Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recipe: Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Indulging in a delightful dessert has never been easier than with a Betty Crocker cake mix recipe. Today, we invite you to embark on a culinary journey to create a delectable Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

Betty Crocker has long been synonymous with convenience and deliciousness, and this recipe is no exception. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this classic dessert is sure to impress. So, now let’s dive into the world of sweet nostalgia and mouthwatering flavor.

What Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is

A Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a classic dessert that features a moist, fluffy vanilla cake topped with juicy pineapple slices and sweet cherries. The unique aspect of this cake is that it’s assembled with the fruit at the bottom, then flipped upside-down after baking to reveal a beautiful caramelized fruit topping.

This cake is not only delicious but also visually impressive. It’s a timeless dessert often enjoyed at parties and gatherings. You can make it easily using a cake mix for a quick shortcut, or explore variations like Pineapple Upside-Down Mini-Cakes or Pineapple Carrot Cake with a tropical twist for pineapple enthusiasts.

Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recipe – Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

  • Yields: Serves 12
  • Total Time: 1 Hour and 40 Minutes
  • Preparation: 15 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices in juice, drained, and the juice reserved
  • 1 jar (6 oz) of maraschino cherries without stems, drained (approximately 18 cherries)
  • 1 box of Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs, following the instructions on the cake mix box


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 325°F for a dark or nonstick pan). Allow the butter to melt in a 13×9-inch pan in the oven. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the melted butter.
  2. Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice and arrange the remaining cherries around the slices, gently pressing them into the brown sugar.
  3. Combine enough water with the reserved pineapple juice to make a total of 1 cup of liquid.
  4. Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions on the box, substituting the pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour the cake batter evenly over the pineapple and cherries.
  5. Bake for 40 to 46 minutes (or 44 to 53 minutes for a dark or nonstick pan), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Immediately run a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Place a heatproof serving plate upside down onto the pan, then turn the plate and the pan over.
  7. Leave the pan over the cake for 5 minutes to allow the brown sugar topping to drizzle over the cake, then remove the pan.
  8. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes. Serve it warm or cool, and store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

Pro Tips

  • If you like, you can accompany your pineapple upside-down cake with sweetened whipped cream or an 8-ounce container of thawed frozen whipped topping (equivalent to 3 cups). To make 3 cups of sweetened whipped cream, simply beat 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in a chilled medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • Enhance the delight of this delectable dessert with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
  • For those following a vegetarian diet, it’s important to check product labels to ensure that every ingredient used in the recipe adheres to vegetarian standards. Product formulations and ingredient origins can change over time.

How to Preserve Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

If you happen to have any remaining pineapple upside-down cake, keep it in a sealed container in your refrigerator. It’s essential to avoid leaving the cake at room temperature, as moist cakes, such as this one, have a tendency to develop mold relatively quickly, particularly in humid environments.

In the world of desserts, the Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake made with Betty Crocker cake mix stands as a shining example of simplicity meeting sophistication. With its luscious caramelized pineapple topping, moist cake, and a touch of nostalgia in every bite, this recipe is a testament to the joy that baking can bring.

Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones or savoring it all to yourself, this cake is a delightful treat that never goes out of style. So, the next time you crave a sweet escape, remember this timeless recipe – it’s a taste of happiness that’s just an oven bake away. Enjoy your journey through the flavors of this Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, courtesy of Betty Crocker.

Original recipe and image by Betty Crocker

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