Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes

Indulge in one (or more!) of these Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes for dessert! Made with only 3 ingredients you can be enjoying one of these no guilt treats tonight!

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These 3 ingredient, Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes are the easiest, most perfect dessert! One guilt free bite and you'll know why this recipe is so popular!

I am by no means a healthy dessert blogger. However, if I can eat a dessert that tastes AMAZING and is lower calorie, then I’ll take it. If I’m going to indulge in dessert, I don’t want to waste my calories on something that doesn’t taste delicious.

It’s pretty much my motto with all food. If I don’t like it, I’m not going to eat it. My problem is I tend to like everything, haha! (and as a result I eat everything….)

I made these pineapple cupcakes back when I first started blogging in 2011. I knew I wanted to update those old photos, because I make these cupcakes at least once a summer! They are so light and fresh, they remind me of a JELL-O poke cake. But these cupcakes are even easier!

These 3 ingredient, Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes are the easiest, most perfect dessert! One guilt free bite and you'll know why this recipe is so popular!

And instead of recreating that old recipe, with the coconut frosting…I made today’s recipe even more simple. THREE ingredients.

  1. One box of yellow cake mix (the dry mix only)
  2. One 20oz can of crushed pineapple (with the juice, don’t drain it)
  3. One 8oz container of Light Cool Whip (thawed)

Unless you count sprinkles, that’s three ingredients. Easy peasy you guys, and it’s perfect for your next potluck. Plus, did I mention these are skinny? You’re not adding any butter or oil to the cake mix. The crushed pineapple is just fruit and water. And I used a “light” Cool Whip to save a few extra calories. I used my cookie scoop to get a nice little dollop on each baked cupcake. These are best when you refrigerate them for a couple hours to make them COLD. (In case you’re curious, I calculated these at about 120 calories each. Depending on the brands of ingredients you use, and how many cupcakes you’re able to scoop. Also, you can make mini cupcakes for an even smaller bite!)

These 3 ingredient, Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes are the easiest, most perfect dessert! One guilt free bite and you'll know why this recipe is so popular!

Now…don’t worry, I’m not going to get all crazy health food on you guys. I’ve got an M&M’S® Fudge recipe coming next. Just in time for 4th of July too!

Yield: 20 cupcakes

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes

Delicious, easy, three ingredient Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes


  • 1 box Yellow Cake mix (dry ingredients only)
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapples (don't drain)
  • 1 container (8 oz) Light Cool Whip (thawed)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree. Line cupcake tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat dry cake mix with can of crushed pineapples. Using a 1/4 cup measuring scoop, spoon mixture into cupcake liners. Fill about 1/2-2/3 full.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, scoop Cool Whip onto each cupcake using a cookie scoop. Add sprinkles if desired. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until chilled. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 191mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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These 3 ingredient, Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes are the easiest, most perfect dessert! One guilt free bite and you'll know why this recipe is so popular!

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23 comments on “Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes”

  1. Don’t ever become a healthy dessert blogger, Aimee! I’m too fond of all the not healthy stuff. But these are a fantastic way to have your cake and all that. They look so fluffy!

  2. I have that exact same problem! I love all food, so I eat probably too much. Always telling my wife, I wish I was a dog and someone would just feed me 3 sensible meals a day and control what I ate and how much I ate. Cupcakes look great. 

  3. It’s so crazy that a can of pineapple and a box of mix actually make cupcakes!!! 

  4. That recipe is pretty darn amazing~ 3 ingredients and BAM gorgeous cupcakes!  

  5. I cannot believe how easy they are! and I bet delicious too 🙂 perfect for our busy summer

  6. The best dessert are the ones you can enjoy and not feel guilty about! Love these Aimee! 

  7. YES to minimal ingredients and I love how healthy these are! 🙂

  8. What perfect cupcakes! I have never tried a pineapple flavoured cupcake before but they sure look and sound delicious. 

  9. These look amazing!  and only 3 ingredients…I’m totally sold. 🙂

  10. Denise

    I’m gonna try this with sugar free cake mix! (My husband and I are diabetic, so I’m always looking for treats we can have without screwing up or blood sugar). Can’t wait to test this!

  11. Emmi

    Hi!! Thanks for sharing!! They look delicious!!!! Could you tell me (as I´m from Europe): do the yellow cake mixes” in America include eggs? We normally have to add eggs, milk, oil here. Thanks for your answer!! Emmi

  12. Stacy

    These look yummy, but they’re not skinny. Sugar is what causes weight gain, not butter or oil.

  13. D.M. Zapp

    Hey Shugary………… does it make a difference as to which yellow cake mix you use? I had one in the cupboard (looked after and it said it had pudding in the mix) and mixed according to your directions and baked ditto. They were a bit too wet on the bottom as the pineapple all went there. The cake part was baked well, I did test it before removing from the oven. Second pan I baked a bit longer, but ended up taking off the paper cups and broiling the bottom pineapple part, which was yummy. Any ideas?  I usually do well in the baking dept., this was a suprise as we were looking forward to eating them up, it’s going a bit slower than I thought, still some left today. They ARE yummy though and I want to make them again. Also, we had them with whipped cream cheese as we don’t like cool whip type products. Thanks for any help you can render for me to be more successful. 

  14. Marion

    Hi there, can I bake in a sheet pan instead of cupcakes?  Thx!

  15. Thanks! I made this cake and it is extraordinarily delicious! My cake hardly rises and is very dense. This was very easy and very tasty!

  16. Pam

    Have you calculated this recipe for sugar and carbohydrates?

  17. Pam

    Have you calculated this recipe for sugar, carbohydrates, etc.?

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