A Stunning Cake You Can Make in Less Than an Hour

Pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple upside down cake doesn’t need to turn your day upside down. This decadent rendition uses a cake mix, negating numerous steps cakes fully from scratch require while saving you time and mess. The sweet, juicy pineapple slices provide the perfect contrast to the soft, crumbly cake. Adding cherries can turn it into a visual work of art. If you’re feeling creative or a member of your family isn’t keen on pineapple, swap the fruit out for fresh, sliced peaches.

Total Time: 50 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 12


  • 1 (18-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 to 3 eggs, as called for by cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil, or as called for by cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water, or as called for by cake mix
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices
  • 1 (8-ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)


  1. Heat your oven to the temperature indicated on the cake box.
  2. Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions on the box for a rectangular, single-layer cake, then set it aside.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces, and spread them across the bottom of a pan that fits the cake instructions you followed.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter pieces.
  5. Place the pan in your oven.
  6. Once the butter and sugar have melted, which should take a few minutes, remove the pan.
  7. Place pineapples slices over the melted butter and sugar.
  8. Place the cherries between the pineapple slices, if desired.
  9. Pour the cake batter over the ingredients in the pan.
  10. Place the pan in your oven, baking as directed.
  11. Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately and carefully turn it upside-down onto a large plate. (A cutting board topped with parchment paper will also work.)
  12. Let the cake cool, then serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired.


For a fruity twist, prepare the cake with fresh, ripe peach slices instead of pineapple.

For an extra fancy dessert, prepare two cakes by doubling the recipe. Once the cakes have cooled, top one with whipped cream, and more fruit, if desired, then layer one on top of the other.