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Individual Pineapple Upside-down Cakes

These Individual Pineapple Upside-down Cakes from scratch have moist fluffy yellow cakes topped with pineapple rings, maraschino cherries, and the gooey sweet brown sugar and butter topping that creates a crispy satisfying flavor and texture sensation.

The delicious cakes are baked in individual ramekins. This super easy small batch from scratch recipe makes a perfect dessert for two and is ready in just 30 minutes. Try it for an impressive date night or Valentine’s Day dessert.

We love this so much, my husband has begged me every day since making it to make it again. We will definitely be making this delicious and gorgeous treat often!

a graphic of Pineapple Upside Down Cake for Two.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake for Two

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How to make Pineapple Upside-down Little Cakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat two 7-ounce ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. Click for 7-ounce ramekins.

Pour 1/2 tablespoon melted butter into each ramekin.

Sprinkle each with brown sugar.

brown sugar and butter in two individual ramekins.

Top each with a pineapple slice.

pineapple rings in two ramekins.

Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice and set aside.

pineapple rings and cherries in two ramekins.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a tan bowl.

Beat in the milk, vanilla, and remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter just until combined.

flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, butter, milk, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Spoon half the cake batter over each pineapple.

Individual Small Cakes batter in two ramekins.
Individual Small Cakes

Place the ramekins onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Click for a cooling rack.

Run a knife around the edges of the ramekins.

Invert the cakes onto dessert plates. Serve warm.

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes on a plate.
Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

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These Individual Pineapple Upside-down Cakes are awesome!!! Moist fluffy yellow cakes are topped with pineapple rings, maraschino cherries, and the sweet brown sugar and butter topping creates a crispy satisfying flavor and texture sensation. Ready in 30 minutes!
4.35 from 47 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter (divided and melted)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 canned pineapple slices
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  • Coat two 7 ounce ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. Click for 7 ounce ramekins.
  • Pour 1/2 tablespoon melted butter into each ramekin.
  • Sprinkle each with brown sugar.
  • Top each with a pineapple slice.
  • Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  • Beat in the milk, vanilla and remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter just until combined.
  • Spoon half the cake batter over each pineapple.
  • Place the ramekins onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Click for a cooling rack.
  • Run a knife around the edges of the ramekins.
  • Invert the cakes onto dessert plates. Serve warm.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 252mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 2gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 430IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 1mg
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4.35 from 47 votes (47 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Alice

Friday 10th of November 2023

I wondered why this doesn't call for any eggs, can you tell me?

Zona

Saturday 11th of November 2023

Hi Alice, it's because these cakes are so small. Adding an egg would change the texture too much. Thanks for your question :)

Kieda

Friday 24th of June 2022

I made these to tonight and they are the best. I make pineapple upside down cakes all the time and these little babies are so good that I want to incorporate into a whole cake. I'm definitely going to double the recipe for 6 in. cake as someone else stated. Plus they came out so beautiful. I did the full recipe and a half and used 3 ramekins since I had 3 pineapple slices left from another cake. I added 2 tbsps of pineapple juice and used 1/2 tsp butter vanilla emulsion and 1/2 pineapple.

Kahlia

Friday 3rd of September 2021

I doubled the recipe and made a one layer 6-inch upside down cake! Delicious <3

Kieda

Friday 24th of June 2022

@Kahlia, thank you for this because I'm going to do the same. So glad to see someone has tried with success.

Zona

Saturday 4th of September 2021

Hi Kahlia, great idea and thanks for letting me know this recipe works well as a 6 inch cake :)

Donovan

Monday 16th of August 2021

Made this recipe tonight. My friend and I both enjoyed it very much! It was easy to make and a tasty end to dinner.

A slight modification was made to the brown sugar. I added a pinch of ginger and cinnamon to it before sprinkling it in the ramekins.

Enjoying your site. Allows me to make my favorite items in reasonable portions. Thanks for sharing your talents!

Zona

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Hi Donovan, your additions to this recipe sound delicious and I'm happy you are enjoying my recipes. Thank you!

Traci

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Had leftover crushed pineapple from another recipe and decided to make these. So happy I did! They were absolutely decadent!

Zona

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Hi Traci, you've just convinced me to make these again too :) I'm so glad you enjoyed them!