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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!


Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones


    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


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

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

  5. The craziest snow cone flavor we have in Pennsylvania is coconut.
    So jealous!
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  6. Mind officially blown :)

  7. 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

  8. Homemade snow cones! Seriously love it! I never thought about making them at home!
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  9. You are the coolest mom ever!!!
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  10. 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. Great idea for the kids. My son would love this idea!
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  12. These are just so much fun!! And perfect for this summer weather :D
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  13. Okay, seriously such awesome photos!! So darn cute! Plus, how fun are these!! What a perfect summertime treat!
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  14. This is a summer treat must have!
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  15. 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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  16. 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. These look delicious Dorothy! And Cake Batter Snow Cones???? Ummm, you are the greatest mom ever!
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  18. 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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  19. Holy cow! What a GREAT idea!!
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  20. 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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  21. of course we love a good sno cone here…but…those pictures….AMAZING Dorothy! simply stunning
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  22. So creative. Love this!!
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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. I’ll be right over. Save me a big one.
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  28. 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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  29. WOW! You come up with the most amazing treats! Looks fabulous! And I could really use one right now! :)
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  30. This is epic :) but how did you do the shaved ice???

    • 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!

  31. These look & sounds so yummy & refreshing!

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

  34. 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. 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. This is seriously the best idea! My kids will love you for it, too!
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  37. 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!

    • 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! :)

  38. 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!

    • 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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