Easy Kitchen Magic: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The magic in the kitchen for me is always baking. There’s nothing like a kitchen, especially in the winter, with a batch of cookies baking in the oven. Or maybe on the counter cooling while a roasted chicken fills the home with memories of past Sunday dinners.

This one I’m doing this week just because my delivery produce box brought me a pineapple. So easy and yummy. An easy dessert to make and have leftovers for all week. And it counts as a fruit, right?


  1. Mix up a yellow cake mix by following the directions on the box. (You could make a scratch cake here too, just more work.)
  2. Cut up a pineapple (or open and drain a can of chunk pineapple.)
  3. Spray a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with your pineapple. (You can add a ½ cup of coconut if you like coconut. I do, but the cowboy, not so much.)
  5. Then pour the prepared cake mix over the top.
  6. ake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Check the middle with a tooth pick to see if cooked.

What are some of your so easy it’s magical go to recipes?

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