Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Pineapple upside-down cake is my favorite upside-down cake . This classic dish never goes out of style and is definitely a party favor. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a throwback to the 1920s when canned foods were all the rage. It’s beautiful, glittering slices of sweet, sticky caramelized pineapple sitting happily on a soft, white butter cake. This cake asks to be served warm from the oven, with or without a spoonful of lightly whipped cream.

The recipe is a white butter cake with a hint of pineapple on wonderful caramelized pineapple. Caramelized pineapples are made by melting butter and brown sugar and dipping pineapple rings in it. These pineapple rings are placed in the pan with maraschino cherries in between (I didn’t use any because I didn’t have any, but it looks really good). Then pour the cake batter on top and bake. The mixture of butter and pineapple will create the juicy brown sugar filling on your cake when you turn it over before serving. It’s the best part of the whole cake, believe me and it’s beautiful. The cake batter is made with cardamom powder and pineapple juice . The cardamom powder really gives the cake a different twist.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 7-8 maraschino cherries cut in half
  • 1 large can of pineapple slices drained
  • 4oz unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pineapple juice  you can use juice from canned pineapple if it's real juice and not syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box yellow cake mix


  • Whisk the cake mix with the eggs, pineapple juice, vegetable oil and applesauce until smooth.
  • Place parchment paper in the cake tin (cut to size). then spray lightly with baking spray.
  • Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the brown sugar and start stirring. When brown sugar and butter start to bubble, pour evenly into both cake pans.
  • Place pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar/butter mixture and half a maraschino cherry (cut side up) in the center.
  • Pour half of the prepared cake batter into each cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 28-30 minutes or the cake is done. Turn the cake onto a plate or


  1. Lisa

    Hi! The text mentions using cardamom in the Pineapple Upside Down cake, but in the recipe itself, cardamom isn’t in the ingredients list.
    How much?

    • Linda Robey

      There is no cardamom in this pineapple upside down cake.

  2. Lupe

    Delicious receipes…..yummmy

  3. Sylvia

    5 stars

  4. Mike Neeley

    5 stars
    Great recipe

  5. Linda Robey

    There is no cardamom in this pineapple upside down cake.

  6. Robin Gibson

    Why does the recipe mention cardamom but it’s not in the recipe??
    Why does the recipe require two pans??

  7. Cecelia Tolliver

    I am new at baking and hope to surprise my family for Thanksgiving. I try very hard to follow all instructions, but your instructions are incomplete. Will you share the remaining instructions to help me bake this to perfection?

    • Carla

      This is the only the pineapple upside down cake and not the cheesecake part?

  8. Madeline Radwan

    The recipes is missing a sentence in the #5 instructions

  9. Madeline Radwan

    If it is a white butter, why use a yellow cake mix? Is this a one pan cake or two pan cake like the recipe calls for. This needs to be proof read.

  10. Lisa Voraw

    5 stars
    These are the best lok8ng recipes I have ever seen and simple instructions I must try all of them.

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