Mini Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Using fruits in cakes has been traditional and tasty, but I had never tried a pineapple upside-down cake until now. The concept had always fascinated me, as I'm not very good with cake decorations using a cone, so it works for me when I can use the natural beauty of the fruits itself to act as the decoration!! As I'm always looking for party-food ideas, I was attracted to try the Mini Upside-down Pineapple cakes as they are easy to make and result into individual servings which is perfect for entertaining guests. I went with the widely-used pineapple and cherries combination on this first attempt, but you are free to use the fruits that you like. No matter what you choose, these mini desserts are bound be classic!!

1 packet of yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup butter + 3 tbsp melted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar (you can use regular sugar as an alternative)
12 maraschino cherries (canned ones are fine)
20-ounce can of pineapple rings
12 cup large-muffin tray or mini cupcake moulds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the muffin cups.

Drain canned pineapple, reserving liquid in another cup.

Combine the melted butter and brown sugar and beat for 1-2 mins.

Evenly spoon 2 tbsp of this mixture into the muffin cups. Place a ring of pineapple inside so that it's dipped into the juice, then top with one cherry in the center of the ring.

Beat the cake mix, butter, baking soda and eggs in large bowl. Slowly add the milk and whisk, then add 3 tbsp of the reserved pineapple juice. Beat for 3-4 mins on low speed.

Now divide the batter among muffin cups and spread on top of the pineapple rings evenly. Fill just as you would fill the cups with muffin mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to rest in pan for 2 minutes and then invert onto serving platter.

Serve each mini upside-down pineapple cake topped with whipped cream on the side! You can also use cherries, plums, peaches, cranberries, bananas and nuts for variations of this recipe.

Related Recipes:

No-Bake Mini-Cheesecakes
Mini Chocolate Heart Cakes
Low-Fat Strawberry Vanilla Cakes

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Cris said...

Upside-down cake!!! One of my favorites, and a mini-one, it's so cute!

Deepz said...

Yummy cake recipe and I love the mini idea. Gr8 for serving at parties.

musical said...

Yaar, thats a seriously gorgeous cake! and like the size of the cake :).

Padmaja said...

hey your mini pineapple cake looks pretty delicious, a bite please!!

Mansi said...

This treat is just a reminder to go grab some peaches and start cooking/baking!!:) as for tastings, we still have a little left, so everyone's invited:)

Kribha said...

Mansi , this is a really creative idea for entertaining large crowds. I'm bookmarking the recipe. will try it soon. I love your pic. About the peaches... still thinking what to do. Hope I don't miss the deadline.

Padma said...

I love pineapple cake! Loved ur presentation!

KellytheCulinarian said...

Thanks for catching my mistake! I don't know what I'd do without my reading editors :)

Tee said...

Looks so pretty...i love you mini cake. I have also made this cake, not mini ones, though. Making individual cakes in muffin pan sounds like a great idea. :)

TBC said...

Mansi, that looks fabulous!
I wish I could have some. The pineapple is one of my fav fruits.
Reg participating in AFAM, I had made something which had peaches in it. Will post it soon & send it to you.I hope you accept the entry;-)

Mansi said...

Kribha- get thinking and start cooking!

TBC - Send it in, of course I'll accept it!

Tee, Padma, Padmaja and others - I'm waiting for Peach entries from all of you!!

Jyothi said...

Even me too...never tried and tasted. But whenever I see this recipe, immediately I will think to prepare. Looks great and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Sreelu said...

Wow Manasi, looks so pretty,wish I could have a bite :)

Suganya said...

I am so behind and you have managed to post so many. I liked each and every one of 'em, Mansi :)

Swaruchy said...

absolutely gorgeous mansi...will have to give it a shot :-)

remya said...

lovely upside-down cake the mini muffins cute...thanku for sharing....having apotluck dinner next week...i'll try this cute ones

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried this recipe? I'm trying to figure out when the 1/2 cup of melted butter goes into the cake, and if the milk should actually be 1 full cup. This made the batter REALLY loose.

Mansi said...

Hi, sorry for the confusion. there was a typo in the post; I have updated it with proper ingredient list and more specific instructions. and yes, I have tried it, so I know this updated recipe should work.

Anonymous said...


You melt the brown sugar in butter in the cake tin. And then place the pineapplie slices along with the entire cake batter and then bake. The one important thing is while baking do we not have to add baking paper/butter paper. Will the cake get burnt in this process without the use of butter paper. Please reply as I want to try this cake during the weekend.


Anonymous said...

the instructions doesn't state when to add the baking powder. i'm guessing with the cake mix...but then again if you are using a cake mix it should already be in the mix.

Mansi said...

hi there,

thanks for pointing out my mistake! actually, its baking soda, not baking powder. I've updated the recipe and instructions. good luck with the cake!:)