Another deep fried fair food to garner national attention, Pineapple-on-a-stick takes the concept of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and turns it inside out – literally. Delicious Yellow Cake Batter coats fresh pineapple and is then deep fried…on a stick. How something so simple can be so good, we don’t know, but it works. We found that the taste of the pinapple can be somewhat ‘lost’ in the finished product and so have made suggestions for enhancing the flavor with flavoring extract, but this is by no means necessary. Use the leftover dry Yellow Cake Mix to make Cake Batter Milkshakes, Cake Batter Krispie Treats, or other fun recipes, like one minute microwave cakes.


1 fresh pineapple, cut into 1-2 inch thick ‘spears’ (should make about 12)

1tsp – 1 tbsp flavoring extract (we favor vanilla, rum, coconut, or pineapple) PLUS 1 tbsp water, optional

Better Batter Gluten Free Flour, for coating the pineapple.

1 c Better Batter Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

1 c water

at least 4 c oil for frying (a deep fryer works best) to a depth of at least 3 inches.

Heat your oil in a fryer or very heavy pan to 375 degrees.

Prepare your pineapple by cutting it into 1 to 2 inch lengths (remove the hard outer core) and skewer, placing skewers up through so that the skewer runs the length of the pineapple stick. If you would like to flavor your pineapple, place the extract and water in a very shallow pie plate and quickly roll each pinapple skewer in the extract. When all pieces are coated, you should allow them to air dry for at least 5 minutes before proceeding with the next step.

Roll each skewer in a small amount of Better Batter Gluten Free Flour, to absorb the excess moisture.

In a bowl, whisk together cake mix and water until a batter forms – this will thicken slightly as you beat it. Pour into a large solo-style cup or other tall, narrow receptacle.

Quickly plunge your prepared pineapple into the batter and then immediately submerge in the hot oil. Cook for roughly 3 minutes, or until batter coating is golden brown. Remove immediately and serve.