Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipes

Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
June 12, 2012
Finished CakeIt's pineapple season! My mother bought me several pineapples at only a dollar each and I didn't know what to do with it all so I decided to throw them into this cake. I've always used canned pineapples for my upside down cakes but this version with freshly cut ones tasted amazing and is so very easy to make. Try it with canned or fresh, you'll love it either way!



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 a fresh (cleaned) pineapple or 1 can pineapple slices
  • maraschino cherries for centers of pineapples, optional


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
    • If you don't want to make this cake from scratch, a box of yellow cake, mixed to directions, will do fine!


      Put butter and brown sugar in a frying pan and melt until it boils or bubbles. I use a cast iron pan because it's heavy and cooks every evenly. I just move it from stove top straight to the oven.

      Butter and Sugar Topping

      Place pineapples in butter and sugar mixture. If you're using cherries, pop them in too. Put some smaller pieces of pineapple lined up the sides of the frying pan (standing up on edge). If you're not using a pan that can go into the oven, pour all this into a cake pan and arrange your pineapple accordingly.

      Pineapple Topping

      Prepare the cake mix batter by combining the ingredients and beating for one minute. Pour batter over pineapples and bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes. Test center with toothpick. Batter Over Topping


      When cake is done, loosen edges with a butter knife. Remove from heat and allow to rest five minutes, then turn it upside down on a serving dish.


      By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 306 Posts
January 10, 2011

This really is quick and easy and you can substitute any fruit. Mix cake as directed and set aside. Melt butter in sprayed 9x13 pan then add the brown sugar, remove from heat.


Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 216 Posts
November 18, 2011

This unusual cake is just wonderful for breakfast or brunch. The addition of cornmeal gives the cake a delicious taste and texture, and the layers of pineapple an extra boost.


Gold Answer Medal for All Time! 617 Answers
January 25, 2020

This is a recipe I got from a friend and it is so good. It uses eggs, canned coconut milk, and pineapples. Pineapple can be canned but it can also be fresh.


As long as you get those nice wheels at the bottom of the pan, it will work out well.

Upside Down Pineapple Cake


December 15, 2006

I love baking. I love making pineapple upside down cake but every time we would have some at work, I would see how people would struggle with the pineapple slices.


September 17, 2005

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat butter in 9x9x2 pan until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter, arrange pineapple slices on top. Place cherry in center of each pineapple.


March 10, 2006

Melt margarine, add brown sugar and pineapple. Spread in greased jelly roll pan. Beat 3 eggs until foamy. Slowly beat in 1 cup white sugar, beat until thick and fluffy. Stir in 5 Tbsp. water and 1 tsp. vanilla...


June 1, 2005

Sprinkle brown sugar over bottom of microwave round cake pan or 9 x 13 baking dish, dot with butter.



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March 27, 2013

I recently saw a recipe for pineapple upside down cake with cream cheese filling, but am now unable to find it. It was made in a springform pan with the pineapple and cherries on the bottom, half the cake mix, cream cheese filling, remaining half of cake mix. Does anyone have this recipe?

By Diebold


March 29, 20130 found this helpful

Pineapple Upside - down Cheesecake

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 #2 can sliced pineapple, well drained


20 maraschino cherries, drained
1 lb. creamy cottage cheese
1 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. grated lemon rind
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 eggs, separated
3/4 c. sugar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. heavy cream, whipped with 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar

Butter heavily the side of a 9 inch springform pan. Turn pan on side. Sprinkle with crumbs. In a bowl, mix the light brown sugar and melted butter. Sprinkle the bottom of pan with mixture. Arrange pineapple slices and cherries on bottom, filling in all the spaces. Use remaining fruit for garnish.

In the blender, beat the cottage cheese and cream. In mixer, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, lemon rind and lemon juice. Gradually add the cottage cheese mixture, blending well. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture. Pour over the pineapple. Place pan on large piece of foil for leakage.


Bake in a moderately slow oven (325 degrees) until cake tester inserted in center comes away clean. Turn off heat. Allow to remain in oven until oven is cold (2 hours). Remove to rack. When cold, carefully release cake with spatula from side of pan. Place serving dish over cake, turn upside down. Remove outer ring and bottom. Refrigerate. Garnish as desired. Serve in wedges with whipped cream and confectioners' sugar mixture.

March 29, 20130 found this helpful

It is on the site just

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June 13, 2013

Can I make a pineapple upside down cake from a box of Tres Leches cake mix?

By betty


April 14, 20200 found this helpful

Of course you can! Cake mix is cake mix. Mix the batter and then prepare your pineapple combination for layering bottom of pan. Pour the prepared batter over pineapples and bake until golden brown. Should be great!!!

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January 10, 2011

Melt the shortening and butter in greased and floured 8 inch round pan. Add the brown sugar to the shortening and butter.


May 13, 2010

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Arrange slices in a 9x13 inch pan. Place cherry half in center of each.


March 30, 2010

Melt butter in 9x9 inch pan. Spread brown sugar evenly in pan. Arrange pineapple slices on sugar, filling in spaces with pecans.


November 3, 2009

Melt butter in cake pan. Add brown sugar and let dissolve. Lay in slices of pineapple. Stir together a yellow cake mix, using pineapple juice with the water.


November 3, 2009
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November 3, 2009

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in 12 inch nonstick ovenproof skillet over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in sugar.


November 3, 2009

This is the 1925 winner of the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. Recipe Contest. I've had this recipe forever it seems, so have no idea where I obtained it.

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