On my way to a Hawaiian-themed party, all I could think of was Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The recipes did not seem Hawaiian enough. The additions of coconut, banana and macadamia nuts brought the tropics to the recipe. I can't tell you how many people raved at the party. The whole cake is gone.

Kim
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Pour the melted butter into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter.

  • Arrange 8 pineapple rings in two rows in the baking dish.

  • Sprinkle the macadamia nuts, half of the flaked coconut, and 2 chopped pineapple slices between the rows of pineapple rings.

  • Place a maraschino cherry in each pineapple ring, then scatter the remaining cherries over the coconut mixture. Set baking dish aside.

  • Whisk together the pineapple juice, coconut water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the mashed banana, yellow cake mix, and remaining flaked coconut until well blended.

  • Slowly pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a paring knife between the cake and the edge of the pan.

  • Cover the cake pan with a large serving plate, and invert it to tip the cake out of the pan and onto the plate with the pineapple slices showing.

Nutrition Facts

505.6 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 69g 22% DV; fat 24.8g 38% DV; cholesterol 66.8mg 22% DV; sodium 383.9mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (25)

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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
i put the nuts, bananas, the 2 extra pineapples and half the coconut inside the batter ....it came out awesome!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2012
i put the nuts, bananas, the 2 extra pineapples and half the coconut inside the batter ....it came out awesome!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
Consider yourself warned. This cake is really rich and should be served in small amounts - with just a little bit of barely sweetened whipped cream. I did use yellow cake from scratch as I am not too fond of mixes. My partner who loves all things pineapple banana coconut and macadamia nut was in heaven. Luckily I had the brilliant idea of baking this up in two pans so that he could take one to work with him as we would never be able to eat it all ourselves. Apparently it disappeared during the morning coffee break. I will likely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2013
My wife just started a new job in Hawaii and it was my time to bring a treat in to work so something Hawaiian seemed like a natural choice. I've never tried this recipe before so I didn't want to stray too much but I did buy a "fresh" pineapple and coconut (we live in Kentucky how fresh could they be?). Anyway it worked pretty well but was way too sweet. I would still use "fresh" coconut and pineapple but leave out 1/3 - 1/2 the brown sugar and substitute more of the "fresh coconut milk for the pineapple juice. BTW we couldn't taste much bannana so add 2-3 instead of 1. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2013
I made this yesterday and my family loved it. I served it semi-warm with a scoop of coconut ice-cream. They all had seconds! I only made half recipe. I used a 9 inch round cake pan and cooked for 40 mins. We didn t have leftovers. Thanks for posting. That being said I have a few extra comments: The ingredients list said white cake but the narrative said yellow (I used white). Also note that the cake mix size said 18.25 oz but that was slightly larger than the boxes at my market. Finally I would have liked the author to specific sweetened or unsweetened coconut as it is an ingredient I don t use a lot and questioned it. Given it didn t specifically say sweetened I assumed un-sweetened which I couldn t find it at my local market and too lazy to go to a second store so I used sweetened coconut. The cake was sweet but not overly sweet as the other reviewer thought. Finally I personally didn t prefer the taste of the banana in the recipe but after my family was done they said they didn t notice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2014
Made it for a party last night and it was wonderful. I used up all the pineapple rings from the can and followed the recipe on the yellow cake mix box. The recipe called for 3 eggs 1/2 cup water and 1/2 stick butter. No oil. I replaced the water from the pineapple juice from the can and the cake also had the pineapple flavor Thx for submitting Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
I made this for my brother and he loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2014
I made this with 2 gluten free cakes and added applesauce instead of the fat and pineapple juice instead of water it is awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2014
i tried it out in advance of our luau to make sure we liked it and boy oh boy everyone in the house did! So I made it for the luau and it was truly a hit! Love allrecipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
it came out so good it diden't last. Read More
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