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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones

Oxo fruit tools make life so much easier – so make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cone! Your kids will crown you queen of the snow cones!

Cake Batter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cones by crazyforcrust.com

Whenever I travel by plane, I always worry about one thing.

{Well, really, I worry about a lot of things, but I try not to think about fiery crashes and Grey’s Anatomy.}

What do I worry about before, during the flight, and after we get in the taxi?

Water. As in, where am I going to get it?

I don’t like tap water. The only place I will willingly drink tap water is at my parents house. The water is drinkable, tastes good, and unlike here in Sacramento, you don’t have to chew it.

Anyway. When I travel, I want to go to the store and get a gallon jug of water. I want to refill the one (or two) bottles I bought at the airport (that’s the first thing everyone buys past security, right?) and I want to have enough of it to drink all day, every day of my trip.

I know, it’s a phobia. It pairs well with my fear of checking luggage and my fear of being late to the airport. And my fear of overpriced hotel water. Oh, and my fear of walking barefoot through security. Everyone carries socks in their carry-on, right?

You could say I have issues. Water issues, especially.

When I’m at home, I love to use my water wisely. You know, like in snow cones.

Have you ever had a cake batter snow cone? No? Well, it’s a good thing I made one for you then.

Cake Batter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cones by crazyforcrust.com

There’s a little snow cone stand near where I live, and they have tons of cool snow cone flavors. My BFF Hayley introduced us to them last summer. I can’t wait to start going again this year. But what happens when you are craving cake batter snow cones but you can’t go buy one?

You make one!

Have you ever made snow cone syrup at home? It’s super easy. Really, it’s simple syrup (sugar and water) with flavoring. I made cake batter by adding vanilla and butter extracts. And sprinkles!

But I didn’t stop there. I made you a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cone too!

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Thanks to Oxo’s Blogger Outreach Program, I got to try out some fun new Oxo tools perfect for summer. The Cherry Pitter and the Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer are my two favorites. How do you actually pit a cherry without a tool? I tried the straw thing last year and OMG. Red juice everywhere!

And don’t get me started on slicing pineapple. It’s annoying. This tool, while a little tricky to get started, slices the pineapple in perfect rings. It kind of blows your mind a little, if I’m being honest.

So, what to do with cherries and pineapple? I think I’ve shown that I don’t just eat fruit. I make sugary desserts out of fruit. Otherwise, what’s the point?

All you do is make a simple syrup with the cherry juice and the pineapple juice. And voila! You have snow cone syrup!

Cake Batter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cones by crazyforcrust.com

Layer the snow cones with the cake batter, pineapple and cherry to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Make pineapple cake. Or cherry cake.

Or just cake.

Cake Batter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cones by crazyforcrust.com

It’s way fun for summer. And your kids will love you, really. Snow cones are magical to kids.

Cake Batter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Snow Cones by crazyforcrust.com

Kind of like water jugs are to me. Or, the fact I only bought one bottle of water in Austin. That’s why I love conferences: free water!

Enjoy!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones

Ingredients

    For the Cake Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter emulsion or extract
  • For the Pineapple Syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • For the Cherry Syrup
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. To make the cake syrup: Boil water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Remove from heat and stir in both extracts. Transfer to a jar and let cool completely before using (best if chilled overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. To make the Pineapple syrup: Puree the pineapple chunks in a blender. Place in a medium saucepan with water and sugar. Cook until boiling. Remove from heat and strain into a measuring cup. Strain a second time into a jar. Let cool completely before using (best if chilled overnight in the refrigerator).
  3. To make the Cherry Syrup: Puree the cherries in a blender, adding a dash of water as needed to make the blender run. Strain into a measuring cup. Rinse strainer and strain a second time into your saucepan. Add water and sugar and cook over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and place in a jar. Let cool completely before using (best if chilled overnight in the refrigerator).
  4. To make your snow cones: add shaved ice to a cup or snow cone paper container. For cake batter snow cone, pour syrup over ice and top with sprinkles. For Pineapple Upside Down Cake snow cone, pour cake batter syrup over the ice, then top with pineapple and a dash of cherry.
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76 Responses to “Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones”

  1. gayathri posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#)

    it looks absolutely delicious..

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  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm (#)

    Ooh, Frozen in Time is open again! We totally need to take Jordan when you get back from Disneyland. In the meantime, you can find me there for the rest of the week!! Or drinking that pineapple syrup straight from the mason jar :)

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  3. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Refreshing and delicious… Is that your daughter?? She sure looks like she’s enjoying her snowcone….

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      She sure did, lol. And a second and third!

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  4. Mary. posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm (#)

    Doesn’t pinapple upside down cakes use maraschino cherries, not fresh cherries?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I have no idea, I’ve never had it. But I had cherries and pineapple and this popped into my head!

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  5. Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm (#)

    The craziest snow cone flavor we have in Pennsylvania is coconut.
    So jealous!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      That sounds pretty good though!

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  6. nessa posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm (#)

    Mind officially blown :)

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  7. obearlady posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#)

    yummmmm theses Syrup’s sound good so good i am going to use them over pancakes or waffles or over ice cream ,cake too ty gf

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  8. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm (#)

    Homemade snow cones! Seriously love it! I never thought about making them at home!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      It’s so easy and so good!

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  9. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm (#)

    You are the coolest mom ever!!!

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  10. Victoria @ My Thoughts For Thought posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    I seriously had no clue it was that easy to make snow cone syrup. Plus the whole cake batter and upside down pineapple flavor totally blew my mind!

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  11. Michele posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm (#)

    Great idea for the kids. My son would love this idea!

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  12. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm (#)

    These are just so much fun!! And perfect for this summer weather :D

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  13. Tieghan posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Okay, seriously such awesome photos!! So darn cute! Plus, how fun are these!! What a perfect summertime treat!

