I could not find a good upside down pineapple cake so I made this up. This cake is so moist it needs no icing. It's great, especially for breakfast!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8 inch round cake pans.

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  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, replacing the water with reserved pineapple juice. In a bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the pineapple and nuts.

  • Divide the pineapple mixture evenly between the prepared pans, then cover each pineapple layer with the cake mix batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cakes for 5 minutes, then turn one layer out onto a plate scraping off any pineapple that may be stuck. Next, invert second cake layer onto the first so there is pineapple in the middle and on top of the cake. May be served warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

358.8 calories; 3.3 g protein; 55.6 g carbohydrates; 13.2 mg cholesterol; 375.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (69)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2003
Scrumptous!!! I fixed this as a sheet cake for lack of round cake pans of the correct dimensions. It was extremely moist & delicious. My husband & I finished the entire cake in less than a week! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2009
I made it exactly as directed. It would be better with more of the pineapple brown sugar mixture at the bottom as that was the best part. It was a very refreshing cake - better than something out of a box but not as good as I expected. It took much longer to bake than in the recipe so maybe mine was a bit more dry because of this. I added a cool whip/vanilla pudding/pineapple mixture of icing and put it on top of the cake which made it even nicer. Read More
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82 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2003
Scrumptous!!! I fixed this as a sheet cake for lack of round cake pans of the correct dimensions. It was extremely moist & delicious. My husband & I finished the entire cake in less than a week! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
I made this for my boyfriend's birthday and he loved it! I left out the walnuts and added more pineapple and brown sugar to the upside down layer and it turned out delicious the cinnamon adds a unique flavor to the pineapple and brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2007
I used pecans instead of walnuts and pineapple cake mix...using 1 cup buttermilk 4 eggs and 1/4 cup canola oil (that makes cake mixes taste more home-made). I put the pineapple (whick was pineapple chunks) mix in the bottom of a bundt pan and cooked it for 1 hour. It got great reviews! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2003
This is the best pineapple cake ever! I can't tell you how many I made and handed out as gifts. To "kick it up a notch" I added orange marmalade to the cake batter. It gives it a zing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2005
Very moist. I used a bundt pan & used a 15oz can of pineapple. Next time I'm going to try 1 tsp of cinnamon because we couldn't taste it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
Everyone loved this in my house. My 18 month old wanted "More!". I didn't have a yellow cake mix so I used lemon. I also was out of crushed pineapple so I made the brown sugar mix spread it over the pans and layed down pineapple rings with maraschino cherries. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
My family enjoyed this cake and it was sooo simple to make. I made it exactly as directed except I added water to the pineapple juice to make 1 1/3 cups. It also took alot longer to bake than 25 minutes. The box said 35 minutes but I even baked it a few minutes longer than that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2003
I made this cake for my husbands birthday and he and our guests loved this cake. They even asked me to make it again. It was delicious and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2011
I have been craving pineapple cake for a while. I pretty much kept to the recipe except i used pecans instead of walnuts. Also I was short on pineapple juice so I added a touch of light rum instead of water. It was incredible. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2009
I made it exactly as directed. It would be better with more of the pineapple brown sugar mixture at the bottom as that was the best part. It was a very refreshing cake - better than something out of a box but not as good as I expected. It took much longer to bake than in the recipe so maybe mine was a bit more dry because of this. I added a cool whip/vanilla pudding/pineapple mixture of icing and put it on top of the cake which made it even nicer. Read More
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