Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe
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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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"Here's a traditional dessert that's been updated with packaged items for convenience," explains Karen Ann Bland from Gove, Kansas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 10 pecan halves
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 252 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. Pour butter into a well-greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Arrange pineapple slices in prepared pan; place a pecan half in the center of each slice. Combine the apricot preserves and reserved pineapple juice; spoon over pineapple slices.
  2. Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour over pineapple.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a large serving platter. Cool slightly; serve warm. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p41

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"This cake is so good and moist! I greased the pan with butter because I did not have any shortening on hand and the cake came out of the pan perfectly. I used peach-apricot preserves and substituted a maraschino cherry for the pecan."

Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"My husband is in love with this cake. I didn't have pecans, so I just did cherries."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Even though I only had plum jam & hazel nuts it still turned out great! I also used fresh pineapple because that is what I had!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I have made this cake 4 to 5 times. The best way to get it out of the pan without harming the cake is to line the pan with wax paper. it comes out smooth as silk. Family and friends love it"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"This is quite tasty."

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