How to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside down cake brings up memories of the 1970’s for me but this classic cake goes way back. The history of pineapple upside-down cake dates back to the early 20th century and is closely tied to the rise of canned pineapple and the emergence of convenient home baking.

Did you know…..

  1. Early Recipes:
    • One of the earliest known recipes for pineapple upside-down cake appeared in a promotional recipe booklet by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole) in the 1920s.
    • The booklet aimed to promote canned pineapple and provided the recipe as a way to showcase the product’s versatility.

Another thing about Pineapple Upside Down Cake is:

  1. Popularity and Enduring Appeal:
    • The Great Depression era further popularized pineapple upside-down cake because it was a simple, economical dessert that could be made with readily available ingredients.
    • Its appeal grew over the years, becoming a staple in American home baking and an iconic dessert for special occasions.

How to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Recipe by melanieshousetohome@gmail.comCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix

  • 1 jar (6oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained

  • Vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix box.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree. In a 13 x 9 inch pan, melt the butter in the bottom and sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the melted butter.
  • Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer into the bottom of the pan and put a cherry in the center of each slice.
  • Add a little water to the reserved pineapple juice to total one cup of liquid. When following the directions to mix the cake substitute plain water for the pineapple juice/water mixture.
  • Mix the cake batter per the directions on the box and pour it over the pineapple and cherries.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • When cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately use a knife to loosen the cake. Flip it over onto a serving tray.
  • Let it cool from here and enjoy!

Recipe Video

More about Pineapple upside down Cake:

  1. Cultural Significance:
    • The cake’s association with the 1950s and 1960s “retro” aesthetic has contributed to its nostalgic charm and enduring popularity in modern times.
    • The cake has also made appearances in popular culture, including movies, TV shows, and literature, further solidifying its status as an American classic.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy to make Pineapple Upside down cake!!

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