Super Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake!


1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

a can of pineapple slices in juice, drained (reserve juice)

a few pieces of maraschino cherries without stems

a box of your favorite  super moist yellow cake mix (this makes life super easy)

Vegetable oil and eggs (called for on cake mix box)

How to:

  1. Heat oven to 176°C (350°F)
  2. Put butter in the pan (the one you are going to use to bake the cake) and put inside the oven for a few minutes, or until the butter has completely melted.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter.
  4. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and press gently into brown sugar.
  5. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice  for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  6. Bake 40 to 45 minutes  (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
  7. Run a knife around side of pan to loosen cake.
  8. Wait for about 10-15 minutes until the cake cools down a bit, and then put a plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over.  If you do not wait for the cake to cool down, the pineapples will stick to the pan.
  9. Serve warm or cool.


5 out of 5 stars!

PS:  I didn’t rate the cake myself.  The 5 stars came from Masood, my mom-in-law and brother-in-law.  I offered a little piece to two of my colleagues (because that was all that’s left of the cake), and they really liked it!

Warning:  Your house will smell sweet for at least 12 hours.


  1. It looks so beautiful! I’ve been thinking of something for dessert tonight… I think I’ve just found it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. It was really scrumptious. Look at the face of cake, it has a smiling face with red cheeks (cherry’s). I love it, and would like to have again in the weekend, please 🙂

    1. Hajar, I will share more recipes soon, inshaAllah (there’s nothing else to do during the weekends anyway; it’s too hot to go anywhere) 🙂

  3. Bhabhi, the cake is seems to be delicious. I want to eat it. But I think, till now it has finished by everyone at home. InshaAllah, when you come to Hyderabad I want that cake anyhow 🙂

    1. Welcome to the blog, Sabiha! It is such a pleasant surprise to find your comment here 🙂

      Yes, the entire cake was consumed right away. But don’t worry, I shall bake one specially for you when I visit Hyderabad next, inshaAllah.

      Miss you loads!

      1. Heehee I’m not much of a consistent blogger am I? I have a bunch of things to talk about (in a way :p) now that you mention it, I’ll update soon INSHALLAH. 🙂 thanks!

  4. Wow! The cake looks super yummy!
    I’m not good at cakes 🙁 But this pic is mouth-watering.Perhaps I should try it even if it didn’t turn out that well 🙂

  5. Oh! Nadia! You made me feel ‘fat’ already with all these superb desserts…! Do you know how fat I am right now? …. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    You win the heart of your man when you cook nice food for him. Good job, sis!!!

  6. Wow, the cake looks impressive Nadia! It’s one of my favourite cakes and one of the first few cakes I learnt to bake. Keep up the baking mood! Mine is nowhere in sight right now heheh.

    1. Thank you, Nisa! It’s my favorite cake too, except that I never baked it until now. I’m glad it wasn’t a disaster 🙂

      Let’s see how long this baking mood will last 😀

  7. oh what an apt time to land on a post that is abt cake! i hv been thinking of looking up recipes for cakes and there i hv it 😀 hmm got a pineapple can in the fridge..i guess its time i take it out 😀

    yummy pic!

    1. Mrs Umer, thank you! If you end up baking a better version, share your tips, please 🙂

      I’m trying to find mango, banana or coconut desserts that look good when photographed, lol.

  8. I gained a pound just LOOKING at the cake- THAT is how yummy it looks!

    Yummmmyyyyy… if I come to Dubai, will you please make me some?

    1. Specs, not to worry. You’ll lose that pound whilst touring Scotland 🙂

      Arey, ek baar Dubai to aao, I’ll make you anything you want, inshaAllah.

  9. Sis Nadia,

    I’d like to share this “Cutest Blog” award with you. Come to my blog and check it out.
    You deserve it.

  10. hello, nadia… happy new year to you and masood.^^

    hey, the cake look so lovely and delicious. i like the warning at the end, ahaha. hope things are going well… :]

    1. Hello, San! How are you? I haven’t seen your “online” presence for quite sometime now. I hope everything’s going well at your end. Masood and I are doing great.

    1. Don’t ask, Miss Maqsood! Just keep coming back 🙂

      I know I cheated here by using a box mix, but it’s just to make things super simple specially for baking novice such as myself who gets easily intimidated when it comes to baking cakes.

      1. Lol sure if you promise to post awesome easy peasy recipes. 😀
        Thank God for cake mix, seriously. Once I tried to make it from the scratch and kya ki bangaya tha, taste achaich tha but it didn’t look like a cake. I’m in ur category Nadia Baji then. 😛

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