Pineapple Upside-Down Applesauce Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Applesauce Cake


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Adding applesauce to a pineapple upside-down cake is the perfect recipe for keeping your batter light and moist! It’s an impressive dessert that you can feel proud serving to your guests or enjoying yourself.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 55 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 T. light whipped butter
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar
  • For the Cake:
  • 1/2 of an 18.25-oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 C. club soda
  • 1/4 C. applesauce
  • 7 pineapple rings, drained
  • 7 maraschino cherries

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a round cake pan with nonstick spray and set it aside. To make the glaze, put the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds, just until melted. Add brown sugar and mix well. Set aside. To make the cake, combine the cake mix with baking powder in a large bowl. Mix well with a hand mixer. Add club soda and applesauce, and stir until smooth. Set aside. Spread glaze evenly along the bottom of the cake pan. Blot pineapple rings and cherries with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Lay the pineapple rings in an even layer in the cake pan, and place one cherry in the center of each pineapple ring. Evenly pour the batter into the cake pan over the fruit layer. Bake30 to 35 minutes in the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Firmly and securely place a large plate over the pan, and carefully flip so the plate is on the bottom. Gently lift the pan to release the cake. Serve while still slightly warm.

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