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Pineapple Banana Upside Down Cake

Ever have one of those days where you want an excuse to eat a few bites of whipped cream, so you bake a cake to put underneath it? Yeah, me too. That's pretty much what happened this afternoon when I spent an anxious two or three whole minutes scouring the interwebs looking for something I could whip together like a pantry ninja and snack on for the next few days. This, friends, was the beginning of my love story with this cake. We're in love, it happens. Don't hate...

Anyhoo... here's a recipe for one of the most delicious and decadently simple cakes you can throw together in a flash and wow your friends and fam with. This cake is perfect for a hot summer afternoon... so pull up a fan, tuck a hibiscus bloom behind your ear, put your feet up and bite into a little bit of paradise.... if you think you can stop shy of half the cake. I have dibs on the other half... just sayin.

Pineapple Banana Upside Down Cake


  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed pineapple (juice reserved)
  • 12 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup pineapple juice/water
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9"x13" baking pan with Pam Baking spray. While your oven is heating up, put the butter in the baking dish and put it in the oven until the butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the cake mix as directed with the boxed mix, oil, eggs and, in place of the water, used the reserved pineapple juice. (If you don't have enough, fill up the measuring cup with water to 1 cup). Set cake batter aside.

When the butter is melted, remove from oven and stir in the brown sugar until fully dissolved into the butter. Begin by layering sliced bananas on top of the butter/sugar, followed by chopped walnuts and crushed pineapple. Spread ingredients evenly in the pan. Pour the cake batter over the top of the pineapple. Bake for 40 minutes until the top/bottom of the cake is golden brown.

Cool cake for 5-6 minutes. Now comes the fun part... the next best thing to flipping a pancake is flipping a pineapple cake! Take a serving tray or cookie sheet and place on top of the cake pan. Flip the cake and cookie sheet overin one smooth motion. The cake should easily slide out of its' dish... it's easier than it sounds. :)

Serve warm with whipped cream on top.  Serves about 12. 

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