Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes

Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes - by Glorious Treats

Here I am… me, Glory, posting on my own blog for once!  Well, once out of the last couple months!  I’m so thankful to Bethany, LisaShellyDarla, Julie and Kristan for creating beautiful posts for me while I’ve been crazy busy working on my book.  Although the book will not be available until next year, then majority of my work is done, and I’m so excited to be back to my regular blog posting schedule!

I’ve wanted to share this recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes for quite a while!  In fact, more than once I’ve made them with the intention of taking photos… but we kind of ate them all before I had a chance!  =)

This cake is just so classic and delicious!  Feel free to make a traditional Pineapple-Upside Down Cake with the recipe, or follow the instructions to create fun individual Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes.

As I’m sure you well know, I love individual desserts.  Somehow a dessert seems extra special when each person get’s their own individual, perfect piece.   Or maybe I’m still stuck in childhood and want to make sure everyone gets a “fair” piece.

How to make Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes - by Glorious Treats

If desired, you could prepare this recipe using the pineapple and brown sugar glaze listed, but replace the cake recipe with a boxed mix yellow cake (prepare the cake batter as directed on the box).

These beautiful and delicious little cakes can be made up to two days in advance.

Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes - by Glorious Treats

My mom would occasionally make pineapple upside down cake when I was growing up, so the sweet and moist cake always reminds me of my childhood.  For some reason, pineapple upside down cake is one of those treats that I forget how much I like.  I often go a long time without making it, but then each time I make it,  I remember how much I love it!

When was the last time you enjoyed Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes Recipe

Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes - by Glorious Treats

Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes

Make this recipe using a jumbo cupcake pan for individual servings, or in a 9"x13" pan for a classic cake.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 612 kcal


Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 6 tablespoons Challenge butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 canned pineapple slices you'll need 2 cans
  • 6 maraschino cherries each cut in half


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil vegetable, canola, etc
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream any fat content


  • Prepare 2 JUMBO cupcake pans by greasing the molds, and then lining just the bottoms with paper liners. I used Jumbo cupcake liners, and cut them down so the liner just fills the bottom (and up the side just a bit). The liner will just help keep the pineapple and glaze in tact as you remove the cakes from the pan.
  • Prepare the pineapple slices by cutting out a notch of pineapple (as pictured above). This allows the pineapple to sit nicely in the bottom of the cupcake pan. Cut one pineapple slice and then place it in your pan to get an idea of the size piece you need to remove.
  • Prepare the brown sugar glaze by combining the butter, corn syrup and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until the butter and sugar are melted, and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • Prepare the cake batter. In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 15 seconds. Add the sugar, and continue to beat until the mixture thickens and is a light in color.
  • While mixing on low speed, add the oil and vanilla and mix until well blended. Add sour cream, and mix to combine.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until the flour is fully incorporated.
  • Assemble cakes for baking by adding 1-1/2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture to the bottom of each (lined) cupcake mold. Top glaze with a slice of pineapple and half of a maraschino cherry.
  • Pour (or scoop) the cake batter on top of each pineapple slice, filling each cupcake mold 2/3 - 3/4 full (do your best to evenly divide the batter between each cupcake).
  • Bake cupcakes in a preheated 350*F oven for about 25 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs).
  • Allow cakes to cool about 5 minutes, then run a knife along the edges of each cake to loosen it from the pan. Flip over the entire pan, onto a baking sheet. Remove the paper liner, and serve.
  • Cakes can be served warm, or at room temperature.


If you only have one jumbo cupcake pan, simply bake one pan at a time, then repeat the assembly for the second batch.
If making this recipe as one large cake, lightly grease the pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. Baking time is not listed because I have not made the recipe in a 9"x13" pan. I would estimate 45-50 minutes, but you will know the cake is done when the top is a deep golden brown, the center of the cake has a slight dome, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. After baking, cool at 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen cake, and turn pan upside down over a baking sheet or platter. Allow the pan to remain (upside down) on the cake a minute, then carefully remove.


Calories: 612kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 5gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 2gSugar: 64gVitamin A: 382IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg
Keyword pineapple cupcakes, pineapple upside-down cupcakes
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  1. Hi. Should I use self rise flour or all purpose flour. I’m going try the recipe today. Thanks!

  2. What can I substitute for Sour Cream? I can’t buy that here! Thanks – I can’t wait to try this out!

  3. Thank You so much for sharing these. I LOVE them! They were so easy to make and SOOOoooooooo DELICIOUS. The Brown Sugar Glaze is Divine and the cake batter was a piece of cake ;).

    I’m in love!…with this recipe! Thanks again.

  4. I made this cake as a 9×13 cake for my dad as a Fathers day gift. He loved it! Pineapple upside down cake is favorite and now I finally have a from-scratch recipe to make it for him. Thanks!

  5. Glory,

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I made the cake portion of this recipe this past weekend and it came out great! I have found my new go to vanilla cake! Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. This recipe looks so good. I am going to use the cake portion of this recipe to make lemon cupcakes. I think the oil and sour cream are going to make for a great moist cake! Hopefully it will be my new go to recipe for vanilla cake. I am going to turn this recipe into Funfetti cupcakes with sprinkles and into strawberry lemonade cupcakes. I think I will replace the 2 tsp. of vanilla with lemon extract and add zest from two lemons. 🙂

    Glory, I have seen so many articles on measuring flour that say to use the spoon and sweep method. Do you use that method or do you scoop your flour out of the bag or container? I need to know so the recipes I see here will come out just like yours 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for the inspiration and recipe. I made these with a group of children with whom I volunteer. Your recipe was easy for the children to follow and the end result was both beautifully professional and delicious. We’ll be watching your site for recipes to try next month.

  8. When you come over we are SOOOOOOOOOO making these! Or maybe I’ll just let you relax! 😉

  9. What a classic! The last time I had pineapple upside down cake was when I was growing up, it was one of my mom’s favorite cakes to make.

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