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Easy Rice Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Rice cooker pineapple upside down cake is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make. All you need are a rice cooker and a few ingredients for the cake. And if you want a little extra color, add a few cherries! After it’s gone, don’t be surprised when your family asks for it again.

Slice of pineapple upside down cake on a cake server

Ever since college, I’ve known that you can use many small kitchen appliances for more than one thing. One girl I knew made soup in her coffee maker, while another made fudge in a popcorn popper. It was all great fun as well as practical.

When I received my first rice cooker, I made rice almost everyday. After the newness subsided, I decided to try cooking other things in it. Some things worked, while others didn’t. I’ll post more recipes as I make them again.

You just might be surprised by what this little workhorse can do. For example, I’ve made frittatas and other desserts in it, and they always turn out to be wonderful.

When I need a hearty breakfast, I like to make this rice cooker oatmeal. I put the ingredients into the rice cooker, turn it on, and then I take my shower. It’s ready when I am.

I have two sizes of rice cookers—a small one and a medium one. Eventually, I’ll get a large one, but first, I have to figure out where to store it. That’s always an issue for me since I’m a kitchen gadget junkie. I keep running out of cabinet space.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Made in a Rice Cooker

My husband and I both enjoy eating pineapple upside down cake, but it’s messy to make the traditional way. With a rice cooker, you only need a pan and a bowl, so there’s very little cleanup.

Are you skeptical about making a pineapple upside down cake in a rice cooker? Think about it. A rice cooker is simply an appliance with a big container and a heating element.

Basically, that’s all you need to make quite a few things. It’s actually easier than having to fuss with the oven.

Slice of cake on a pie server

When making a pineapple upside down cake in your rice cooker, keep these things in mind:

Don’t overcook it. Allow it to run through one cycle, test it with a toothpick, and determine whether or not it is done. If not, you can always run it through another cycle.

Any form of canned pineapple will work. It’s all about personal preference.

If you want to add color, cut some maraschino cherries in half and dot the cake with it after it is cooked. Cooking the cherries will darken them and make them look dull.

Add more or less cinnamon and ginger, according to taste.

Ingredients for a Rice Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You’ll need some basic ingredients to make this delicious treat. Of course, you’ll start with a medium-size rice cooker.

Medium-size white rice cooker

Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Small can of crushed, chunk, or sliced pineapple
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon, ginger, or apple pie spice (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries (optional)

You might notice that I use gluten-free cake mix. But if you don’t have to be gluten-free, you can use a regular mix.

Cake mix, butter, eggs, pineapple, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger

Additionally, you need some milk. I use unflavored almond milk, but you can use whatever kind you have in the fridge.

Carton and small glass bowl of almond milk

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions without images, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make a Rice Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

First, spray the inside of the rice cooker. Next, melt the butter.

Butter melting in the rice cooker

While the butter is melting, combine the eggs, milk, and cake mix in a medium-size bowl. Mix well.

After the butter is melted, add the brown sugar evenly over the butter. Now sprinkle in whatever spices you want to use. Keep the rice cooker on while you stir.

Melted sugar and spices

Once the sugar has melted, add the pineapple.

Either arrange pineapple slices or spread crushed pineapple over the bottom of the rice cooker. You can even do both!

Crushed pineapple poured over the melted butter, sugar, and spices
Add Pineapple

If you want maraschino cherries, add them now. Press them down so they’ll be on top of the pineapple after you turn it upside down.

Finally, pour the cake batter into the rice cooker and put the lid on so it can do its work.

Uncooked cake mix batter
Pour Batter

Allow the rice cooker to run through its regular 15-minute cycle. Then use the toothpick test to check for doneness.

If the toothpick comes out clean, turn off the heat (or unplug it) and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes.

Rice cooker pineapple upside down cake after it's done.

It’s done!

Place a plate over the rice cooker and quickly flip the cake onto the plate. It came out much more easily than the traditional version.

Normally, my pineapple upside down cakes stick to the pan. But with the rice cooker, it let go without any trouble.

Rice cooker pineapple upside down cake on a platter

Rice Cooker Cake – Delicious and Moist

The texture of my rice cooker upside down cake is much better than the traditional version. Whether it’s the method of cooking or something scientific that I don’t understand, it doesn’t matter.

There wasn’t a dry bite in the whole cake. Even my husband was amazed by the texture.

Fork of pineapple upside down cake made in the rice cooker

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rice Cookers

Rice cookers are appliances that have been around for a long time. However, their popularity has soared in the last ten years.

