Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


I couldn't let this weekend go by without a baked treat, so today I finally took out this pineapple upside-down cake recipe from my recipe album to share with you, especially for the following reason: just before yesterday my youngest daughter told me she didn't know how easy it was to bake using cake mixes. She was surprised to know you only need eggs, oil and water to make a complete cake batter in just two minutes. For her it was MAGIC! We see these boxes at the supermarket all the time, so I couldn't believe she didn't know the how-to for the cake mixes. I can't blame her because ever since she was three years old, I stop using cake mixes and have been baking everything from scratch.
 

A special cake to give as a gift does not need to be overly elaborated, it just needs to be made with love and of course it should taste delicious. I believe that even when we have learn to make our own cakes, these mixes are still great, and can bail us out anytime we have little time to prepare a cake.

I’ve had this pineapple upside-down cake recipe since 1994 and it is a keeper for generations to come, because it is a cake mix cake made special by using pineapple juice instead of water, and adding a pineapple, cherry, brown sugar and butter topping.  It's a scrumptious and irresistible cake, you'll see!


I grew up baking and loving these cakes, so today I was happy to teach my daughter the "magic" of cake mixes. We enjoyed baking and savoring this delicious "magical" treat together. You are still in time for baking a cake today or this upcoming family Sunday when we celebrate Mother's Day here in Dominican Republic. To all those who like to bake but do not have much experience in baking, I recommend this recipe to you and hope you make it one of your first baking attempts. For those that are experience bakers, I invite you to try it as well, I am sure you'll enjoy its taste. Happy Baking!






Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe 
(adapted from Betty Crocker)

Ingredients:
¼ cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple or chunks in juice, drained and juice reserved.
1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
1 package yellow cake mix
Oil and eggs as called for on cake mix package directions.


Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Melt butter in 13x9 inch pan in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter.  
2. Arrange pineapple slice and cherries oven top; press gently.  
3. Add enough water to pineapple juice to measure 1¼ cups. Make cake batter as directed on package-except use pineapple juice mixture instead of the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.  
4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately turn pan upside down onto heatproof serving plate; leave pan over cake 1 minute. Serve warm or cool. Store loosely covered.

Note: High altitude (3500-6500 ft): Grease and flour pan. Stir 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour into dry cake mix. Bake 45-50 min.


Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.


Have a marvelous day!

23 Friends Have Comment:

  1. Mari Me encanta, yo tambien lo hago con cake mix, la unica diferencia es que le pongo una cajita de pudding mix a la masa y mezclo el jugo de pina con Rum :-) tambien uso mantequilla en lugar de aceite....que bello te quedo....este cake es divino, ideal para llevar a una barbacoa ahora para el verano.

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    1. Buenísimos consejos, Ludmila. Lo voy a intentar. Pensé en el ron pero como ere más para las niñas que para mi no lo use. Muchas gracias.

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  2. Your cake looks delicious!

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  3. What a gorgeous cake! Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorites. :)

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    1. Thanks Lindsey. It's no surprise it ia a favorite, because it's delicious :)

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  4. I've never made anything like this and must do it! Some days call for ease. It's gorgeous and scrumptious and your daughter is just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Claudia :) I am sure you'll like this cake.

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  5. Mari, you have a truly beautiful daughter. She is going to cherish all the cooking and baking skills you have taught her. That cake is a perfect way to share your love of baking and to celebrate the mom's in our life. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Julie :) She loved this baking experience, and looks forward to making more cake mix treats.

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  6. What a gorgeous cake and a gorgeous daughter making it! The cake looks incredibly good! I just discovered how much I like pineapple in cake.

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  7. I've made pineapple upside down cake with a mix (I added a little rum to the brown sugar on the bottom--ooo la la! lol) -- it's so nice to have recipes like this for when you don't feel like baking from scratch! I love how you made little flowers with the pineapple and cherries-so cute!

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  8. This definitely looks easy - and delicious!

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  9. It looks so moist! I just bought goodies to make this yummy cake, it is one of my favorites! I just tried one that was made on the grill, so good:-) Hugs, Terra

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  10. It looks perfect and extremely tempting! That is a dessert I adore. It brings back childhood memories...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. Wow what a gorgeous cake. Your daughter is so beautiful.

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  12. Mari,
    1. Yr daughter is gorgeous.
    2. Yr daughter is talented like her mom.
    3. Do you have a recipe for Chow Fan or fun? I hear it is a Dominican recipe?
    4. This cake is so delicious looking, I wanted to just at my screen. I'm making something like it for a BBQ party I'm attending in June..Can't wait.
    Jackie..xoxo

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    1. Thank you,....Thank you! Yes, I have the chowfan recipe. It's a rice dish, I believe you did it once, here is the link: Chowfan. I do recommend this easy upside cake, I believe it's perfect to take to a BBQ! Hugs

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  13. Your daughter looks so beautiful..and nothing like teaching your kids cooking and baking skills..hope she carries your legacy, Mari!
    Warm hugs.

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  14. Hi Mari I love this cake it tastes super good, but when I did it mine didnt come out as pretty as yours
    The bottom got stuck to the pan :( what did I do wrong? Please help me!

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    1. Anonymous - Maybe you needed to let the cake bake a little more. Although not necessary, next time lightly grease and flour pan before sprinkling with sugar and butter, it should help.

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