Looking for a luscious dessert that tastes as good as it smells while baking? With this Piña Colada Upside Down Cake, you will feel like you have been transported to a tropical local. Flip flops not required to enjoy.
This cake uses regular boxed cake mix but then it is given an ‘island vibe’ by using Coconut Crème Jell-O Pudding mix and pineapple juice instead of oil.
While baking it makes your home smell like coconut and pineapple. There’s nothing like the wonderful smells of coconut and pineapple wafting through your home while this cake bakes.
How to make a tropical twist on upside down cake:
To start, grease two 8″x8″ pans to make 2 cakes.
*Why did you choose to make 2 cakes? I wanted to send over the second one to my in-laws as a ‘Thank you’ for all the help they did on our new back deck. Feel free to make this in one pan only using baking directions according to the type of boxed cake mix you use. Using two pans also makes the process of ‘turning the cake upside down’ easier.
In the bottom of your greased pan pour the 1/2 cup of melted butter, dividing into each pan if you’re making 2 cakes. Then add your brown sugar again dividing if making 2 cakes.
Drain the pineapple into another bowl so that you can make sure you reserve the liquid to use for the cake mix. Now add the pineapple to the pans.
Sprinkle the coconut and place cherries on top of the butter and brown sugar mix.
For the cake batter to a bowl add the cake mix, Jell-O pudding, eggs, milk, and reserved pineapple juice. Mix with an electric mixer until well combined, 3-5 minutes or so.
*TIP for skipping the oil in boxed cake mixes: Using the reserved pineapple juice eliminates the need for oil that is normally required to make cake mix from the box.
Pour batter over the top of your delicious pineapple and coconut.
Bake for 34 minutes at 350 degrees or according to the directions on the cake mix for the type of dish you are using. Once the cake has cooled, place a plate inverted on top of the pan. Flip plate over. When the pan is removed you should now have the pineapple & coconut mixture facing up.
Cut the cake and serve with generous portions of whipped cream. And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Piña Colada Upside Down Cake
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained, save 1/3 cup juice for cake mix)
- 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries
- 1 cup flaked coconut, sweetened
- 1 box classic white cake mix
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3.4 ounce pkg Coconut Creme Jello-O pudding
- 1/3 cup pineapple juice reserved from crushed pineapple
- 3 eggs
- Whipped Cream for topping
- Grease two 8"x8" pans to make 2 cakes.
- In the bottom of your greased pan pour the 1/2 cup of melted butter, dividing into each pan if you're making 2 cakes. Then add your brown sugar again dividing if making 2 cakes.
- Drain the pineapple into another bowl so that you can make sure you reserve the liquid to use for the cake mix. Now add the pineapple to the pans.
- Sprinkle the coconut and place cherries on top of the butter and brown sugar mix.
- For the cake batter to a bowl add the cake mix, Jell-O pudding, eggs, milk, and reserved pineapple juice. Mix with an electric mixer until well combined, 3-5 minutes or so.
- Pour batter over the top of your delicious pineapple and coconut.
- Bake for 34 minutes at 350 degrees or according to the directions on the cake mix for the type of dish you are using.
- When the cake has baked, let cool compeltley.
- Once the cake has cooled, place a plate inverted on top of the pan. Flip plate over. When the pan is removed you should now have the pineapple & coconut mixture facing up.
- Cut the cake and serve with whipped cream.
Originally published in July of 2016. Updated photos & recipe May of 2020.
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Definite yummy coconut and pineapple here! Would love to dig into some for breakfast even! ha!
Yes I have eaten for breakfast many times. Whipped cream is certainly a breakfast condiment. Ha!
Please pardon my while I just sit here and swoon over this cake.
One of my favorite cakes!
Whoa, way to make a classic pineapple upside-down cake even better!!! So glad you’ve joined the SS team!
Thank you! I am so excited to be a part of this great group.
Why didn’t I think of this? What a great idea to turn a pineapple upside down cake into a pina colada cake!
THis looks great. I love upside down cakes. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party.