Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside_down_cake Confession…I use boxed cake mix (sometimes). It is a huge time saver.
Let me splain, I never use a cake mix “Un Doctored”.
You have to add some extra stuff to a box cake to make it good and this Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is the perfect example.
Sure, Pineapple Upside-Down cake is nothing original but that doesn’t discount the fact that that it is a delicious classic. Well, anything with melted butter and brown sugar as a topping is an instant classic to me.

1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 1/3 cup Pineapple Juice
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
3 large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2/3 cup butter
1 2/3 cup brown sugar
1 (20 oz) can Sliced Pineapple
Maraschino Cherries
Preheat oven to 350.
In a small sauce pan melt the butter.
Pour the butter into into a 9 x 13 pan and sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter.
Arrange the pineapple slices in the pan in nice little neat rows. Add 1 cherry in the middle of each pineapple slice.
In a mixer bowl, mix cake mix, pineapple juice, oil, eggs and vanilla on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Pour the cake batter into the pan over the pineapple.
Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cook in the pan for 5 minutes. Invert onto your serving dish.


  1. 1
    VeggieGirl says:

    Cllllllassic family favorite cake there!

    No worries about your confession 😉

  2. 2

    Oooooo yours looks like mine! I love pineapple upside down cake, I haven't made it since last year. My MIL asks me for it everytime she visits LOL

    And there's nothing wrong with using a box mix sometimes! 🙂

  3. 3

    Mmmmmn! I use doctored cake mixes too and they are very convenient.

  4. 4

    Actually, besides carrot, pineapple upside-down cake is my favorite! And hey, there's nothing wrong with a little cheating…that's how I got through 9th grade Geometry 🙂

  5. 5

    Yup, cheating is great. I just made boxed brownies and added 1 cup of toffee pieces, then icing and toasted pecan pieces. Mmmm. Besides we have to keep everyone guessing.

  6. 6

    Looks good! Can't wait to eat this 😀

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    Ciao Chow Linda says:

    Pineapple upside down cake was my favorite cake growing up. My mother always made it for my birthday and she used a box mix. My favorite part was licking the spoon after it was dipped in the brown sugar and butter.

  8. 8

    Loving the looks of this. I use the cake mix quickie with add ins myself quite often. I find most are foolproof and easy. Time savers too!

  9. 9

    Yum! I've never made a pineapple upside down cake before – this looks delicious.

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    This is my moms favorite cake! I'll have to make this version for her birthday : )

    By the way, I was so stoked to see your "printer-friendly" versions! I set one up for myself ASAP. I have been looking for one for months, you saved e a ton of time!

  11. 11

    Lesley, nothing wrong with boxed cake mix. Your PUSD cake looks fantastic!

  12. 12

    I love quick simpler cakes. This look incredible. It is my husbands FAVORIIITE!

  13. 13

    I love pineapple cake, especially with some rum in it!

  14. 14

    as long as you dress it up real nice like you’ve done here, i absolutely have no problem with the use of a boxed mix. your finished product is classic and looks heavenly!

  15. 15

    yummmy yummy!! those pineapple upside down cake makes me melt!! love it! I think it's great to use cake mix specially when we add up our own twist on it!

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    ***Holly*** says:

    Very pretty! Nothing wrong with "semi-homemade!" 😉

  17. 17

    I used boxed cake and Doctor 'em up call 'em my own! Nothin' wrong with that!!
    Hubby loves Pineapple upside down cake! Me not so much! I'm a chocolate Girl all the way. Yours looks fabu though!!!
    Your a genius Les!! 🙂
    hope your feeling better and the crud left the house!

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Using a cake mix makes the best pineapple upside down cake. Thats how I do it Leslie. Yours looks beautiful.

  19. 19

    yeah cheating is needed when you are taking care of all those sick people in the house. did you get sick? I hope not. I love your photos, you always make it look so good.

  20. 20

    This looks yummy, but I would have to eat the whole thing. My husband doesn't like pineapple, he's crazy.

    My mom sells amazing cakes using cake mixes. She uses butter and milk instead of oil and water.

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    Smitten Sugar says:

    I love pineapple upside down cake! And you are right, cake mixes are time savors and you can always add in some extras to make it more homemade 🙂

  22. 22

    i'm with you, cake mixes are awesome when mixed with other things. i LOVE this cake!

  23. 23

    Gotta love the close-up on that classic cake! This one's still one of my favorites.

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    You're right, it's a classic. But it's so delicious that we never get tired of it! I ate so much of it when I was younger, it always takes me back in time when I see one 🙂

  25. 25

    Hey, I'm all about taking shortcuts! So, I've got no problems with cake & brownie mixes.

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    Coconut Recipes says:

    Looks yummy…

  27. 27

    I hardly ever have pineapple upside down cake, but love it. Thanks for the easy, scrumptious looking recipe. Love the juice in the cake mix!Can't beat stocking up on those cake mixes when they go on sale!

  28. 28

    I love boxed cakes – maybe because I grew up on them! Your cake looks delicious – it's one my mom's favorite cakes. Was your "splain" a reference to "I Love Lucy"? – I love that show 🙂

  29. 29

    I am glad you got my "splain"
    I thought people would think I didnt know how to spell!!!

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    Little Miss Baker says:

    This sounds sooooo tasty!! I will have to test this out myself 🙂

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    WizzyTheStick says:

    Hey! A little cheating doesn't hurt in the kitchen. I cheated too as I posted this week. BTW I don't honestly know anyone who doesn't use a box mix for their pineapple upside down cake.

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    Fahrenheit 350° says:

    Anything with pineapple is an instant classic to me! This looks lovely! If you are baking are you feeling better?

  33. 33

    I am allergic to pineapple, so sad!

  34. 34
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    This looks great.. I have a recipe similar to this somewhere in a very safe place!! Thanks for the reminder at how wonderful this is!

  35. 35

    Yum! Cake mix or not, it sounds good to me =D.

  36. 36

    You might sound like Sara Leigh on Food Network, but you are waaaay prettier and more talented 🙂

    I was told in Culinary School that I was good at finding short cuts when we were out of some ingredients…cake mixes rock!

  37. 37

    Doctored-up cake mixes are the best, no worries about dryness and taste! The best time saver!

    Lovin' your pineapple upside down cake!! Looks delicious!!

  38. 38

    Mmmm, I've eaten this and it's yummy…doctored cake mixes are great time savers and produce some delicious desserts!

  39. 39

    Leslie my dear there is nothing wrong with using cake mixes, think about has everything you need right in the box and it makes things so much faster and easier. This cake looks amazing.

  40. 40

    I haven't eaten this cake in years! Now I have a huge craving for it! It looks sooo good!

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    Coleen's Recipes says:

    Beautiful photo of a classic cake!!

  42. 42

    If you use Naturally Nora cake mix then perhaps you won't feel so guilty about using a box mix? She's got all real ingredients in her stuff…meaning you can read and recognize what's in it…..flour, sugar, etc. No words ending in -ose, -ate or -ium. You can order them from Amazon if you don't have them in your area btw!

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    Multi-tasking Mommy says:

    Confessions are good!

    I LOVE the taste of boxed cake, just always searching for homemade recipes that taste the same and can never find a white/yellow one! I have a great chocolate one.

  44. 44

    I love pineapple upside down cake! All-time favourite.


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