Dutch Oven Upside Down Pineapple Cake

A slice of pineapple upside down cake is being removed with a knife.

Perfect as a dessert or snack this Dutch oven upside-down cake is quick and easy to make yet eye-catching and delicious. Rich caramel sauce balances bright pineapple and a light cake. This cake goes great with a serving of fresh whipping cream.

The key is setting up the caramel, pineapple, and cherries on the base of the Dutch oven before gently adding the cake batter. This can also be tweaked by adding liquor for some additional flavor. Make sure you use care when working with the hot Dutch oven and caramel sauce.

If you have a new Dutch oven you may want to wait until it has a slightly stronger seasoning layer. The pineapple can be a little harsh and strip the patina. It is however an easy recipe to bake with a standard charcoal briquette set-up.

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A hot pineapple upside down cake is being flipped out of a Dutch oven onto a wooden cutting board.
Use care when flipping the hot pineapple upside down cake out of the Dutch oven.
A wooden cutting board sits on top of a Dutch oven, while a person with gloves holds both securely together.
While wearing protective gloves, place a wooden cutting board on top of the hot Dutch oven and carefully flip it over to release the cake.
A close up of several pineapple rings with a cherry in the center on a white cake.
The rich caramel sauce complements the bright flavors of pineapple and sweet cake.
Looking down into a Dutch oven with the a cooked vanilla cake in it.
You can use either yellow or vanilla cake mix to make the pineapple upside down cake.
A slice of pineapple upside down cake is being removed with a knife.
Serve slices of cake with fresh whipped cream or even a spoon of vanilla ice cream.

Dutch Oven Upside Down Pineapple Cake Recipe

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A slice of pineapple upside down cake is being removed with a knife.
Perfect as a dessert or snack this Dutch oven upside-down cake is quick and easy to make yet eye-catching and delicious.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Ready in 50 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyExperienced
MethodBake
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 10 ounces sliced pineapple
  • Maraschino cherries halved
  • 1 box yellow cake or vanilla cake mix (plus the required ingredients to make it)

Equipment

  • 1 10 inch Dutch oven

Directions

  • Preheat the Dutch oven to 325 degrees F (107 degrees C).
  • In the Dutch oven melt the butter then add the brown sugar; mix to combine.
  • On the bottom of the Dutch oven add a layer of pineapple rings then place the maraschino cherries in the pineapple ring holes.
  • Make the cake mix as per the packet instructions then pour evenly over the pineapple rings.
  • Bake in the Dutch oven at 325 degrees F (107 degrees C) until the surface of the cake springs back and a knife inserted comes out clean. Rest for 5 minutes.
  • To flip the pineapple cake place a chopping board or plate over the Dutch oven. Using gloves, turn the Dutch oven upside down; the cake can fall onto the chopping board. If any of the fruit sticks, gently remove and reposition it back to its original spot on the cake. Serve slices while still warm.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 320mgCalcium: 115mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 250IUSugar: 42gFiber: 1gPotassium: 77mgCholesterol: 20mgCalories: 318kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 9gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 59gIron: 1mg

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