2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes


Yes, you read that correctly…just 2 simple pantry items are all you need to make these light and tasty cupcakes. It’s nice to have a few simple recipes like this on hand for those sudden cravings or when you just need an easy dessert.

Pineapple Cupcakes EAH

It’s also nice to have something that will satisfy a sweet tooth without totally blowing the “it’s almost bathing suit season” diet! I stumbled across this “recipe” (it’s hard to call mixing two ingredients together a recipe!) a couple of years ago when I was doing Weight Watchers. (The muffins are 1 point each, if I remember correctly.) ┬áThe version I made called for a box of Angel Food Cake mix and a can of pie filling,┬ábut then a friend told me I could use the same cake mix with a can of crushed pineapple.

2 ingredient cupcakes EAH

I had to give it a try! The result is a light and citrus-y dessert, and makes a great base for fresh fruit and whipped topping. This can also be made in a 9 x 13 baking dish or in a tube pan.

2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes

Serves: 32

You only need 2 pantry ingredients to make this light and tasty treat!
  • 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
  • 1 (20 ounce) can Crushed Pineapple, in juice - do not drain
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Angel Food Cake mix with the can of crushed pineapple (juice and all). Do not add the water called for on the back of cake mix.
  3. Pour into desired pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. For cupcakes, fill ⅔ full and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
  4. Allow to cool in pan. Once cooled, run a knife along the sides of cupcakes and gently pull to remove from tins.

Also, be aware that once you mix the angel food cake with the pineapple, the mixture will get very fluffy! This is normal. The texture of the cupcakes will be that of Angel Food cake (sponge cake) and not that of traditional cake. I think I will try this with mandarin oranges next!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

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  1. This recipe has been in regular rotation in my house for years. It’s so easy and people will never believe it came from convenience foods. I have successfully put pineapple slices w/maraschino cherries on the bottom of the pan and made it as a quickie pineapple upside down cake. I’ve also made it with mandarin oranges BUT you have to use the kind that are canned in orange juice.

    I tried it with canned pears and the batter flattened resulting in a cake that was about 1/2″ high. You need citrus juice because it’s the acid that reacts with the cake batter to get lift. Fruits canned in syrup or water won’t work.

  2. Good to know you need the citrus juice and not syrup or water packed fruit! Is the 32 serving size for the 9×13 pan or 32 cupcakes. Can’t wait to make these…yum!

    • How many cupcakes does it make and do the rise the picture looked kinda flat

      • It makes 32 cupcakes or can be made in a tube pan or 13 x 9 baking pan. The cupcakes rise, but it’s angel food cake and has the traditional flat top, not the domed shape of a ‘regular’ cupcake.

  3. Elizabeth Howe says:

    Would this work with regular white or yellow cake mix?

  4. Is this on my one ww point?

  5. I cannot get the Angel Food Cake mix anywhere near me – I live in Wales. Any suggestions please? Thanks.

    • Beth Moore says:

      Sue – Well that does complicate it a bit! Alton Brown has a recipe on Food Network and Taste of Home also has one. Not quite as easy as a boxed cake, but they only have 7 ingredients so it’s not too bad. The only other thing I can think of is ordering from some place like amazon

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