Desserts - Cakes, Cookies, and Brownies

Pineapple Upside-Down Bundt® Cake

My Mom would make pineapple upside-down cake on special occasions. She would use a rectangular baking pan and the cake would always come out beautiful and delicious. This recipe is one that I found that makes a great looking, moist, and delicious cake. It quickly became a family favorite. I use the sugar-free version of the cake mix and the instant pudding.


cooking spray with flour 

½ cup (1 stick) melted butter 

½ cup packed brown sugar 

1 (8 ounce) can pineapple rings 

1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries 

1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix 

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix 

¼ cup whole milk, or more as needed 

cup vegetable oil 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®) with cooking spray with flour.

Pour melted butter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on top. Drain pineapple rings over a measuring cup; reserve juice. Cut rings in half. Alternate placing halved pineapple rings and maraschino cherries around the pan. Set aside.

Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Pour enough milk into the reserved pineapple juice to make 1 cup of liquid; add to cake and pudding mixture. Pour in vegetable oil. Mix on low speed, add beaten eggs while blending. Increase speed to medium; mix until thoroughly combined and smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour batter over pineapples and cherries in the pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Copyright ©  Mike Perry, 2011