Friday, December 3, 2010

Pineapple Upside down cake ~ Semi-homemade

I started of this week with a Banana bread post for the holidays and now for TGIF, here is a cake - a Pineapple Upside down cake with caramelized sugar topping.
This I baked on Wednesday for my Hubby's Birthday which was on Thursday!
It looked too good and yummy with all the dripping caramel, it was very hard not to look at it, because I had to wait for the next day for him to cut it!!

I decided to go with the store bought powder and not make it from scratch just to be on the safe side. The cake was just to delectable and yummy.
This cake can be make with or without the caramelized topping. Either way it tastes delicious for sure. The caramelized sugar just makes it more heavenly!
I used dark sweetened cherries in a can along with Pineapple slices in a can. I used light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar. If dark brown sugar is used, it would come out even more darker on the top!

I tried to melt the butter in the oven in the cake pan, but since butter has a low melting point, it started to be very careful. Instead of doing what I did, you can melt it in the microwave or on the stove top!
I followed the same directions given on the back of the cake box. I used a 10 in round cake pan.

Another small mishap that happened that happened during baking the cake....I used a springform pan, the one for which the bottom is the butter started to leak out and started to burn on the bottom of the oven. So I placed a baking sheet with edges beneath, on the other shelf, filled with water. So this atleast stopped the burning of the butter and sugar.

I had to keep a close eye and keep refilling the pan tho!
This increased the baking time, but atleast the kitchen didn't burn down!!:)
It said 35 min on the box, but it took 1 1/2 hour for me.


For Topping:

2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter

1 20 oz can pineapple slices, drained ( there were about 10 slices..used 8)

1 15 oz can cherries, drained (used only if u find a 7 oz can...use that instead)

Ingredients for baking cake as per behind the cake box:

1 1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 egg
1 box of Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme Cake mix

10 in round pan used


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and lightly flour the cake pan.
Melt butter and and pour on the bottom of the cake pan. Spread the brown sugar evenly on the bottom of the pan.
Arrange the pineapple slice along the bottom of the pan. Arrange the cherries in between.
Mix all the ingredients of the batter.
Pour on top of the arranged fruit.
Bake in oven untill cooked or the cake tester comes out clean, For about 1 1/2 hour or less depending on your oven and the size of the cake pan used.

Serve warm or cold or even the next day!....Enjoy!!!


  1. Wow Nice arrangement and a mouthwatering click....
    Can we do this without eggs ... can u pls sugest me about that dear....

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  2. Here is a few suggestions I found on the net....let me know how it comes out if You try it!!

    The easiest and most successful substitute is -

    the "Egg Replacer" by Energy foods, which can be purchased in most health-food stores. It is a vegan product and therefore perfect for the most strict of vegetarians. For each egg you use 1 1/2 teaspoons of the powder and mix it well with 2 Tablespoons of water and add it according to the instructions in the recipe.

    Other substitutions for ordinary cakes are:

    replace each egg with 2 Tablespoons of milk (or soymilk for vegans), 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Replace the butter with the same weight of sunflower oil


    Replace each egg with 2 Tablespoons of yogurt (regular or soy) plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Replace the butter with the same weight of sunflower oil.

    For fruit cakes replace each egg with 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons of water.

  3. I love upside down cake and this looks so so good.

  4. looks divine! i was planning to bake this since a long time, hopefully will be able to do it during xmas break. will look to ur blog for tips :)

  5. Omg, feel like grabbing a slice rite now, very tempting cake..

  6. Thanks for the information dear that was really helpful...

  7. Drooling..drooling...drooling....soooooooo tempting !!

  8. Yumm!! One of my favourite cakes!!

  9. look s stunning and wow--drooling here !

  10. Wat a tempting pics,Luks so perfect...

  11. Looks delicious - and nice pictures!

  12. perefct cake and an all time classic and favourite. love your blog and recipes.

  13. Wow, Its yummy, yummy yummy cake.
    Lovely clicks. I envy you becoz you can bake such a wonderful cake :-)

  14. what an incredible presentation that is dear...the cake looks so juicy n moist,awesome !!

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  15. I looks so it....thx for the pics and explaination....may be i will try it this xmas.

  16. oh wow!!! looks so yummy!! loved it..

  17. Scrumptious cake..drool worthy slice

    Aaha Oho


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