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  14. Tahnycooks posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm (#)

    This is a summer treat must have!

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  15. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm (#)

    WHAT!? Cake batter snow cones!? I don’t even know what to say, except for wow! We have a sno ball stand in town and they are totally delicious – lots of yummy syrup. I’d love to try my hand at some homemade versions sometime :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      You should, its’ so easy!

      Reply

  16. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on June 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh such fancy flavors in a snow cone! I’m used to the standard red, blue, purple and green! So awesome!

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  17. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on June 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm (#)

    These look delicious Dorothy! And Cake Batter Snow Cones???? Ummm, you are the greatest mom ever!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Ha, thanks Lisa! I gotta buy my good name somehow! ;)

      Reply

  18. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm (#)

    These pictures need to be in a magazine, Dorothy! I’m totally making these for my kiddo this summer – he is a sno-cone slurping machine! :-)

    I had so much fun getting to know you in Austin over the weekend – I’m missing everyone already!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      You’re sweet! Thank you!!

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  19. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm (#)

    Holy cow! What a GREAT idea!!

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  20. Serena@Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness Dorothy, I’m not alone with having water issues! I love the water at our house but I won’t drink tap water anywhere else! The snow cones look incredible! I can’t wait for a hot summer day to enjoy a tasty snow cone!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks goodness I’m not alone in that!! :)

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  21. Heather @ French Press posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm (#)

    of course we love a good sno cone here…but…those pictures….AMAZING Dorothy! simply stunning

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  22. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:12 am (#)

    So creative. Love this!!

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  23. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:48 am (#)

    So excited about this!! The only snow cone flavor ’round these parts is blue. And blue is just not a flavor. It’s not. Pineapple upside down cake? Definitely a snow cone worthy flavor, can’t wait to try it!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      LOL blue is not a flavor. That’s for sure! Show me a blue raspberry and I’ll believe it. :)

      Reply

  24. tanya posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:37 am (#)

    Jordan is a very lucky girl for getting to try all these Sno Cones! My own kids would be so jealous, they can’t resist them! I love my cherry pitter, I NEED that pineapple corer!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Yes you do!! I want to buy pineapple now, ha!

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  25. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:41 am (#)

    I had NO Idea it was that easy to make a snowcone syrup! It’s so much better and cheaper than buying the flavors at the store!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Totally easy!! Thanks Faith!

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  26. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom posted on June 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm (#)

    I could TOTALLY use one of those right now!! Here in PA we mainly do water ice, not snow cones. I wish we had a snow cone place near us!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      I think I’d prefer water ice! :) I like my snow so fine it’s almost melted, ha!

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  27. Kim Beaulieu posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm (#)

    I’ll be right over. Save me a big one.

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  28. Amy posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#)

    These look great! I’ll bet they taste even better than the ones from the stand near your house. (Your daughter looks so cute eating hers!) You do so many fun product reviews and sponsored recipes… I’m jealous! :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      It’s getting a little out of hand. I don’t know how to say no, lol. :)

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      • Amy replied on June 14th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        Me either. All I can manage is, “Uhh… Well.. You see…” :P

      • Amy replied on June 14th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        (Just in general, not with review and sponsors — I’ve got my fingers crossed that I get the opportunity to do my first one soon!)

  29. Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm (#)

    WOW! You come up with the most amazing treats! Looks fabulous! And I could really use one right now! :)

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  30. Janett posted on June 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#)

    This is epic :) but how did you do the shaved ice???

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 14th, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I have a snow cone machine – it’s one of those kid ones. I think they sell them all over the place this time of year! And I think even the “real” brands make them now!

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  31. Lark posted on June 14, 2013 at 10:12 am (#)

    These look & sounds so yummy & refreshing!

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  32. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:27 am (#)

    That is so awesome! I had no idea it was so simple to make the syrup for snow cones! And cake batter flavored – love love!

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  33. Jocelyn@BruCrew Life posted on June 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm (#)

    Why thank you for making me a snow cone!! How sweet of you! ;) These look fantastically yummy!

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  34. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#)

    I love all your traveling quirks Dorothy! Helps me keep my mind of my own worries :) I seriously can’t believe you only bough one bottle of water in Austin! So, snow cones huh? This is so freaking awesome I can hardly believe and those OXO tools – SO COOL! If we come up you totally need to make these for the boys. I can make requests right?? :) Now go to Disneyland already!

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  35. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm (#)

    I’m in love with these Snow Cones! My kids literally ask for them daily….(we have a snow cone maker sitting in our cabinet from Christmas)….they will go CRAZY for these flavored syrups!

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  36. Deborah posted on June 15, 2013 at 7:46 am (#)

    This is seriously the best idea! My kids will love you for it, too!

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  38. Anissa posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm (#)

    I HAVE TO try this Snow Cone! YUMMO!! I just need to know though, what the heck is Butter Emulsion? I did a Google search and still have no idea what that is. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 28th, 2013 at 7:39 am

      It’s kind of like butter extract, only thicker. You can use butter extract instead. I know they have it at Walmart, and probably the grocery store too! :)

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  39. Regina posted on June 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#)

    I LOVE the idea of making my own “cake batter” syrup, but I am wondering if there is any way to get the butter flavor in the syrup from a product that does not contain Propylene Glycol? Does anyone know of a concentrated butter flavor without Propylene Glycol? I really, really want to try this!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 9th, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I’m not sure what brands contain that or not, but possibly an organic or natural brand? I know there are lots of extract brands out there. Possibly one they sell at whole foods? Maybe an oil instead of an extract? Otherwise you could use cake mix, but I assume that has chemicals in it too, probably worse than the extract!

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