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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – Box Mix Version

 I can’t believe I couldn’t find one recipe or even a photo of this cake! This is actually one of my favorite cakes of all time and is fun and easy to make. This cake can be made year round due to the availability of canned pineapple and jarred marichino cherries. I prefer this cake in the summertime, when you can get fresh sweet pineapple. It is the perfect cake to bring to a bar-b-que, or even a birthday.  Here is the recipe if you want to hit the easy button and make it using cake mix. Any yellow cake mix will do if you cannot find  If you want to make this cake from scratch, please see my other recipe Solita’s Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake – From Scratch All The Way which provides the instructions for a cake from scratch!



Original Recipe

1 stick Unsalted Butter (8 Tbsp)
1 packed cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 can pineapple rings in juice
1 can Marichino Cherries (no stems)
1 box yellow cake or Duncan Hines Supreme Pineapple box cake mix (Prepared as directed on the box)


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Melt 1 stick of butter in a 12″ Cast Iron Skillet

Melt Elle & Vire French Unsalted Butter on the hot 10" Cast Iron Skillet

Melt Elle & Vire French Unsalted Butter










3) Add one cup of sugar to the warm melted butter and stir to combine

Melt brown sugar into the warm, melted butter on the cast iron skillet

Melt brown sugar into the warm, melted butter on the cast iron skillet











4) Drain the pineapple rings and lay them out starting with the first ring in the center of the cast iron skillet and the other five rings around the center ring (6 rings total). Then add the cherries into the center hole of each pineapple, with extras to fill the spaced in between pineapples. 

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5) Pour the prepared box mix mixture evenly on top of the pineapple butter brown sugar. Do not agitate more than necessary to ensure that the batter is evenly distributed.


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6) Place the skillet in the center of the oven for 35 – 45 minutes

7) After baking carefully remove the skillet from the oven. While still warm, very carefully use a platter/display plate to cover the skillet and carefully flip the skillet over so that the skillet is above the plate. Allow a few minutes for the cake and pineapple rings to transfer to the plate.

What makes this cake so special?

When was the last time you had home made Pineapple Upside Down Cake made in a cast iron skillet? This is  a cake I rarely see in a bakery and when found, it has been baked in a proper round cake pan, the same a standard cake. I personally think that the cast iron skillet changes the whole game for this cake. If you employ your cast iron skillet and give it the proper care and seasoning that it requires, this cake is for you. If you do not own a cast iron skillet at the moment, this recipe alone is reason to start a beautiful relationship with a cast iron skillet.

This cake was one of the first things I made when I first purchased my 12″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. It seems an odd choice of words but this is a Seductive cake. And it is not just me who thinks it. My Sister Shane had a slice of this cake the last time I made it back in 2011.

Last time I made this cake

2013 – July 4th Family Dinner

The first time I wanted to try this recipe using a home made cake batter rather than standard cake mix. Since my last upside down cake, I have have not been using boxed cake mix, and have had success in making cakes from scratch using the best ingredients I can find. In this cake I used a different recipe and in addition to not using a box mix, I used fresh pineapple, and the smaller 12″ skillet.

2011 – Poker Night & Pot Luck at Mr. Bills
I had talked about it, and the folks at poker demanded samples. This one was also made with Duncan Hines Supreme Pineapple cake box mix and I added pecan nuts.

2010 – 4th Time – Shane’s Birthday Cake
Shane loved this cake and so I made it for her on her Birthday in June of 2010 back when we were still working at R – Systems. This was made with the Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme cake mix. 

2010 -3rd Time  Apple & Pecan
Same principle, same proportions with everything else. The only change was that I substituted apples and pecans for Pineapple. Results: No cake left.

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2010 -Second Time
I felt badly that some of my friends missed out on this cake so I made another batch. I didn’t mind since it is such an easy cake to make. This time I used Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix rather than a standard box mix.

2010 – First Time I Made This Cake
First ever test turn using boxed cake mix and 12″ Cast Iron Skillet. It came out GORGEOUS! I took it into work since there was way more cake than I could handle. I only took pieces to my mom, Geraldine and Shane and they all loved it. The rest was devoured by other employees at R Sys as I left pre-sliced pieces in the employee kitchen. People who knew I made the cake demanded an encore and wanted to be put on a mailing list to announced when I would bring more cake.


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