It seems like everything has a national holiday these days, but we’re not complaining! Did you know that April 20 is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day (try saying that three times fast)? As you saw on Facebook Live, we decided to celebrate this holiday with pineapple upside down donuts (and a pineapple DIY or two). These tasty sticky goodies are extremely easy to make and only take about 25 minutes! The batter makes about 12 donuts, so take my advice and throw a pineapple upside down cake party :)



— 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

— 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

— 1/2 teaspoon salt

— 1 teaspoon baking powder

— 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

— 1/4 cup milk

— 1/4 cup pineapple juice

— 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

— 2 1/2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

— 1 large egg

— 6 slices pineapple from a can or fresh

— 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a donut pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients — flour, salt, baking powder, light brown sugar and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients — milk, pineapple juice, vanilla, melted butter and egg.

3. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture.

4. Using paper towels, gently pat the pineapple slices dry. Sprinkle brown sugar into the donut pan and then also rub brown sugar into the pineapple slices. Place them into the donut pan.

5. Spoon batter into a plastic bag, cut the tip of the bag and pipe into the donut pan (over the pineapple slices). Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow donuts to cool a few minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

6. Mix some chocolate chips with a teaspoon of canola oil and melt into the microwave. Drizzle onto of the pineapple donuts to make the cross-hatch detailing.

7. Cut a green leafy pineapple top, tape it onto a toothpick and stick into the top of your pineapple donut.


Mix your five dry ingredients together in a large bowl — flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and light brown sugar. Stir until combined.


Mix together your five wet ingredients into a smaller bowl — milk, pineapple juice, vanilla, egg and melted butter. Pro tip: Don’t go and buy a separate can of pineapple juice, just use the pineapple juice from the can with the pineapple slices. Whisk until combined.


Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix throughly.


Pull the pineapple slices out of the can and pat dry in between sheets of paper towel.


Rub brown sugar into the pineapple slices and sprinkle the rest into the greased donut pan. Place one slice of pineapple in each donut mold.


Plastic bags are great for a piping bag hack. Pour your batter into a plastic bag to prepare for piping dough onto the pineapples.


Snip the corner of the bag and pipe the dough on top of the pineapple slices.


Tap the pan on the table to get bubbles out of the dough. Put these bad boys into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11 minutes.


Let the donuts cool for about five minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack. (Or eat them right away because — OH MY GOD — they look soooo good!)


If you want to dress your pineapple donuts even more, mix up some chocolate frosting by combining a cup of chocolate chips with a teaspoon of canola oil. Place in the microwave for about one minute.


Mix the chocolate chips until it becomes liquid smooth, then drizzle on top of the donuts in a #hashtag pattern.


Cut leafy pineapple tops out of green paper and tape onto a toothpick. Stick them into the donuts to turn them into true pineapples :)


This could be one of my new favorite holidays :)


Krispy Cream and Dunkin Donuts — you guys should take note. These donuts are legendary.


Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!

DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Brittany Griffin