Campfire Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min./cake


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
We make these fun cakes while camping or in the backyard around a fire. They're yummy for kids and adults alike. Be aware that the sandwich iron gets hot, so adults should handle and open it. —Cheryl Grimes, Whiteland, Indiana
Campfire Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 teaspoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 canned pineapple slices
  • 6 maraschino cherries
  • 6 individual round sponge cakes


  1. Place 1 teaspoon butter in 1 side of sandwich iron. Hold over fire to melt; remove from fire. Carefully sprinkle 1 tablespoon brown sugar over melted butter. Top with pineapple ring; add cherry to center of pineapple. Top with cake (flat side up); close iron.
  2. Cook pineapple side down over a hot campfire until brown sugar is melted and cake is heated through, 5-8 minutes. Invert iron to open, and serve cake on an individual plate.

Test Kitchen tips
  • We tested these little cakes with fresh pineapple, too, but liked canned better. Fresh pineapple took too long to get tender. Canned was a perfect fit.
  • After you invert each warm cake from the iron, there will be some caramelly goodness left behind; drizzle over each cake to serve.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cake: 211 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.