Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night craving something that isn’t in the fridge? It happens to me at least once a week and this week I decided to act on it. I really wanted a pineapple upside down cake so that’s what I did.

I went to the store to pick up a pineapple (not the canned stuff, I wanted it fresh!), a box of yellow cake mix (shhh… I’m not that lazy!) and some brown sugar.

Everything else was on hand.Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I made the cake mix according to the directions. I mixed it with my new Nutri Ninja 2-in-1 (I’ll tell ya about that later) and sat it aside.

I started preheating the oven (to 350F) and put 1/4 cup of butter in a cast iron skillet. I put the skillet it in the oven while it was preheating. Once the oven was ready I took the pan out, put 1/2 cup of brown sugar on top of the butter and mixed it really well.

I patted it out, trying to get it even, then covered that with slices and chunks of pineapple. I’m too cool for rings 😉

I poured the cake batter over the pineapple and put the skillet in the oven for 50 minutes. When it came out I was a little worried that I had burnt the cake because it was so brown. It didn’t burn, though, in fact it rose perfectly, cooked amazingly, and smelled like heaven.

I flipped it over and <BAM> Pineapple upside down cake. Even better it’s a super simple pineapple upside down cake recipe.

The cake as a whole is good but the topping – the brown sugar, butter, and pineapple… oh em gee! Talk about deliciousness. I cut the first piece for a picture and barely pressed the shutter button before I dove in. I could eat the topping by itself and believe me when I say I’m still thinking about it

The next time you are craving pineapple upside down cake remember this easy, no-fail recipe! Better yet, bookmark it, share it on Facebook, pin it on Pinterest – you’ll want to save it for later for sure!

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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  • 1 box yellow cake mix (or favorite yellow cake recipe)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup diced or sliced pineapple


Prepare cake mix and set aside

Preheat oven to 350F. Put butter in 9" cast iron skillet and put in oven until preheated.

Once oven is preheated, carefully remove the skillet and combine melted butter with brown sugar. Top with pineapple.

Pour cake batter over pineapple.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Remove the cake from the oven when it's done and allow to cool, in the pan, for 15 minutes.

Top the pan with a heat-proof plate and flip over.

Serve warm.