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This Duncan Hines Pineapple Upside Cake is soft, fluffy, and moist. Made with Duncan Hines cake mix with a beautiful topping of caramelized pineapples and maraschino cherries, this classic recipe is so easy to prepare with a secret shortcut. It might be old-fashioned, but it’s far from boring!
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Duncan Hines Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

This Duncan Hines Pineapple Upside Cake is soft, fluffy, and moist. Made with Duncan Hines cake mix with a beautiful topping of caramelized pineapples and maraschino cherries, this classic recipe is so easy to prepare with a secret shortcut. It might be old-fashioned, but it’s far from boring!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Duncan Hines Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 324kcal
Author Izzy

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed, you can use light or dark)
  • 10 pineapple slices
  • 10-20 maraschino cherries

Duncan Hines Cake

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Cake Mix
  • other ingredients called for on the box including water oil, and eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (175˚C).

Make the Topping:

  • Pour melted butter into a 9-inch cake pan (or pie pan). Make sure the plate or pan is at least 2 inches deep. Spread the butter evenly to cover the entire bottom.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on top of the butter.
  • Pad dry pineapple slices, and arrange them on top of the brown sugar.
  • Place maraschino cherries in the center of pineapple slices. Set aside.

Make the Cake Batter

  • Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions on the package. (DO NOT substitute pineapple juice for water.)
  • Pour and spread the cake batter evenly over the topping.

Bake the Cake

  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. Loosely cover with foil after 30 minutes to prevent the top from over-browning.
  • The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

Flip and Serve

  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pat dry your pineapple slices/rings before placing them into the pie plate. Wet pineapple will cause the cake to overflow and the topping could ooze over the sides when inverted.
  • Make sure your pie plate or cake pan is at least 2 inches deep.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1mg