Vegan Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes


  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Prepare Pineapple Topping:
    • Cut each pineapple slice into small pieces. In a small bowl, mix together melted vegan butter and brown sugar. Spoon the mixture evenly into the bottom of each muffin cup. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each cup, on top of the brown sugar mixture. Arrange the pineapple pieces around the cherry.
  3. Prepare Cupcake Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
    • In a separate bowl, mix together unsweetened almond milk, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
    • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Assemble and Bake:
    • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, spooning it over the pineapple and cherry mixture.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve:
    • Once cooled, serve the vegan pineapple upside-down cupcakes with the pineapple side up. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per cupcake):

  • Calories: 230 kcal
  • Total Fat: 9g
    • Saturated Fat: 2g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 130mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 36g
    • Dietary Fiber: 1g
    • Sugars: 23g
  • Protein: 2g

Note: Nutrition values are approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients used.