Save on Pinterest

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

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.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup canola oil


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto wire racks to cool.
Nutrition 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.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • love2quilt2
    May 16, 2020

    No comment left

  • Patricia
    Sep 17, 2019

    No comment left

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • Nov 27, 2011

    No comment left

  • joyce.rowland
    Oct 18, 2011

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

  • momsutton
    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
    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!!