple from 14-oz. can, drained


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 9 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup butter into baking dish and melt in oven. Remove from oven and sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange pineapple rings over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple ring.
  • 2 Prepare cake mix with water, 1/2 cup melted butter and eggs according to package directions. Divide in half. Pour half (about 2 cups) over pineapple and cherries. Use other half as desired (bake separately or use in second upside-down cake recipe).
  • 3 Bake cake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture drizzles over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.
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Retro Recipe Redo  

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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Retro Recipe Redo is a new Quick Dish series that gives old recipe faves a mini makeover so they're easier and quicker for today's busy cooks.

This week's recipe redo: Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! Sharing DNA with its grandma that's made from scratch, this younger version starts with a Betty Crocker cake mix for quick prep so you can make it on the fly.

Easy Recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A faithful Tablespoon Facebook follower suggested we redo a pineapple upside-down cake last week when we debuted our RRR series with a Fruit-Bottom Cake recipe. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake -- of course! The original retro recipe!

So, I looked up the buttery retro from-scratch recipe and made it just the same -- except I used a Betty Crocker cake mix instead of making the cake part from scratch. OMG. Delish wish on a plate. In-cred-i-ble.

I could end this article right here, cuz that's about how easy this new-fashioned version of this old-fashioned fave is:

How to Make Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Not kidding. That's it. Easy or what?

So, all that's left is to snag some cake-eating buddies and start inhaling this dessert while it's still warm. Plop whipped cream on top, if you'd like. Or not. It's a sweet, soft, caramel-covered delight even on its own.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe


  • Lower the fat: Cut the butter down to 1/4 cup for the brown-sugar topping mixture if you really, really must. I looooove butter, so I kept it at the old-fashioned proportion, but (as much as I hate to admit it) the recipe works great either way.

  • Flavor the water: Instead of plain water, use water plus juice from the pineapple can and maraschino cherries jar to add up to the same liquid measurement for the cake batter.

  • Add other fruit: Peaches or blueberries or other stuff work with (or instead of) the pineapple. Experiment!

  • Oh, nuts! Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts over the brown sugar to add the crunch you love.

  • Gluten free: Yep, there's even an easy gluten free version that starts with a Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix. 

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