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Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • Cooking Time:

    3–3 1/2 hours
  • Servings:



5 T. but­ter, unsalt­ed, in small pieces, plus more for the cook­er
3/4 c. dark brown sug­ar, firm­ly packed plus more for lin­ing the cook­er
3 T. dark rum (option­al)
8 pineap­ple, rings, canned PLUS
1/4 c. pineap­ple juice, reserved pineap­ple juice from can
8 cher­ries, fresh or frozen cher­ries, pit­ted (option­al)
3/4 c. cake flour
2/3 c. sug­ar
3/4 tsp. bak­ing pow­der
1/2 tsp. ground cin­na­mon
1/4 tsp. ground nut­meg
1/4 tsp. fine salt
4 T. unsalt­ed but­ter, soft­ened
1 large egg, at room tem­per­a­ture
1 large egg yolk, at room tem­per­a­ture
2 T. milk
ice cream for serv­ing (option­al)

Pineap­ple Upside Down Cake is one of my husband’s favorite desserts. The dense­ness of the (not too sweet) cake com­bined with the fruit and caramelized sug­ar makes us feel like we are back in Hawaii — where we first had this home­made dessert. (I’m not count­ing mom’s boxed ren­di­tion!) Enjoy this tasty home­made ver­sion right from your Crock!

  1. But­ter the inside of a slow cook­er or the inside of a slow cook­er lin­er, then line com­plete­ly with foil, and also but­ter the foil.
  2. Set the slow cook­er to high. Sprin­kle but­ter, brown sug­ar and rum over the foil on the bot­tom of the crock.
  3. Cov­er the bot­tom with the pineap­ple slices in a slight­ly over­lap­ping ring pat­tern, plac­ing one in the cen­ter and press­ing the pineap­ple into the sug­ar. If desired, place one cher­ry in the cen­ter of each pineap­ple ring.
  4. Sift the flour, and mix with sug­ar, bak­ing pow­der, cin­na­mon, nut­meg, and salt into a bowl; then whisk to com­bine even­ly.
  5. In a sep­a­rate bowl, beat the egg with an elec­tric mix­er. Whisk in the milk and pineap­ple juice. Add the egg mix­ture to the flour and blend well to com­bine com­plete­ly.
  6. Mix briefly at medi­um speed to make a smooth bat­ter.
  7. Pour the bat­ter over the pineap­ples and smooth with a spat­u­la to even it out. Lay a dou­bled length of paper tow­el from end to end over the top of the slow cook­er, to line the lid and cre­ate a tighter seal. (The paper tow­el helps to col­lect addi­tion­al con­den­sa­tion from drip­ping off the lid back onto the cake.)
  8. Cov­er the cake tight­ly with the lid and con­tin­ue to cook on high until the cake begins to brown slight­ly on the sides and springs back when touched in the mid­dle, about 3 1/2 hours. Turn off the cook­er and let the cake set, about 20 min­utes more.
  9. Using the foil, lift the cake from the crock and set on the counter to cool, about 30 min­utes more. Fold back the foil, and care­ful­ly invert cake onto a plat­ter so you can see the caramelized pineap­ples and cher­ries, if used.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly "Mom Monday" segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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When bak­ing in the crock­pot, I always use a flour­sack tea tow­el over the top to line the lid and absorb the excess mois­ture.


That´s what I use also! 🙂


What do you do with the egg white? Mix it in with the oth­er egg?

Carla B
Carla B

Jenn, do you use the old stan­dard size crock pot like the ones we used in the 70’s? Mine is big­ger than that and won­der if this recipe will work. thanks — Car­la

Sweet Bee
Sweet Bee

If i use a crock pot lin­er do I need to use the foil?


Can this recipe be used to bake the cake in a reg­u­lar oven? My crock pot is out of com­mis­sion right now.


I’m con­fused where to add the 4 T of but­ter. It doesn’t state it in the direc­tions. I assume with the egg mix­ture?


Can I use cake mix instead?


Can you use parch­ment paper instead of foil to line the crock­pot?

Meet Jenn Bare

Jenn is the founder of Get­Crocked, the #1 resource for slow cook­ing with over 1.5 mil­lion online fol­low­ers. She inno­vates recipes dai­ly with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cook­er.

She innovates recipes daily…

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a week­ly “Mom Mon­day” seg­ment on ABC-15 in Phoenix.

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