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Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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I adore this amazing recipe for mini pineapple upside down cake. So moist and light, but with that unique sugary zing. I just can’t get enough. Too bad it only makes a two, because I could eat that many alone. LOL!

Just kidding, I stopped at one, then shared the others with the family. I mean, the mini cakes have only been on the counter for a little while and they are definitely calling my name, but they will wait until dessert after dinner.

They. Will. Wait.

overhead view of a mini pineapple upside down cake

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that these mini pineapple upside down cakes are super moist. Not just like in the way that cake is traditionally moist, but a the-fruit-juice-adds-more-moistness kind of way.

Like cake needs more moistness–but really, this is fantastic.

easy recipe for mini pineapple upside down cakes

Almost like these mini cakes have a syrup on them. Which, essentially they do.

A light butter-sugar-pineapple-cherry syrup that’s embedded. Pretty much my favorite way to enjoy a syrup on a cake, right?!

closeup of mini pineapple upside down cake

How to Make a Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You seriously aren’t going to believe how easy this recipe for mini pineapple upside down cake is.


No need for a small saucepan over medium heat. No vanilla extract and pineapple slices. Just a muffin tin and a little magic.

So, here’s the magic trick: layering the best parts on the bottom of the cupcake tin, then using a super easy cake batter made from a mix that you can find at any grocery store.

side view of mini upside down pineapple cake

Don’t panic, this is the trick! I’m not joking about not needing pineapple rings. So, hold your horses and don’t start stuffing them in your muffin cups.

That cake mix can be blah sometimes. I get it. And dry.

Those things are just a different kind of cake on their own.

But when you combine it with the magic layered sauce…that’s the magic.

If you want an Instant Pot Version of this Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake, check this out!

two mini pineapple upside down cakes on a plate with a fork
Yield: 24 Yummy Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

I love these mini pineapple upside down cakes. The pineapple, the cherry and that wonderful crumb just makes my mouth water.

Ingredients

  • Pineapple Cake Mix (or yellow cake mix)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⁄2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. pineapple juice
  • 1⁄2 c. melted butter
  • 1-1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 4 c. crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 24 maraschino cherries, patted dry

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray two muffin tins with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and pineapple juice on medium speed until smooth. Continue to beat for an additional 2 minutes. mini pineapple upside down cake batter being mixed
  3. Place 1 tsp melted butter in the bottom of each cupcake tin.
  4. Add 2 tsp brown sugar into each cupcake tin. mini pineapple upside down cake being layered into tins
  5. Place a cherry in the center of each tin and then add 1 tbsp of crushed pineapple around the cherry and pack it all down. supplies to make mini pineapple upside down cake recipe
  6. Fill each cupcake tin with batter to just below the edge. mini pineapple upside down cake batter in tins
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the counter for 5 minutes. Invert cupcake tin and remove the cakes, then flip each over and enjoy! mini pineapple upside down cakes lined up on a white table

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 34mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 23gProtein 1g

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