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Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Yellow Cake Mix 

This easy pineapple upside down cake with yellow cake mix can be prepped and baked in an hour. A cheap boxed cake mix recipe dessert with canned fruit we love. Use Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker or other brand for this easy dump cake style treat.

cake mix pineapple upside down cake

Cake mix pineapple upside down cake is the best! Such an easy dessert you can make when guests show up unexpectedly! Semi homemade but you may be able to even pull it off from scratch with the kiddos. 😉 Give it a whirl and let us know what you think! (affiliate links present)

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

We have made something similar as an Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake recipe. You may not have that machine at home, or want to make the whole box instead of half so this is how it is done in the oven. We are going to use a round cake pan for this one. You could use a bundt pan if you wanted too but the timing for round is below.

For a third version my kids love making pineapple upside down cupcakes too. I mean anything made in a hand held grab it and go kinda’ size is just so fun right? You can make all 3 versions with these same ingredients. We are going to start with the basic ingredients you might imagine, you can see them below.

How to Make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Duncan Hines

Of course you could use any flavored mix you wanted. I have in fact found pineapple cake mix from time to time but it isn’t always offered. If you can find that I’d grab a few. If not go ahead and either use yellow cake mix or white works just the same, but a different color scheme.

  • box cake mix 15.25 oz, I like Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines Moist variety
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 20 oz pineapple slices in juice and cherries jarred, stems removed
    • I use fruit slices, canned, drained but reserve pineapple juice
    • could use thin slices of fresh pineapple
  • Vegetable oil and eggs
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 9″ springform pan with parchment paper liners or 9×9″ square pan sprayed well
  • Bowl to make the cake batter

Occasionally if I am visiting the Dollar Store I can find all of these ingredients too, seriously. In that case it is less than 5 bucks for everything which I love. I will say that in general name brand mixes are more moist, I would say that Duncan Hines is my favorite if it is on sale.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Duncan Hines

How to Make Cake Mix Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Don’t worry, you will use this pan again and again if you choose to buy this style. It is a great way to flip over all the contents and not have it all fall apart. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray preferred pan with nonstick spray. (I used a round 9 inch pan for easier removal, but this recipe can be made in any 9×9 baking pan.

How to Make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Cake Mix

  • **If you use a springform pan, make SURE it is locked in place so it doesn’t leak and place it on a baking sheet, in case you have any drips + use the liners linked below).
  • Place butter in your pan and set in the preheating oven. (You can also melt the butter in the microwave then pour in your pan).
  • Open the can of pineapples and reserve the liquid into a measuring cup. 
  • Add enough water to that pineapple juice to create 1 full cup of liquid. Set aside for now.
    • In a mixing bowl, prepare the cake mix by combining boxed mix, with 2 eggs, oil and the 1 cup of pineapple/water.
  • Once the butter has melted in your pan, remove it from the oven.  Sprinkle the brown sugar with butter evenly on to the bottom.
  • Then arrange the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries over the brown sugar. (Use as many as you can fit.)
    • I usually place the cherry in the center of the pineapple slices.
  • Carefully pour batter over everything.
  • Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

What is the pineapple upside down trick?

You’ll need to let it cool for 10 minutes. Release clasp on outside of springform pan and remove. For square use a knife to release from all 4 sides by sliding it down. Place moist cake round with a plate on the top and carefully flip upside down quickly so the bottom of the cake with the fruit is now on the top of the cake. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!

Grandmas Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Grandmas Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ok so your mama probably didn’t use a ready made box of mix, but maybe she would have if given the choice. 😉 I mean sometimes we are in a hurry and need a bit of a cheater method to get it done right?? This will make one large sized round cake. If you know you will have leftovers only slice what you will eat then and there.

Should you refrigerate pineapple upside-down cake after baking?

Allow the whole thing to cool completely and you want to keep it moist after that. To do it best cover with plastic wrap so it is touching the top and sides, wrapped around the plate. Eliminate as much air as you can around the outside so it doesn’t dry out. Keep in the fridge since it does contain fruit.

The next day take a slice off, on to a plate, add a drizzle of frosting and warm in the microwave. The glaze will add moisture back into it and the heat will make it taste fresh again. 45 seconds usually does the trick to take the edge off. And that is it my friends. Kitchen hack for a quick pineapple cake at home. Everyone will love this one!

Cake Mix Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You can do something similar with other fruits after you try this one. If you have ripe nanners you should try our banana upside down cake too. Homemade or with boxed mix it comes out great and super sweet. We used fresh fruit to make this upside down peach cake which is amazing too.

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Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Yellow Cake Mix

This easy pineapple upside down cake with yellow cake mix can be prepped and baked in an hour. A cheap dessert with canned fruit we love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, easy, pineapple, upside down cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 356kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray preferred pan with nonstick spray, I line the springform with the cut round parchment paper liner. (I used a round 9 inch springform pan for easier removal, but this recipe can be made in any 9×9 baking pan. **If you use a springform pan, place it on a baking sheet, to catch a few drips).
  • Melt the butter in the microwave then pour in your pan. Open the can of pineapples and reserve the liquid into a measuring cup. 
  • Add enough water to that pineapple juice to create 1 full cup of liquid. Set aside for now. In a mixing bowl, prepare the cake mix by combining boxed mix, with 2 eggs, oil and the 1 cup of pineapple/water.
  • Once the butter has melted in your pan, remove it from the oven.  Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on to the bottom. Then place the drained pineapple slices over the brown sugar. (Use as many as you can fit.)
  • Place the cherries (stems removed) in the center and in between the pineapple slices. Carefully pour the prepared cake mix batter over everything.
  • Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cake sit on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.  Release clasp on outside of springform pan and remove. Place a plate on the top and carefully flip upside down so the bottom of the cake with the fruit is now on the top.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Yellow Cake Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 391mg17%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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Cheryl

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Cake was amazing - but spring form pan… didn’t work for me. I even threw one pan away, thinking it was the pan. My cookie sheet is a mess 😩 maybe I missed a step 🤷🏼‍♀️

The Typical Mom

Sunday 31st of March 2024

Those are finicky and if you do not completely lock them or they have warped in the dishwasher over the years it won't lock completely in place and will leak, that is why I link the high sided 9 inch round

Sara Welch

Monday 4th of March 2024

This was everything a gourmet dessert should be, and then some! Easy, tangy and delicious; exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!

Donalyn

Monday 4th of March 2024

This is a family favorite and your shortcut makes it even faster than usual!

Jacqueline

Monday 4th of March 2024

I do love pineapple upside down cake and this one looks gorgeous. Such a retro dessert.

charah

Monday 4th of March 2024

This easy pineapple upside-down cake made with yellow cake mix is always a hit! Will definitely try!

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