Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

03.14.2018

I’m definitely adding these delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes to my list of favorite cupcakes! Not that that list really exists other than in my mind, but these are totally there. I love these so much because they are just one of those good old fashioned recipes like your mom or grandma used to make, but they’ve been slightly modernized in cupcake form or “mini pineapple upside down cakes”.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes With Cherry and Whipped Cream

I could eat three of them in one sitting no problem, which is why I’m making them again tomorrow for the second time this week! I’m having family over for a ham and potato dinner (my mom makes the best ham gravy) and I thought these would be the perfect finish for that meal. Pineapple and ham it just goes together, right?

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These are actually really easy to make, they require a few steps but it goes pretty fast.  It’s worth the extra steps, I promise. Whatever you do though, don’t leave off the maraschino cherries. It’s just wouldn’t be the same without them.

You can usually find the cherries either by the canned fruit at the grocery store or buy the ice cream cones. My kids go crazy for the things (oh, and me too). I have to hide them when I buy them or it’s like the first thing they ask for every day. Smart kids, I mean how could your day go wrong when you start it out with a maraschino cherry? The finer things in life.

Scroll below the recipe to see the steps for making these cupcakes!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

4.5 from 2 votes

These delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are the perfect party dessert.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, pineapple cupcake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
  • 1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup (2.7 oz) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (2.6 oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (5.6 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) pineapple juice (from pineapple chunk can)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 12 maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 muffin cups well with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Drain both cans of the pineapple chunks while reserving 1/2 cup of the juice for batter. Place pineapple over several layers of paper towels to drain well. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl then stir brown sugar into melted butter.
  3. Divide mixture among muffin wells, adding about 2 tsp to each. Arrange pineapple chunks on top of the sugar mixture, about 5 in each (you may not use all of them but I found one 20 oz can wasn't quite enough so I ended up opening 2 cans.
  4. The pineapple may be too long to make a flower shape but try to squeeze in 5 of them unless they are large chunks). Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt.
  6. Set mixer with a paddle attachment, add butter and pineapple juice then mix until batter is smooth, about 1 - 2 minutes (if using a paddle attachment that doesn't constantly scrape bowl, then occasionally stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout mixing process).
  7. Mix in egg and vanilla extract until well combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, layering batter over pineapple layer.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 23 - 26 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes, then run a sharp knife around edges to loosen.
  9. Place a wire cooling rack over top of muffin pan and flip to invert onto wire rack. Let cool completely then pipe sweetened whipped cream over cupcakes just before serving and top with a maraschino cherry.
  10. For the sweetened whipped cream:
  11. In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer (or in a clean stand mixing bowl set with whisk attachment), whip cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar then whip until stiff peaks form.
  12. Recipe source: adapted from Bake Create Love
Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 23g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 10.3%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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78 comments

  • A Taste Of Madness: I love this idea! So cute :) February 15, 2015 at 8:49pm Reply

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat: A close friend of mine makes a similar pineapple cake. While I am not a big fan of the fruit, this definitely makes me want more of it! February 15, 2015 at 5:58pm Reply

  • Mimi: These look really good! I’ll definitely have to get some pineapple and try these next week. :) February 15, 2015 at 4:26pm Reply

  • Deborah: LOVE!! I did a pineapple upside down cupcake years and years ago that I have been wanting to rephotograph, but they are in a jumbo muffin tin to fit the pineapple. I LOVE that you did chunks like this to make regular cupcakes – just brilliant!! February 15, 2015 at 7:15am Reply

  • Leslie: I’ve made these before, they are really good. I think they are really pretty & make a great impression on the plate. February 14, 2015 at 11:57pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These cupcakes are so, so pretty! Love the whipped cream topping! February 14, 2015 at 11:38pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Beautiful! I love the full size cake but these cupcakes need to happen soon! February 14, 2015 at 6:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anna! February 14, 2015 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Lauren: These are gorgeous! I’m definitely making them for some dinner guests next weekend. How far in advance can I add the whip cream and cherry? I love having a beautiful dessert on display when guests arrive but know that isn’t always possible. Thanks for another great recipe! February 14, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’d be fine to add it an hour maybe even two in advance. I hope you love them :)! February 14, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

      • Mary: Can I use regular whipping cream January 9, 2016 at 11:17am Reply

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