Apr 5, 2013

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Here's a fun little classic cake you can put together in no time. Just start with a mix and add a few additional ingredients. This sunny yellow cake topped with pineapples baked in buttery, brown sugar topping is delicious!

I baked mine in 
a deep 10" iron skillet. You could use a 13 X 9" pan, or two 9" cake pans. You'll need to adjust the number of pineapple rings if you use a different pan.


Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:
2/3 cup brown sugar
7 tablespoons butter
1 can (15 to 20 oz.) pineapple rings
Small jar whole maraschino cherries 
Moist yellow cake mix, 16 to 18 oz. size, plus eggs and oil called for on package

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in skillet over low to medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is melted. Remove from heat.

Drain pineapple rings, reserving juice. In a single layer, arrange as many rings as will fit in the bottom of skillet- I used six. Save remaining rings for another use. Place a cherry in the center of each ring. 

Prepare cake mix according to directions, except use reserved pineapple juice instead of water called for in recipe. If you don't have enough pineapple juice, make up the difference with water. Carefully pour batter over pineapple rings. Bake according to directions on cake mix.

When done, let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place cake plate over top of skillet and flip cake out onto serving plate.




This cake may have been taken to some of these great parties!

61 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love this! It will be very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe~

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and thanks for coming by! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  2. Hi Joy, I just LOVE pineapple upside down cake! My grandmother and mother always used to make this and I haven't thought about trying one. The picture Is wonderful and it looks exactly like the cakes I remember! Thank you so much for for sharing this recipe. have a great weekend! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

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    1. Cindy, thank you! I hadn't made one in forever...I had forgotten how good they were! :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorites and yours is so pretty! I found your link through "Swap n' Share Sunday" at Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Thank you! So nice meeting you- thanks for stopping in!

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  4. Thanks so much for this ! I love the concept of the blog....... combining food and history! PUD cake was a signature dish of my Mom's and so it;s really coincidental/providential, I think that I found your blog with this recipe over at Dawn's Swap N Share! What a great memory to click over here to.
    I will definitely be trying this one!

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  5. Chris, I am so happy that this triggered a nice memory for you! I would love to see your mom's recipe for this cake some day! :) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  6. I haven't made Pineapple Upside down Cake in a long time and I've forgotten how yummy this cake is:) Have a great day and thanks for sharing~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Thank you, Lynn, and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Beautiful....a great cake that can be elegant by itself!!

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  8. Gidday Joy. So glad I found you through Spatulas on Parade's blog hop. You're a woman after my own heart. I love cooking my Mum's and Nanna's recipes and those from colonial Australian women. They're easy, tasty and economical. I've followed you every way I can and if you want, you can link up some of your recipes to my linky party I have every Thursday here in Australia called "Thriving on Thursdays". We'd love to have you and learn more about old American recipes.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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    1. Anne, thank you so much- I will definitely check out Thriving on Thursdays! Can't wait to learn more about Australian culture!

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  9. Awesome, Pinned! Thanks for linking up to MM ~ Paula @Callmepmc.com

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    1. thanks for linking up to friday food frenzy too!! I have vener made this before.

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  10. Hi,

    Saw your link on This Gal Cooks Pin Me Link Party #41. I love pineapple upside down cake. Thanks for sharing!

    Reecea

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  11. Beautiful and in a cast iron skillet, perfect. Thanks for linking up at my party Swap N Share Sundays on Spatulas on Parade.
    Dawn
    recipe pinned

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! I love your new party! :)

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  12. This looks beautiful! I bet it tastes great too! Thanks for sharing at Sunday Sweeties! www.meltingmoments.net

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for hosting a great party! :)

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  13. I love this classic cake, used to bake them quite often! Your photos are very appealing!

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    1. Anita, thank you, and thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

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  14. Hi Joy! I saw this on the Swap and Share party - looks great as usual! Have a great week!

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  15. Hi Joy, this looks scrumptious ~ will have to give it a try for sure. Picking up a lot of good recipes tonight...can't wait to try them out.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Donna from www.nannydonnascorner.blogspot.com

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  16. I can't help but smile when I see pineapple upside down cake--it's so cheerful. Great photos, Joy! Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.

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  17. This is just how my momma made it - an oldie but goodie. Following your blog now - can't wait to explore all these recipes!

