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Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a gorgeous cake isn’t it? So golden with bright red cherries peeping through. This is a wonderful warm weather dessert for those hot days when you don’t want to turn the oven on. Just a few ingredients are needed: butter, brown sugar, a box of yellow cake mix, eggs, Vegetable oil, pineapple rings, and cherries.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake


A lot of people don’t think of cooking desserts in a crock pot. I’ve made both brownies and pecan pie in the crock pot. I like that you have more leeway with the cooking time when using a slow cooker. It’s very hard to burn anything.


Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake


This Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake takes approximately 2 hours to cook. Spray the bottom of the crock pot well with cooking spray and you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the cake out in one piece. The cake is done when it pulls away from the sides a little and is firm in the middle. Let it cool about 15 minutes and then invert it onto a platter.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Mine only takes about 2 hours to cook, but depending on your crock pot, it could take up to 3 hours.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a very sweet dessert with plenty of pineapple flavor. If you want it with a little less sweetness, cut down some on the brown sugar.

Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a large dollop of whipped cream.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake is super easy to make in a crock pot using a box of cake mix. A very sweet cake with plenty of pineapple flavor.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 2 hours
TOTAL: 2 hours 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 12 servings


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple rings in juice, liquid reserved
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box


  • Spray bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Mix together the brown sugar and butter and spread on bottom of slow cooker.
  • Arrange pineapple rings on top of brown sugar mixture. Place a cherry in the middle of each pineapple ring as well as in any gaps between rings.
  • Add enough water to the reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Use it in place of the water called for on the box of cake mix. Make cake mix according to box directions.
  • Pour batter on top of pineapple rings. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Remove slow cooker insert and place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
  • Invert cake onto a serving plate.


Calories: 334kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert

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25 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake”

  1. I want to make your crockpot upside down pineapple cake, can you suggest how to covert it out of crockpot without messing up the cake? Thank you

  2. Adjust your cooking time as crock pots vary in size and if not careful you will burn the edges !
    We cooked the upside down cake in approx. 2 1/4 hours in a LARGE Crock Pot !!

    1. Jearl Carlton

      I am new to your Spicy Southern Kitchen. So happy I am getting your recipes. The pineapple upside down cake has always been my family favorite cake and this recipe is so easy to make. Thanks Jearl

  3. This is a crazy easy way to make pineapple upside down cake and it is delicious too. Will definitely be making this again.

  4. Mary A Shirey


  5. I don’t know what happened. I did everything to the letter on this recipe and I ended up with burnered pineapples and cake that isn’t cooked through. Very disappointed. It looked so good. I’m going to guess that this recipe is for a much bigger crock pot than mine and I should have 1/2 the recipe. 🙁

  6. Upside Down Pineapple Cake was one of my favorite desserts that my mother made when I grew up. I’ve been wanting to try it in the crockpot, so thank you for the recipe. ?

    I just discovered your blog today and couldn’t stop reading. Every recipe looks great, and I love reading about your grandparents and great-grandmother with the chocolate meringue pie. Oh my goodness! That sounds just like me and my grandmother who made the best chocolate meringue pies. Not many people make them anymore – and they’re SO good!!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’m so glad you found my blog Angie and thank you for taking the time to comment. Hope you enjoy the slow cooker version of Pineapple Upside Down Cake if you get to try it. I love that you had a grandmother who made chocolate meringue pies too. 🙂

  7. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I love your slow cooker desserts! I really need to use mine more often!

  8. Rachel - The Castejons

    This is the second yummy slow cooker recipe I’ve seen today- I think it’s time to use mine more! Beautiful pictures 🙂

  9. Pineapple upside down cake is my mom’s absolute favorite cake. I’ll have to show this to her. She would love it! It looks so yummy!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a pretty cake, Christin! I’ve never made an upside down cake before, let alone in a slow cooker. What a fantastic idea!

  11. I really need to use my slow cooker more often for dessert! This is such a cool way to make pineapple upside down cake!

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This is gorgeous! Upside down cake always seems so high maintenance, but you’ve made a delicious and visually stunning hands-off version 🙂

  13. What a clever idea!! I have a chocolate cake I always do in the slow cooker but I love this citrus version!

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