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Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

I have made pineapple upside-down cake before, but I thought these mini cakes would be cute and fun.

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Special Easter Dessert

At a time like this, when the whole world is shut down due to the coronavirus, a lot of plans and holidays have been put on hold. I think it's important to keep as much normalcy as possible.

Since this is Easter week and we can't be together with my family, I wanted to do something special. So I made my Easter pizza, which I make every year for this holiday. I also wanted to make a special dessert with pineapple. I love having pineapple around Easter—mostly because I cook my ham with pineapple—so I decided to make mini pineapple upside-down cakes. I usually make this cake in a large cake pan with pineapple rings, but I thought that mini cakes would be easier to transport, not to mention cute. I had never made cakes in these little molds before, and I hoped they would come out well. Fortunately, they did!

Each of my daughters stopped over to pick up some Easter pizza and mini cakes, which I had wrapped up really well. They picked up the food from my porch and took it home. We did get to see them through the glass on the door, which was nice. It made me feel like I was able to do something special for them for Easter.

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10 min

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30 min

12 mini cakes


  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, chopped (and juice drained and saved)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 12 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 12 tablespoons brown sugar

Note: Save the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple chunks and use it in the cake mix instead of the water. It gives the cake a little more flavor.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 mini cake molds or 24 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter into the bottom of each sprayed cake mold or muffin cup.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  4. Press a maraschino cherry into the center of the brown sugar.
  5. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the crushed or chopped pineapple over the cherry and brown sugar.
  6. Mix cake mix according to the package directions, replacing the water with the reserved pineapple juice.
  7. Spoon pineapple cake batter into the cake molds or muffin cups, filling them almost to the top.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven on the middle rack until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  9. Allow cakes to cool at least 5 minutes before inverting them onto a tray.

© 2020 Rachel L Alba


Rachel Alba on July 22, 2020:

Hi Lisha, I love your name, by the way. Thank you for your comment and visit. I love to make small desserts. Stay safe and cool.

Blessings to you.

Lisha C on July 21, 2020:

Mini pineapple upside-down cakes are a really good idea. Seems like an easy recipe and looks delicious, too. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel Alba on June 23, 2020:

Hi Peggy. Your comments are always appreciated. I hope you and your family are all in good health as well.

Blessings to you and yours.

Rachel Alba on June 23, 2020:

Hi Sp Greaney. Thank you for visiting and following my hubs. I like easy and fast recipes too.

blessings to you.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 23, 2020:

Love this recipe. Anything that takes less than an hour to prepare and bake are great future dessert ideas.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:

What a clever idea to make those mini pineapple upside-down cakes. I am glad that you got to see your family even if it was separated by a glass door. Stay safe and keep cooking treats for your family.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 17, 2020:

Hi Thelma, Thank you for your visit and comment. It's encouraging.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 17, 2020:

Hi Mitara, Thank you for your super nice comments. I appreciate your visits too.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 17, 2020:

Hi Liza, How interesting that the first time you tasted such an American dessert would be in Italy. I love it. Thank you for sharing that story and for your comments.

Blessings to you.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 13, 2020:

Yummy! I love pineapple upside-down cake but I have not made the mini version of it. Thanks for the idea. Well done!

Mitara N from South Africa on April 13, 2020:

Your recipe looks absolutely divine! Pineapple is one fruit that goes on any dish whether sweet or savoury.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful recipe

Liza from USA on April 11, 2020:

Yummy! I remember the first time I had a pineapple upside-down cake was in Italy. An Italian lady made for my roommates and me a day before we were leaving. (After 3 months stayed with her) It was delicious. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits! Thank you for sharing the recipe, Rachel.

Rachel Alba on April 11, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada. Thank you for your great comments. They are encouraging. I too hope you and your family are all in good health. Stay safe and healthy.

Have a Blessed Easter

Rachel Alba on April 11, 2020:

Hi Liz. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a very popular cake. I'm glad you still liked my idea of making them smaller versions. I hope you and your family are all good from the virus.

Have a Blessed Easter

Rachel Alba on April 11, 2020:

Hi Umesh. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate it. I hope you and your family are all well in the midst of this pandemic. Have a Blessed Easter

Rachel Alba on April 11, 2020:

Hi Pamela, Not many people don't like pineapple. I'm glad you like my recipe. Thanks for the visit. I hope you and your family are all ok during this virus crisis.

Have a Blessed Easter

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 11, 2020:

This sounds delicious and easy to make.

Your step wise instructions and pictures are well explained. Thanks for sharing.

Stay Safe and take care. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 11, 2020:

This is a great idea. I too have made the bigger version before with pineapple rings.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 10, 2020:

Nice recipe. Rachel, you appear to be quite an expert in cake baking. Keep up your good work. God bless you. Be in touch in HubPages.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2020:

The mini pineapple upside down cakes look great. I like pineapple upside down cake but I think these cakes are perfect. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Rachel.

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