Coconut extract is added to a traditional pineapple upside down cake to turn it into a pina colada pineapple upside down cake everyone will love!
Pina Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cake
I love the way a pineapple upside down cake looks and it’s so easy too! I decided to add a couple of teaspoons of coconut extract to the cake batter, hence the pina colada. Sweet caramelized pineapple slices lay perfectly on top of this light and fluffy coconut-infused yellow for a summer treat like no other.
PINA COLADA PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
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What Makes A Cake Upside Down?
There are many upside down cakes and desserts out there, but have you ever wondered what makes them upside down? The answer to that is pretty simple.
When baking a cake, much like this pina colada pineapple upside down cake, you will put actually start by placing the toppings in the bottom of the pan, then adding in the cake batter on top. This means you are essentially baking it upside down.
The cake is then turned right side up as you remove the cake from the pan and invert placing it right side up on the plate.
How To Make The Best Pina Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- In a small bowl mix melted butter and brown sugar
- pour evenly into a 13″ x 9″ pan
- In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, Greek yogurt, water, and coconut extract beat according to instructions
- Arrange the pineapple slices in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and push into the brown sugar mixture
- Place the cherries in the center of each pineapple slice and in the whole created where four pineapples meet.
- Pour cake batter on top and spread it evenly
- Bake according to instructions and allow to cool in the pan.
- Run a knife around the edges and place your plate on top of the pan
- flip but leave the pan on top of the plate so that all the brown sugar can drip down
Upside down cake tips
Use parchment paper: Since the success of this recipe relies a lot on successfully removing the cake from the pan, you might want a little extra reassurance. Line the pan with parchment paper and no matter how sticky your fruit gets it won’t get stuck to the pan.
Let the cake cool: Don’t try to remove the cake from the pan right out of the oven. It won’t be set up enough and it will be a huge mess. Instead, let it cool for 10 minutes then remove from the pan.
Learn how to invert: First, loosen the cake from the sides of the pan by running a sharp paring knife around the edges. Place a platter on top of the cake, grasp the pan bottom and platter bottom with both hands and quickly flip them over so the bottom of the pan is now on top. Place the two, still on top of each other onto the countertop for five minutes. Gravity will help release the cake from the pan. After 5 minutes lift the pan off the plate and reveal your perfectly baked pina colada pineapple upside down cake.
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Tools used to make this Pina Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Baking Pan: This baking dish is a must-have for any home cook. I actually have 3 of them in my cupboard, and each dish comes with a lid for storing leftovers or taking your dishes on the go.
Mixing Bowls: These mixing bowls are perfect for mixing and serving. I love the varied sizes so I always have to right size bowl for all my mixing needs.
Stand Mixer: I don’t know what I’d do without my stand mixer. I use it for just about everything…and I mean everything! Cakes, cookies, mashed potatoes, and shredding chicken!
Rubber Spatula: Rubber spatulas are one of those kitchen tools you don’t realize how much you use until they’re all dirty. This set of three spatulas in various sizes and shapes will make cooking everything from dinner to dessert a breeze.
*This post originally posted on 05/25/2013.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix melted butter and brown sugar. Pour evenly into a 9-inch x 13-inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, Greek yogurt, water, and coconut extract. Beat for 2 minutes.
- Arrange the pineapple slices in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and push into the brown sugar mixture. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice and in the holes created where four pineapples meet.
- Pour cake batter on top of the fruit and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 40-45 min. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
- Run a knife around the edges of the pan and place a serving plate on top of the pan. Flip the cake, but leave the pan on top of the plate so that all the brown sugar can drip down.
- Remove pan and sprinkle with shredded coconut or toasted coconut if desired.