Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Updated on April 12, 2020
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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 | Source

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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3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 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.

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Chop the pineapple chunksSpray the cake molds. Add melted butter and brown sugar.Add the cherries.Add the chopped pineapple.Top with cake batter.Baked cakes, fresh out of the oven, before inversion.
Chop the pineapple chunks
Chop the pineapple chunks | Source
Spray the cake molds. Add melted butter and brown sugar.
Spray the cake molds. Add melted butter and brown sugar. | Source
Add the cherries.
Add the cherries. | Source
Add the chopped pineapple.
Add the chopped pineapple. | Source
Top with cake batter.
Top with cake batter. | Source
Baked cakes, fresh out of the oven, before inversion.
Baked cakes, fresh out of the oven, before inversion. | Source

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      Rachel Alba 

      11 days ago

      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.

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      Rachel Alba 

      11 days ago

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

      blessings to you.

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      Sp Greaney 

      11 days ago from Ireland

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      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.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      2 months ago from Germany and Philippines

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

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      Mitara N 

      2 months ago from South Africa

      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

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      2 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

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

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      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.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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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