Boxed cake mixes are a gift to any busy cook, but it must be admitted that they can be just a tiny bit, well, uninteresting. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however. Think of them, rather, as an invitation to creativity.
A boxed cake mix can be the platform for so many interesting recipes. Here is one we’d like to share. Maybe because the original Pineapple Upside Down Cake is such a fussy recipe, we really like this 5-ingredient slow-cooker version.
It’s simple to put together and the results are superb: rich, sweet, and satisfyingly gooey. You may never bother with the from-scratch version again!
Fix-It and Forget-It 5-Ingredient Favorites, page 238
Makes 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-5 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-qt.
½ cup butter, or margarine, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 medium-sized can pineapple slices, drained, reserving juice
6-8 maraschino cherries
1 box dry yellow cake mix
1. Combine butter and brown sugar. Spread over bottom of well-greased cooker.
2. Add pineapple slices and place cherries in the center of each one.
3. Prepare cake according to package directions, using pineapple juice for part of liquid. Spoon cake batter into cooker over top fruit.
4. Cover cooker with 2 tea towels and then with its own lid. Cook on High 1 hour, and then on Low 3-4 hours.