Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

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Rommel Published: August 4, 2020 Modified: September 10, 2020

Running out of dessert ideas to cook at home? This pineapple upside down cake recipe is perfect for you! This cake recipe is a classic Bisquick® dessert that’s easy-to-cook and definitely fun to make.

Upside down cakes were called spider cakes because they were cooked in a cast iron skillet with legs at the bottom. In the 1900s, we started having canned pineapples which gave Americans the idea for the pineapple upside down cake recipe. Pineapples give the perfect balance of sourness and sweetness in desserts, but there are many fruit options to choose from in topping your cake, like this classic Apple Upside Down Cake recipe.

The cake in the pan is flipped upside down on a plate after baking, as the name suggests. The ‘flip’ reveals the golden brown cake topped with caramelized pineapple rings and cherries. Try out this pineapple upside down cake recipe for some heavenly glazed fruit goodness. You might think that this upside down cake is hard to make, but we promise you, it’s very simple!

How To Make Quick Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

You only need less than an hour to bake this upside down cake topped with caramelized pineapple rings and cherries.

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (8 oz. pineapple slices, drained)
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans (if desired)
  • 1 can Maraschino cherries
  • 1 ½ cup Original Bisquick® mix
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk or water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a 9-inch round pan or 8-inch square pan, melt the butter in the oven.

  3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter.
  4. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer over the mixture.

  5. Add pecans on top of the mixture.

  6. Place cherry at the center of each pineapple ring (Note: Cherries with stems can be added after baking).

  7. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients using an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.

  8. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

  9. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.

  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  11. Immediately place a heatproof service plate upside down over the pan; and flip the pan over the plate.

  12. Leave pan over cake for a few minutes to let the brown sugar mixture drizzle over the cake, then remove the pan.

  13. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Make sure to store the cake in a loosely covered container.

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Commonly Asked Questions

When should I flip my pineapple upside down cake?

Let your pineapple upside-down cake cool for 10 to 15 minutes before attempting to flip. Use a knife to smoothly loosen the edges of the cake sticking to the pan.

Why is my pineapple upside down cake sticking in the pan?

If your pineapple upside down cake is hard to release from the pan, this means that the sugar-fruit mixture has hardened in the pan due to cooling. The best time to flip your cake upside down is while it’s warm.

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The recipe for the pineapple upside down cake is definitely easy to do and follow. The ingredients are easy to find and with light and simple cooking you can dig into this sweet enjoyable dessert. You won't have to worry about flipping the pan upside down as long as the consistency and temperature of your cake is right.

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