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Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I think every family has birthday traditions, and mine is no different. The birthday person always picks their favorite dinner – lasagna for me – and their favorite cake (chocolate on chocolate anything is mine). It’s so predictable in my family that I could actually list off exactly which cake each person would pick, without batting an eyelash. For my dad (whose birthday is coming up fast), it’s pineapple upside down cake. Since my dad is trying to get healthier (we all are, who isn’t?) I decided this year for his birthday I’d try to make a more ‘single serving’ birthday cake: enter the Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I have to be honest, when I first started working on this one, I wasn’t sure if it would turn out how I wanted. I wasn’t sure it’d have that truly ‘cakey’ taste to it. Boy, am I glad I was wrong. This cake is so moist and so delicious! I’m so glad to share it with my dad on his birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!) and with all of you! Enjoy!!

these mini mason jar pineapple upside down cakes are adorable poppable treats

What You Need To Make Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

  • 12 4oz mason jars
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1 can of Crushed Pineapple Juice drained
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk

these mini mason jar pineapple upside down cakes are the perfect bite sized treat

How To Make Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the shortening, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla.

Blend in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour. Set aside.

Spray each mason jar with cooking oil like Pam. Place 1 cherry on the bottom of each jar. Place 1 tbs of crushed pineapple on top of each cherry.

Pour batter into each jar only filling about half way.

Place all jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Serve right in the jar or tip upside down to remove cake.

Place seal tight lids on top and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: To add to the traditional pineapple upside down cake taste, add a teaspoon of brown sugar into the bottom of each mason jar, on top of the cherry. It’ll give the cake a syrupy topping once you tip it out. Enjoy!

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mason jar pineapple upside down cake

Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Yield: 12 cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

For a fun treat, try this recipe for a Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It'll make your family smile and clean up is a breeze! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 12 4oz mason jars
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1 can of Crushed Pineapple Juice drained
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, mix together the shortening, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla.
  4. Blend in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour. Set aside.
  5. Spray each mason jar with cooking oil like Pam. Place 1 cherry on the bottom of each jar. Place 1 tbs of crushed pineapple on top of each cherry.
  6. Pour batter into each jar only filling about half way.
  7. Place all jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Serve right in the jar or tip upside down to remove cake.
  9. Place seal tight lids on top and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

Notes

To add to the traditional pineapple upside down cake taste, add a teaspoon of brown sugar into the bottom of each mason jar, on top of the cherry. It'll give the cake a syrupy topping once you tip it out. Enjoy!

Want to try another delicious pineapple treat? Check out my recipe for Mini Pineapple Donuts!

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Shelley

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Do you think the baking time would be the same...or longer...if made in the wide-mouth 8oz jar (like the one salmon would be canned in)?

Thanks! Always trying to find desserts to take camping and this will fit the bill.

Bridget Evans

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

can you use cake mix versus your cake receipe?

Jamie

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Yeah, it would work, it's just going to taste like the cake mix :)

Debbie

Wednesday 13th of March 2019

What size can of crushed pineapple?

Christy Fobean

Friday 14th of September 2018

Can I use Coconut oil in place of the shortening???

Donna

Tuesday 20th of March 2018

I haven't made it but for sure I am it sound so good .

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