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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!

girl holding snow cone that is pineapple upside down cake flavor

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.

girl holding snow cone that is cake flavor

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!

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!

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.

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

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! Find all my favorite funfetti recipes here.


girl holding snow cone that is pineapple upside down cake flavor

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Batter Snow Cones

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Make cake batter simple syrup for snow cones - then turn it into a pineapple upside down cake snow cone!


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


  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

As part of their blogger outreach program, Oxo sent me some tools to try. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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    1. 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!

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

  2. 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! 🙂

      1. (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!)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

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