Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes Recipe
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Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes Recipe

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These individual pineapple upside-down cakes are an eye-catching addition to my holiday dessert table. A boxed cake mix makes them easy to bake anytime. —Cindy Colley, Othello, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
  • 12 maraschino cherries, halved
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 184 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and butter until blended. Spoon into 24 greased muffin cups. Drain pineapple, reserving the juice; spoon pineapple into prepared cups. Place a cherry half cut side down in the center of each.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and reserved pineapple juice. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Spoon over pineapple, filling each cup three-fourths full.
  3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p80

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No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 230937
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Very good, and really like the individual servings... Would be great to take camping. I do think next time I will be sure and have whipped topping on hand though."

xrayou62 User ID: 7886180 60064
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"My wife will be surprised that I got this dessert. This is my first since my retirement. I made 24 mini molds and 6 regular. I had too much cake mixture that I can throw. She eats a few and the rest will be for me. Sorry for my English because I have to take a translator."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 147896
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Oh my gosh, are these good!!!! Next time, I'm going to wait and put the cherries on after I take them out of the pan, just to make them prettier. Mine didn't quite look like the picture, but oh are they good!!!!!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 63716
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"I like the fact that this recipe makes individual servings. It is perfect for barbecues and picnics. I used whole pineapple rings. They were just a little too big to it in the muffin cups, so I removed a piece from each ring to fit into the muffin cups. April 20th is National Upside Down Cake Day."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1654762 132749
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Took these to a church fundraiser and everyone wants the recipe. Easy to make too."

momsutton User ID: 3377499 135579
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I haven't tried it yet but very excited to try this recipe - however, I have a question. As you say the recipe is diabetic friendly - could you use the sugar free cake mix? I think I will try it with that type of mix to assist in lowering the sugar. Any suggestions?"

rhduc User ID: 4772246 207255
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Haven't made it but looks good!! Nice presentation! @ ylns493p, muffin tins and cupcake tins are the same thing, but do come in a variety of sizes; this recipe uses the standard size (not mini or jumbo). Bake away!!"

ylns493p User ID: 2151444 158706
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"These mini pineapple upside-down cakes really look good and I'm looking forward to making them. I do have one question before I make them, and that is: What exactly do you mean by Muffin Pans? What is the difference between cupcake tins and muffin cups in for this recipe? Thank You!"

hassall User ID: 4339582 60059
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"These tasted great and looked pretty too!!!

Very moist and nice size."

sweetviolets User ID: 4454104 154919
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"I made these for a dinner with my sweeties family and they were a HUGE hit! I also made a few with diced banana's and I LOVED those!"

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