Smoked Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Simple smoked dessert recipe - Traeger - Easy smoker recipes
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Smoked Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, cherries, Dessert, Pineapple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rest 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Nick


  • 1 box yellow cake mix 9 oz.
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8-10 pineapple slices
  • 8-10 maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs


  • get your smoker setup to cook at 350 degrees
  • Pour three tablespoons of melted butter into the bottom of your 12" skillet
  • sprinkle 1 cup of brown sugar over top of the butter. Make sure the butter and brown sugar mixture covers the entire bottom of your skillet
  • Place pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar mixture, and then place one cherry inside each of the pineapple slices. Don't discard the pineapple juice!
    pineapples and cherries for the pineapple upside down cake recipe
  • Prepare the cake mix per the instructions on the side of the box, but replace the water with the reserved pineapple juice. 
  • Thoroughly mix the batter, and then pour it over the pineapples and cherries. Put the skillet in your hot smoker, and let it cook for about 40 minutes.
    batter for pineapple upside down cake
  • The cake is done when a toothpick can be inserted in the center and pulls out clean.
  • When the cake is done remove it from the smoker and let it cool for ten minutes.
  • Run a spatula around the outer edge of the cake, and then place a large cutting board on top of the skillet. Carefully flip the skillet and cutting board (to make the skillet upside down!) Tap on the top of the skillet a few times to make sure the cake has come out, and then remove the skillet.
    pineapple upside down cake