Guests are always asking for the recipe for our pineapple upside down cake. It’s a super-simple recipe & here it is for you!:
1 box of yellow cake mix, one that calls for vegetable oil and not butter.
1 can of pineapple rings
Make the cake mix and substitute the pineapple juice from the can of rings for most of the water, and add water for the rest. (Most mixes ask for 1 1/3 cups of water, and it’s usually about 1 cup pineapple juice from the can & 1/3 c water.) You can also substitute apple sauce for the oil in the box recipe if you’d like to eliminate some of the fat calories.
Melt 1 1/3 stick of butter & 1 1/3 cups of brown sugar in a pan. Add a little water if the brown sugar isn’t quite dissolving completely.
Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the rings on the bottom of the pan. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the pineapple rings, and then the cake mix over that. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
When you remove the cake, let it cool a bit, about 5 minutes. Place a serving pan over the cake pan and flip it over quickly. Remove the cake pan & replace any of the pineapple rings that are stuck to the bottom of the pan back onto the top of the cake, if necessary.
That’s it! Enjoy!