Quick and easy pineapple upside down loaf cake

6.9.22 | Recipe by Renz

This all-time family favorite dessert is now a 2-layer pineapple upside-down loaf cake ready to wow your guests. Have this ready for your dessert table in no time, and beat the hassle.


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I think the first dessert cake I made by myself was a pineapple upside-down cake. It was easy but looked fancy and my classmates loved it. They really thought I was the baking queen.

The holidays are fast approaching and I know how much of a hassle that can be trying to prepare everything for the season.

My pineapple upside down loaf cake recipe is easy and quick; we make it extra fancy by making it a 2 layer beauty. And will easily become one of your favorite cakes.

If you want to wow your family and friends without much work, this is your recipe.

This delicious cake is a party winner and is easy to make and has a beautiful presentation.

Just as easy as making these pineapple bars which are also a party favorite.



The only main point with ingredients for this cake recipe is to make sure that everything that was chilled originally is now at room temperature. This will create the perfect fluffy cake.

Ingredients for making pineapple upside down loaf cake.

  • Butter - you can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Sugar - I prefer to use brown sugar as it gives a nice color glaze to the cake. But if you only have granulated sugar do not let that deter you.
  • Pineapple juice - I've also substituted with orange juice or even used the pineapple juice from the pineapple slices.
  • Canned pineapple rings - see substitutions below
  • Maraschino cherries - see substitutions for cherries below
  • Yellow cake mix box - I look for moist or extra moist cake mixes. Duncan Hines pineapple supreme cake mix is a great one to use.


Electric mixer
Rubber spatula.
2 loaf pans
- I use regular loaf pans but I have been eyeing these springform loaf pans and want to get them so badly.
Large mixing bowl.
Cooling wire rack.

How to make pineapple upside-down loaf cake

This cake though easy since it isn't fully from scratch does require some parts to the process. I'm going to break it down for you in a way that made it easy for me to get through.

Prepare the pans

We want to get our pans ready for the batter and also for our toppings of pineapple.

Melt the butter then divide it evenly between the two pans. Along with also dividing the brown sugar mixture between the two pans sprinkled over the butter.

Then place your pineapple rings.

A loaf pan with the base of butter and sugar mixture with pineapples and cherries.

Since this is in a loaf pan, place the pineapple slices down the center of the pan initially, then fill the spaces on the sides with more rings or half rings if needs be. 

Place the cherries in the center of rings and half rings. Some people like to cut the cherries in halves and put the cut side down. But I prefer to use whole cherries.

Also, set your oven to 350 to preheat.

Prepare the cake batter.

In a medium bowl mix together your cake mix, eggs, juice, and oil. We want to make this smooth but we don't want to overmix the batter. You do not want a dry cake.

Two images of the wet and dry ingredients then another picture with the combined batter.

Divide the batter evenly so that it can be shared between the two pans. Pour the cake batter over the pineapples and spread the top as evenly as possible.

Do not fill the pans all the way to the top.

Batter added to loaf pan to cover the pineapples.

Bake & remove cakes

We are going to bake these for about 30-35 minutes. Place in your preheated oven on the middle rack.

We want the sides to leave the pans; the batter is springy to touch and for a toothpick inserted to come out clean.

Once done, let's let the cake cool for about 15 minutes. Once cooled enough flip the cake pans and remove the cakes. Leave them to continue to cool on the racks.

Layering and finishing cakes

Once the cakes are at room temperature, now for you to decide which one is going to be the top layer.

As much as we want to think both cakes will be perfect, that does not always happen. I would make the best-looking cake be the top layer.

Place your base on a cake stand or on a cake plate. At this time, take the whipped crème and use it to cover the top of the base cake evenly.

You can make it as thick as you like but remember that when you place the top layer it will push it down.

Now, GENTLY take the other cake and place it on top of the whipped layered base cake.

The two cakes layered with whipped creme in the center.


Now my cake top is plain but you can decorate the top layer if you wish. Place some more whipped crème on the top of the baked cake in segments and you can also decorate around the bottom edges of the base cake.

What to eat with layered pineapple cake

This can is fine to be eaten cold or at room temperature. Whatever your choice.

It's great by itself but is also amazing with a scoop of some type of ice cream. I love it with "white" ones with mild flavors like vanilla or soursop.

How to store an upside down pineapple cake

Before we even get to storing leftovers, we need to think about storing this cake before serving. You can place the cake in the fridge after layering so that it can continue to firm up.

When ready to serve just remove and make your slices.

If you have any leftovers just keep them in an airtight container.

If you did not put the cake in your fridge initially, it can keep on the countertop for up to two days in an airtight container. Then I would transfer it to the refrigerator so that it can keep longer.

Slices of 2-layered pineapple cake on white plates with forks.


Substitutions & Additions

1. Add some additional spices to the batter like nutmeg and cinnamon to give an extra layer of flavor to the cake.

2. Coconut flakes: You can use this in the middle of the cake on top of the whipped crème and as a topping on the top layer.

3. If you don't have maraschino cherries you can use dried red cherries instead.

4. Instead of pineapple rings, try using crushed pineapples or pineapple chunks. Also, drain these as much as possible before using them. Or you can top one layer of the cake with crushed and another with pineapple slices.

5. Sometimes I mix the melted butter and sugar together and then add them to the pans. The sugar and butter mixture helps to keep the pineapples in place.

6. Try different flavored cake mixes.

7. You can use regular sugar (granulated sugar) instead of brown sugar but you won't get that nice colored glaze as you do with brown.

8. Add additional flavor by carmelizing the pineapples before adding it to the base of the cake. Just use a frying pan or a grill and brown them a little.

Tips & Tricks

Make sure to drain all the liquids from the pineapple. I put them in my strainer before using them so that all excess liquid can drain off.

Before adding the pineapple to the sugar and butter mix, make sure the consistency of the mix is thick. It is needed to keep the rings in place.

Do not grease your pans. This cake is already moist. Or at least don't grease the bottom that is getting the butter and sugar mixture.

Having a preheated oven at the right temperature for 10 minutes at least will help bake the cake perfectly.

Overhead shot of a slice of pineapple upside down cake.

Can this be made ahead?

Yes, this definitely can be made the day before. The best way to store would be to keep this in the fridge in an airtight container till needed.

There are cake cases with proper covers. I love this one since I can just grab it to go if I'm taking it to someone's house.

The best method to remove an upside-down cake from its pan

I know we sometimes get impatient with this and mess up taking the cake out of the pan. I've had my cake come out and the topping left back.

A little patience goes a long way.

Make sure that you let the cake cool for a bit in the pan before you attempt to take it out. This would allow the butter mixture to start to cool and hold the rings and cherries better.

Use a butter knife, and just run it around the edges of the cake pan to help release anywhere that might be stuck.

When you turn the cake pan over, leave it for a little rest, and to let anything that has moved settle back a bit.

Add a few taps to the top of the pan to help with anything that might be stuck dropdown. Yes, this happens sometimes.

Slowly bring the pan up as straight as you can.

Direct shot of a slice of pineapple upside down cake with whipped creme in the center

My cake is soggy, what happened?

This soggy cake experience usually happens to me because I didn't drain my pineapple rings enough. I like to remove them from the can in a colander and let it sit for a while

If you try this recipe and like it, please let me know by leaving a comment or even better, a rating on the recipe card. 


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