Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

A lot of my local Austin grocery stores have food tastings, and one in particular had a tiny slice of pineapple upside down cake on display last week. I gave a polite wave and declined the sweet, freshly baked bite of cake but didn’t get five feet before I turned my pushcart around and declared to the stranger behind the booth, “It’s been too damn long since I’ve had a slice of pineapple upside down cake!” And, oh, was that ever true.

The little bite was instant bliss, but I was more interested in trying to recreate this cake myself than paying for instant satisfaction… As much as I wanted to snatch a whole cake up from the bakery right then and there.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake 2

If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m a big fan of making my favorite foods mini. Food is just cuter and more fun to make that way, don’t you think? That’s definitely the case with these little cakes. They’re very easy to make even for a decent baker like me, and absolutely scrumptious. All you need is a muffin tin, a bunch of basic ingredients, and 20 minutes to dedicate to this droolworthy, decadent dessert.

… Or breakfast. Just sayin’.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

After the cakes are done baking, just invert your pan onto a cooling rack and they pop right out, smelling sweet and looking golden brown and good enough to eat! The cake is moist, and the sweet pineapple and cherry are perfectly caramelized on top of this pretty, delicious and simple dessert. Make them sometime for party guests, you and someone special, or just yourself… You’ll be so happy to taste this heavenly treat!

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Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Yield: Makes 12 mini cakes


2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable shortening

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices, or 1 can sliced pineapple

12 maraschino cherries, well drained

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Homemade whipped cream, optional


Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat the bottom and sides of 12 muffin cups with 2 tbsp. melted butter or shortening. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Spoon 1 tablespoonful into each muffin cup. Top each with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thickened and lemon-colored. Beat in the oil, sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture and mix well. Fill muffin cups to the top.

Bake for 25-28 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto wire racks to cool completely. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.


Adapted from Taste of Home


28 Responses to “Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes”

  1. #
    warmvanillasugar — August 24, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    I love when you make things mini! Thank goodness it’s one of your favorite things to do. These sound perfect!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    These are a great idea and simply adorable! Great photos!

  3. #
    Jenn — August 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Ok, although I love a good pineapple upside down cake…none have ever made my mouth water like yours! They look amazingly good!

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    Charles — August 24, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    These look so adorable… and pineapple upside down cake is the best isn’t it? There’s something so wonderful in the pairing of fluffy, sweet cake, and a little ring of pineapple. Great photos… I can almost taste it from here :)

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    5 — August 24, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Everything is cuter mini…it’s about the only way to justify Crocs sandals. The photos are lovely!

  6. #
    thecompletecookbook — August 24, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    These are absolutely adorable – I love anything individual.
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

  7. #
    brandi — August 24, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    these are so adorable!

  8. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 24, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    These are darling! Love it!

  9. #
    Tina — August 24, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Awesome little cakes. With these minis no one will fight over who gets the piece with the cherry!

  10. #
    Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — August 24, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    These are adorable! I love personalizing things like this. Oh and pineapple upside down anything is the jam!

  11. #
    Andrea {From the Bookshelf} — August 24, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    These look amazing! I love the look of the individual ones.

  12. #
    Lynda @ TasteFood — August 24, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    I love mini’s too – and these look perfect!

  13. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 24, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    I love any upside down cake. Probably because I love butter and brown sugar with fruit. :) Looks great!

  14. #
    Lisa — August 24, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Was wondering if you could make in a popover pan for added height? How would you adjust the baking time? Yours look scrumptious!! Thanks so much.

  15. #
    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — August 25, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    Hi Lisa – I’m sorry, I don’t know how you could translate this recipe into a popover; I’ve never made them before and couldn’t give you a confident answer!

  16. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 25, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    This is definitely worth turning around for! I haven’t had pineapple upside down cake in so long either and I love your mini version of them :)

  17. #
    wendyweekendgourmet — August 25, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    These are so CUTE…I’m a big believer in both visual and taste appeal in my food, so these are right up my alley!!

  18. #
    Victor — August 25, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I love these cute upside-down pineapple cake. I was craving ever since I came back from my 3-week trip in the UK.

  19. #
    Deborah — August 26, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    These are just too cute!! I haven’t had pineapple upside down cake in awhile either – I need to remedy that!

  20. #
    The Café Sucré Farine — August 26, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    So…. cute! Love this idea!

  21. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 27, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    They are so lovely! Love the individual mini serving.

  22. #
    Yasmeen — August 28, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Absolutely charming, Georgia. They’re like little sunshines.

  23. #
    Val — August 29, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    These are so cute!

  24. #
    oneordinaryday — August 29, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    What a creative idea. I love it! This would be sweet at Spring holidays or showers too.

  25. #
    In Katrina's Kitchen — August 30, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    These are just adorable…charming…cute…all of the above!!! :) Georgia, something happened with my Reader and I somehow lost you! But I’m back now!!! :)

  26. #
    Magic of Spice — August 31, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Oh I do love mini treats…these are not only adorable but they look amazing! I have not had pineapple upside down cake in ages.

  27. #
    yummychunklet — September 1, 2011 @ 2:44 am

    How did I miss this post? So pretty!

  28. #
    swtbluette — January 9, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    These were sooooo delicious…I think I put in way to much batter, because the brown sugar mixture oozed out in my oven and the kitchen filled up with smoke before I knew it lol…I took them out and put them on a baking pan and finished baking them off in the lower oven…so glad for the other oven…I thought the smoke might give them a burnt taste but it didn’t…I think the next time I will make 18 cupcakes..but these are by far the best I have ever eaten…thanks ;-)

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