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Betty's Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

By: Blair Chavis, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes Original Recipe
Updated July 27, 2023
Betty's Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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This recipe for Betty's Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake is an easy pineapple upside down cake using cake mix. It's simple to make pineapple upside down cake in the slow cooker and still end up with the classic cake, we all know and love. This slow cooker pineapple upside down cake recipe includes traditional ingredients, such as brown sugar, butter, pineapple slices, and maraschino cherries. The addition of coconut flakes gives the cake an extra rich flavor and dense texture. Serve up this 1950s-style treat when you're feeling nostalgic, or offer it to guests at your next party or potluck. Loved ones will be impressed with your slow cooker baking skills!


*This recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker's Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

*Place a paper towel between the lid and slow cooker while cooking to avoid condensation from dripping into the slow cooker onto your cake.


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Chilling Time15 min

Slow Cooker Time HIGH2 hr 30 min

Cooking Vessel Size6-quart slow cooker


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained; juice reserved
  • 10 maraschino cherries without stems, drained
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
  • vegetable oil and eggs, as advised on cake mix box


  1. Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray generously.

  2. In a bowl, mix 1 cup brown sugar and melted 1/4 cup of butter; stir until combined.

  3. Spread brown sugar and butter mixture evenly in the bottom of your slow cooker insert.

  4. Place full pineapple slices across bed of brown sugar-butter mixture; cut pineapple slices to fit, as needed. Pineapple slices should be arranged in one layer.

  5. Put a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and place additional cherries around slices, as desired.

  6. Add water to set aside pineapple juice, totaling one cup of liquid.

  7. Mix cake mix batter, as directed on the box, swapping pineapple juice for indicated water.

  8. Add 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes to batter and mix thoroughly.

  9. Pour cake mix batter over pineapple, cherries, and brown sugar-butter mixture.

  10. Set slow cooker to HIGH and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  11. Uncover slow cooker carefully (to avoid condensation dripping on the cake). Turn off slow cooker. Remove ceramic base and set aside for cooling. Cool cake for 15 minutes.

  12. Set down a heatproof serving plate over the ceramic base; turn over ceramic base with serving plate covering it.

  13. Remove ceramic base. Serve and enjoy!

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I like the sound of this recipe. What intrigues me the most is that you added coconut to this recipe. I have never used coconut in any of my pineapple upside down cake recipes. I really want to see how the texture changes with that addition. Did you like it better with or without coconut?

I haven't tried making Pineapple Upside Down Cake since Home Economics class back in the day...What an epic fail that turned out to be. Never in all my days would it ever occur to me to make a cake in a crock pot. Times sure have changed...thanks to technology, I just may become a new dessert guru! lol

Amy, it says 50's style pineapple cake. Not a recipe from the 50's.

amyjchefmypts: It's a 1950s-style recipe. Pineapple upside down cakes were popular in the 1950s. Thanks! Editor, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

This is a good recipe, but how can it be from the '50's? Crock pots weren't around back then.


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