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  18. Gina, thank you so much! I enjoyed my visit to your blog! Thanks for the visit! :)

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing.
    This looks delish!!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  20. Hi Joy! Found you at the Bloglovin' Blog Hop. Following you now via Bloglovin' and Pinterest. I LOVE cooking blogs and almost everything I cook and especially everything I bake has a history...mostly a family history! I would love for you to visit my blog at www.musingsofavintagejunkie.blogspot.com

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    1. So great to meet you! I will visit your blog- thank you for the invitation! :)

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  21. One of my favorite cakes! Thanks for sharing on Tried and True Recipes! http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/04/tried-and-true-recipes-7.html

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  22. Stopping by from the Bloglovin party. Hi Joy, this is my all-time-favorite cake!!! What an easy recipe. I pinned this and will definitely be trying this one. Thanks, for sharing ~ Amy @ StowandTellU

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    1. Amy, I am so glad you came by- thanks for pinning! I look forward to visiting your blog! :)

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  23. I love pineapple upside down cake and instead of using a yellow cake mix I use a pineapple cake mix...that makes it extra good!

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    1. Yum! Sounds good! :) Thanks for coming by!

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  24. Yum, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for visiting NanaHood and following me. Going to do the same for you just as soon I finish this message! Have a great weekend! Teresa

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  25. Hi Joy...
    This look absolutely scrumptious! I've always love pineapple upside down cake. Stopping by to say thank you for your visit to The Big Giant Food Basket and leaving your sweet comment. Love your blog and it's recipes so I am adding you to my blogroll..yeah!
    Have a terrific weekend.
    Barbara

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    1. Barbara, thank you so very much! I look forward to visiting your blog regularly! :)

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  26. This is just how I used to make pineapple upside down cake! I came from Nanahood's bloghop - love your site, off to look at more of your recipes.

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  27. OMG, this looks so wonderful first thing in the morning, LOL. Stopping in from Let's Get Social Sunday and gladly following in more way than just FB (I was already a fan there!).

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  28. Returning a visit from Let's Get Social Sunday. So glad to be able to follow you and looking forward to all your delicious recipes!

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  29. Hi Joy,
    Coming over from @ Eclectic Red Barn to say Hi. I love all your time honored recipes. Many of my "sweet" recipes are from my grandmother and when I look at them, they don't have any directions - just ingredients. I laugh every time.
    I am following you on BlogLovin.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Bev

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  30. This sounds incredibly good right now! Pinned to try, Joy! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends!

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  31. Hi Joy,
    Your Pineapple Upside Down Cake looks delicious, I can almost taste it and will very soon! Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  32. This cake looks phenomenal!! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you! Love Simple Supper Tuesday! :)

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  33. Yummy! My Dad loves pineapple upside down cake.

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  34. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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    1. Yay! Recipe Sharing Monday is always so much fun! THANKS, Ali!! I’m very excited!

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  35. This was the worst only cuz it doesn't say save the pineapple juice it says drain the pineapple slices then the next paragraph says now with the remaining pineapple juice... so now I have to go get another can halfway thru.

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    1. Oh, bless your heart, I hope your cake was OK! I double-checked the recipe and it says, "Drain pineapple rings, reserving juice." Trying new recipes can be a challenge- sometimes I have to remind myself to read them all the way through, very carefully, before starting to bake! :)

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  36. This looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious, too! We love pineapple here, and I know I'll be making this soon! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week. :-)

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    1. Lisa, thank you, and thanks for hosting such a fun party! :)

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  37. This is another great dessert. Yours looks wonderful. I love using my cast iron skillet. I pinned it! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes Cakes & party ideas.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread.com

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  38. oh I have been craving pineapple upside down cake…perfect timing …thank you for sharing at One More Time Events

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  39. I am really looking forward to trying this one. I love pineapple upside down cake and your cake looks so moist and delicious. Thanks Joy, I am sharing this one,
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  40. One of my favorite treats of all time. We used to bake the cakes in muffin tins and used canned crushed pineapple. Yummy!

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  41. Nice recipe of pineapple upside down cake. You can try other varieties of pineapple cake at home with same Ingredients. It is easy and time consuming recipe. I am going to try this recipe.

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing this at Snickerdoodle Sunday. It looks delicious! I've never made a pineapple upside down cake. I'm putting this on my to make list now!

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  43. I've never tried cooking a cake in a skillet, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

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  44. Pineapple upside down cake always evokes such wonderful childhood memories of family get togethers, your version sounds so good! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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