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Pineapple Upside Down Baked Sour Cream Donuts Recipe

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Pineapple Upside Down Baked Donuts

These pineapple baked sour cream donuts were very hard to categorize.  If you bake them in a donut pan like I did, they are pineapple upside down baked donuts.  You can bake them in muffin tins if you prefer and called them pineapple upside down coffee cakes maybe.  Either way they are moist and delish, and such a easy less mess way to bake glazed donuts.

The sour cream donut batter is really tender and soft with a vanilla buttery flavour. The sour cream gives it a little extra tang, but the texture is wonderful.  These make a really special baked donut.  If you like pineapple I promise you will want to keep this recipe.

Two homemade pineapple upside down baked donuts, served on a white plate with a large cup of coffee.

You could add a maraschino cherry  to the center of the donuts once its baked.  Even a little bit of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry for a fun dessert.  Unfortunately I have a severe allergy to colouring so no maraschino cherries in my house.  Its a shame because they would be so pretty on these baked donuts.

Pineapple Upside Down Baked Donut Recipe

Pineapple Layer Ingredients

Sour Cream Cake Layer Ingredients

1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 extra large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat sour cream

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Set out a large muffin tin. (You don’t need to grease and flour coat it)

Melt butter, add brown sugar, add pineapple. Place equally portions in the bottom of 12 muffin cups. Spread out evenly.

Cooking pineapple for making an upside down pineapple cake in a baked donut recipe.
Almost like pineapple upside down cake. Two pineapple upside down cake donuts. The donuts on served on a plate with a large cup of coffee for an easy breakfast or sweet treat.

Mixing the Baked Donut Dough

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter until fluffy, add the sugar, beat again. scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Remove from the mixer. Fold in the sour cream and vanilla.  Place back in the mixer.

In a second large bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well to disperse the baking soda and baking powder throughout.

With your mixer on low, add the mixed dry ingredients about half a cup at a time. Beat until combined and the batter is smooth (about 30 seconds).

Once mixed spoon the sour cream cake batter over the pineapple layer.

a baked donut pan being filled with pineapple glaze and homemade sour cream baked donut batter..

Bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes.

Cover with a serving plate or cookie sheet, flip over, lift off the pan.  If some stick flip the donut pan over and loosen the edges with a knife.

A tray of homemade upside down pineapple cake donuts with sour cream batter.

Serve warm or cold.

Freezing Baked Donuts

To freeze the pineapple upside down donuts I wrapped mine in bundles of two with parchment paper.  Then place them in a heavy duty freezer bag.  Make sure nothing crushes them until they are frozen hard.  Stored this way they should maintain their best quality for about 2 to 3 months.

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A closeup of the front of a golden brown pineapple baked donut with sour cream.  The donut is served on a white plate with white background and there is a large white and soft blue coffee mug in the background.
Two homemade pineapple upside down baked donuts, served on a white plate with a large cup of coffee.

Pineapple Upside Down Baked Sour Cream Donut Recipe

Moist and delicious pineapple upside down sour cream baked donuts. A modern twist on Grama's pineapple upside down cake. They have a sweet and chewy golden brown topping made with pineapple and brown sugar and a very tender and moist cake like batter that features sour cream.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

Pineapple Topping Layer

  • 1 can pineapple tidbits drained well
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Sour Cream Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup real sour cream full fat
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Set out a large muffin tin. (You don’t need to grease and flour coat it)
  • Melt butter, add brown sugar, add pineapple. Place equally portions in the bottom of 12 muffin cups. Spread out evenly.
    Cooking pineapple for making an upside down pineapple cake in a baked donut recipe.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the butter until fluffy, add the sugar, beat again. scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  • Remove from the mixer. Fold in the sour cream and vanilla.  Place back in the mixer.
  • In a second large bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well to disperse the baking soda and baking powder throughout. 
  • With your mixer on low, add the mixed dry ingredients about half a cup at a time. Beat until combined and the batter is smooth (about 30 seconds).
  • Once mixed spoon the sour cream cake batter over the pineapple layer.
    a baked donut pan being filled with pineapple glaze and homemade sour cream baked donut batter..
  • Bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cover with a serving plate or cookie sheet, flip over, lift off the pan.  If some stick flip the donut pan over and loosen the edges with a knife.
    A tray of homemade upside down pineapple cake donuts with sour cream batter.

Notes

These pineapple upside down baked donuts, are moist and really tender.  The glaze bakes in the pan so no messy glazing to deal with.  A modern twist on Grama’s melt in your mouth pineapple upside down cake recipe.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Donuts
Servings: 12 donuts
Cost: $6

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One Comment

  1. Hmmm! This had my mouth watering just looking at the pictures! Your pineapple upside down baked donuts is definitely a “must try it right away” recipe! I’ve already pinned and printed it out! Thanks for sharing!

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