Mama's Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Melissa Dommert


With 6 kids and a busy household to run, this was one of my Mama's signature desserts and one of our family's favorites. She made it so many times, I think it belonged to her and Duncan Hines! There are other versions that use a white or yellow cake mix but it wouldn't be the same for me without the pineapple cake inside.

Now that Mama does her baking in Heaven, my sisters and nieces and I continue to carry on her tradition! It's so good!

The cake in the picture is a 1/2 sheet cake and is double the size of this recipe.

★★★★★ 2 votes
15 Min
50 Min


1/2 c
butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 c
light brown sugar
20 oz
pineapple slices, drained (1 can)
1 jar(s)
maraschino cherries
1 box
duncan hines pineapple supreme cake mix
eggs, water and oil for cake mix

How to Make Mama's Pineapple Upside-down Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Very lightly spray 13x9x2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put butter in pan and put pan in oven just until butter is melted (maybe 5 minutes).
  • 3Remove pan from oven and evenly sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter and arrange pineapple slices and maraschino cherries on top of brown sugar.
  • 4Prepare cake mix (adding eggs, water and oil) as directed on package and pour batter evenly over fruit.
  • 5Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
  • 6Let stand 5 minutes (if you wait too much longer than that the cake will stick in the pan), then carefully invert onto large serving plate.

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About Mama's Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy