Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

These mini pineapple upside down cakes are a delightful twist on the classic dessert. Perfectly portioned for individual servings, they combine the sweet tang of pineapple with a rich, buttery cake. Ideal for special occasions or an indulgent treat.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 pineapple rings (canned or fresh)
  • 6 maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (reserved from the canned pineapples or fresh juice)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar. Evenly distribute this mixture among the bottom of the muffin cups.
  3. Place a pineapple ring in each muffin cup, trimming the rings if necessary to fit. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream and pineapple juice, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  7. Evenly spoon the batter over the pineapple rings in the muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of each cake to loosen them, then carefully invert the muffin tin onto a baking sheet or cooling rack to release the cakes.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy your mini pineapple upside down cakes!

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