Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Craving the delightful sweetness of pineapple upside down cake but want to switch up the traditional baking method? Look no further than these Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cakes, baked to perfection in individual tuna cans for a charming twist on a classic dessert. With their golden caramelized pineapple slices and cherry centers, these mini cakes are sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, baking them in the air fryer adds a modern touch, resulting in moist, fluffy cakes with a perfect crumb.


  • 8 canned pineapple slices
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • Cooking spray or butter, for greasing the tuna cans


  1. Prep the Tuna Cans:
    • Clean and dry 8 tuna cans thoroughly. Grease the insides of each can with cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
  2. Assemble the Pineapple Upside Down Cakes:
    • Place one pineapple slice in the bottom of each greased tuna can, and top each pineapple slice with a maraschino cherry in the center.
  3. Prepare the Cake Batter:
    • Prepare the vanilla cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Once the batter is mixed, spoon approximately 1/3 cup of batter into each tuna can, ensuring that the pineapple slices are covered.
  4. Bake in the Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) on the Bake setting. Place the filled tuna cans in the air fryer basket, making sure they are evenly spaced.
    • Bake the cakes for 25 minutes, then check for doneness. If the center of the cakes is still slightly wet, continue baking for an additional 5 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Flip and Serve:
    • Once the cakes are baked and cooled slightly, carefully run a knife around the edge of each tuna can to loosen the cakes.
    • Place a plate upside down on top of each tuna can, then carefully invert the can so that the cake slides out onto the plate, revealing the golden pineapple topping.
  6. Enjoy:
    • Serve your Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cakes warm, topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. Indulge in the sweet and tangy flavors of this classic dessert, savoring each bite of moist cake and caramelized pineapple.


With their charming presentation and irresistible flavor, these Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cakes are a delightful treat for any occasion. Whether enjoyed as a special dessert for a family dinner or a sweet indulgence on a cozy evening at home, these mini cakes are sure to bring joy to your taste buds. Try baking a batch today and discover the joy of homemade pineapple upside down cake, reinvented in individual portions for a truly memorable dessert experience.

Nutritional information for one serving of Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

  • Calories: Approximately 220
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Sodium: 310mg

Please note that these values are approximate and may vary based on factors such as the specific brand of cake mix used and the size of the pineapple slices and cherries. Additionally, serving sizes may vary depending on individual preferences. Adjustments can be made accordingly to meet specific dietary needs or preferences. Enjoy your delicious Personal Pineapple Upside Down Cake guilt-free!