This Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake is topped with caramelized pineapples and cherries. It's simple to make by using a box cake mix, canned pineapples, maraschino cherries, and brown sugar.
Learn how to make this easy dessert recipe by using a cake mix, canned pineapples, and maraschino cherries.
Last week was kind of busy week for our family. Little lady had her first track meet, well more like a scrimmage. We finally found and bought a car for Guy. Then by the end of the week, he had 3 wisdom teeth removed.
Knowing that he wouldn't be eating much over the weekend I thought I would make one of his favorite cakes during the week. Kind of store up some of those calories that he wouldn't be taking in.
And being a typical teenager he had no problem with eating a good
Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Using a box cake mix makes it even easier to make. My little secret to making the box cake mix better is using the juice from the pineapple in replacement of water for the cake mix.
What you will need for this recipe is.
- 20 ounce Can of Sliced Pineapples and juice
- Maraschino Cherries~ enough to place inside the slice pineapples, I used 10 cherries.
- 1 Boxed Yellow Cake Mix
- 3 Eggs
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
Cupof the Pineapple Slices juice or enough water to equal 1 cup.
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
The tools that are needed to make this dessert are.
- hand mixer or stand mixer
- a bowl
- liquid measuring cup
- dry measuring cup
- rubber spatula
- 9x13 cake pan.
It's best to preheat your oven to 350℉. Now is also the best time to spray a 9x13 cake pan with cooking spray
Place the pineapple slices in the cake pan, I normally will place three across and 3 down then squeeze that last slice in somewhere.
Inside of the pineapple slices, add one maraschino cherry to each slice.
Making sure to remove the stems if there is any. I will also rinse the cherries off with water so I don't drip the juice from the cherries all over the pineapple.
Set the pan aside.
Once you have all the pineapples and cherries in the cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over them.
The brown sugar will carmelize and create a nice flavor to the pineapples and cake itself.
To add even more flavor to this cake one of our readers suggested that I add butter on top of the brown sugar.
The butter melted in with the brown sugar gave it a more golden color.
In a large bowl add your cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and pineapple juice. You can use water in the replacement of the pineapple juice.
I prefer to use the pineapple juice that was in the can with the slices. There is usually enough pineapple juice in the can to make 1 cup. If not you can add enough water to the pineapple juice to equal 1 cup.
With my hand mixer, I combined all the ingredients. Once all the ingredients start to mix I'll turn my speed up to make the batter smoother.
With the batter prepared it's time to pour it over the pineapple slices and cherries.
Place cake pan into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Turning Your Cake Upside Down
You will want to let the cake cool enough so the cake comes out of the pan. But not cooled so much that the
Run a butter knife around the edges of the cake pan to loosen the cake from the pan.
Place your favorite platter or cake stand that will hold a 9x13 cake over the top of the cake pan. With the cake stand on top of the cake turn them both over so the cake pan is on top.
Carefully remove the cake pan from the cake.
The pineapple juice that was added to the cake mix gives a bit of pineapple flavor to the moist cake.
The caramelized pineapple and cherry slices add the right amount of sweetness to every bite.
Another great My Creative Manner recipe you may enjoy is this Molten Chocolate Lava Cake. It's simple to put together in the crockpot. And it tastes amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Or if you are looking for a great Pineapple flavor drink this recipe for a Bahama Mama is so refreshing and a must-try.
This recipe is great during the week for a quick dessert.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" with simple recipe creations ~ Jen
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Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This simple pineapple upside down cake is topped with caramelized pineapples and cherries. It's quick to make by using a boxed cake mix.
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- 20 Ounce Can Pineapple Slices
- 10 Maraschino Cherries
- ½ Cup Butter Sliced
- 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
- 3 large Eggs
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Pineapple Juice or water Can use water in replacement of pineapple juice
Preheat oven to 350℉.
Spray 9x13 cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a liquid measuring cup drain the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple slices. If the juice doesn't add up to one cup then add enough water to equal one cup. Set the measuring cup aside.
Place the pineapple rings in the bottom of the prepared 9x13 cake pan. Place a cherry inside each of the pineapple rings.
Sprinkle the pineapple rings with brown sugar. Add slices of butter around in the pan.
In a large bowl add the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and the reserved pineapple juice or water. Mix all ingredients well with a hand mixer.
Pour cake batter over pineapple and cherries in the cake pan.
Place the cake in the oven and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
Let cake cool some but not too much. If the caramelized fruit cools too much it will stick to the bottom of the cake pan.
Once the cake has cool enough run a butter knife around the edges of the cake. Place a platter or cake stand that is big enough to fit the 9x13 cake pan on over the cake pan.
With the cake platter on the top of the cake pan flip them both so the cake pan is on top and the cake platter is on the bottom. Carefully remove the cake pan off of the cake.
Cut the cake into 3 by 4 slices and serve.