If you like pineapple upside down cake, like my husband does and cheesecake, like I do, you will love this "Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake"! This is not only a really delicious dessert, it's also special enough for the holidays and looks beautiful! It's also not hard to make, but will impress your guests! Here is what you will need for this one:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 (20 oz.) can of pineapple slices, drained
8 maraschino cherries
1 butter flavored cake mix (can use yellow), plus the ingredients called for on the box for preparing
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (3 oz.) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9 inch spring form pan well with nonstick spray. Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together in the pan. Place 8 pineapple slices in the sugar mixture. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each slice. Cut the two remaining pineapple slices in half and place decoratively around the center slice.
Prepare the cake mix batter according to the directions. Pour half of the batter over the pineapple rings.
Beat the cream cheese, pudding mix, eggs and vanilla together with an electric mixer until smooth. Carefully spread over the cake batter in the pan. Pour remaining cake batter over the cream cheese layer.
Place in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 65 to 75 or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.
Loosen the edges and turn out onto a cake plate.