What Is the Best Rice Cooker to Buy?

Choose a rice cooker that suits your needs. First, determine how big of one you need based on the number of people you cook for.

Secondly, decide what features you’ll need and find one that has them. One of the features I like is a nonstick surface because cleanup is so easy.

Last, look at the reviews of the ones you like and let that help you make a decision.

What Are the Benefits of a Rice Cooker?

A rice cooker is the best way to prepare rice because after it reaches the desired doneness it keeps the rice warm until the rest of the meal is ready.

As you can see from the information above, there are other things you can cook besides rice. I love the fact that it keeps the food warm without drying it out.

What Is the Difference Between a Rice Cooker and a Slow Cooker?

A slow cooker slowly brings the food up to the desired cooking temperature, while the rice cooker does it as quickly as possible.

Slice of pineapple upside down cake

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Delicious looking bite of cake on a banner

More Delicious Recipes

I enjoy cooking, but I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. For that reason, I’ve come up with some great recipes that are delicious but quick to make. One of them is this granola fruit crisp dessert.

This lemon meringue pie is undoubtedly one of the most popular desserts I make. I also have a group of 10 delicious pumpkin treats–some from other bloggers and some of my own recipes.

More Pineapple Recipes

Since pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, I cook with it as much as possible. I like fresh pineapple, canned pineapple, and any kind of cooked pineapple.

We absolutely love these recipes:

Air Fryer Pineapple Rings – There’s something about cooking pineapple in the air fryer that brings out the extra sweetness of this yummy fruit!

Pineapple Dump Cake – The name of this wonderful dessert doesn’t do it justice. But it’s super easy because you basically dump the ingredients into a pan, bake, and serve. So easy!

Pineapple Smoothie – Here’s a drink that’s so refreshing on a hot summer day. Or if you want one in the middle of winter, no one will stop you!

Pineapple Baked Beans – Bring this to your next potluck, and you can pretty much guarantee invitations to every potluck in the future! It’s a delicious way to get your pineapple fix in the most unexpected way!

More Desserts You’ll Enjoy

Although you’ll love this pineapple upside down cake (I’m obsessed), it’s good to have more than one dessert up your sleeve. Well, not literally up your sleeve, but you know what I mean.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll undoubtedly love these macaroons and peanut butter cookies. Because who doesn’t like coconut and peanut butter, right?

And then there’s the mug cake we can’t resist. So yum!

See this pineapple upside down cake recipe shared at Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.

Yield: 8 servings

Rice Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Slice of pineapple upside down cake from the rice cooker

This delicious and moist pineapple upside down cake was made in a rice cooker. It's easy to prepare!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cup yellow cake mix (I used gluten-free mix.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 small can of pineapple (I used crushed pineapple, but you can use whatever you prefer.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger


  1. Spray the interior of the bowl section of a medium-size rice cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Turn on the rice cooker.
  2. Cut the butter into pieces and put in the cooker. Melt the butter.
  3. While the butter is melting, Mix the cake mix with the eggs and milk in a medium-size bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and spices to the melted butter. Stir until the sugar melts into the butter.
  5. Drain the pineapple and add the juice to the batter. Pour the pineapple into the rice cooker and spread over the melted sugar.
  6. Stir the batter again, until the pineapple juice is evenly distributed.
  7. Pour the batter over the pineapple in the rice cooker and put the lid on it.
  8. Cook for a full 15-minute cycle. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out without cake batter on it, it’s done. If not, turn it on again and check every 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook it, or it will come out dry. Mine was done after the first cycle.
  9. Turn off the heat and let the cake rest for 5-10 minutes. Place a plate upside down over the top of the rice cooker opening and quickly flip the cake onto it. The cake should come out easily, but if there is any pineapple-sugar mixture still in the rice cooker, scrape it out and gently press it into the cake.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 226Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 62mgSodium 237mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 1gSugar 26gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Michael J Deininger

Monday 6th of February 2023

Can’t wait to start putting the rice cooker to work.


Monday 6th of February 2023

Hi Michael. Yes, absolutely! Put that thing to work! It's a lot more versatile than most people realize.


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

How many cups is a medium rice cooker? There are so many different sizes


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Hi Kim. I think mine is an 8-cup rice cooker.


Friday 12th of August 2022

Hi, I just recently learned about making cakes in a rice cooker. I can't wait to try this one, thanks.


Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi Lija. Yes, it makes life so much easier! Enjoy!


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Hi this looks so yummy!


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Thanks, Emma! It's delicious!


Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Thank you for the wonderful article

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