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Upside Down Magic Viewing Party

Upside Down Magic Viewing Party

Another new children’s movie coming out means another opportunity to turn it into an event. And I’m here to help you guys do the same. Summer 2020 is a lot different than what we are used to but we can still make the most of it!

Our baby-sitters club viewing party was so well received the kids and I decided to plan another. This time is Upside Down Magic, a scholastic book series that’s been dubbed “Harry Potter light.” The movie by the same title will premier as a Disney original TV movie Friday July 31, 2020. Below is the trailer to pique your interest.

The Upside Down Magic books currently have 7 chapter books in the series. I’ve re-read the first 2 books to my kids over the last few weeks preparing for the movie. We’re not sure how much (or how many books) the first movie will cover.

These books aren’t only fun but also show diversity in their characters. They teach important lessons about fitting into a new environment, embracing your differences and building a community. In the first book alone we found a lot of fun food references to plan our viewing party. To name a few, lemonade, cereal, marshmallows and pizza! To add to the food fun was my very own little word play treat, upside down magic cupcakes. Also known as pineapple upside down cake.

Pineapple upside down cupcakes



1 box yellow cake mix (with the eggs and oil it calls for)
16-20oz can of pineapple rings in juice
Maraschino cherries
1/3 cup butter

2/3 cup brown sugar

This recipe will make 24 cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes. I like to do a combination of both and make 12 regular size cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes.


First up preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your muffin pans generously with nonstick spray. Drain your can of pineapple into a dish and set aside. Next in a stand mixer prepare your cake according to box instructions, adding in eggs and vegetable oil. Now instead of the water the box asks for, use the reserved pineapple juice. Mix until fully combined, 2-3 minutes on medium speed should do.

Now melt your butter and stir together with your brown sugar, placing a teaspoon or so into the bottom of each cupcake mold. Now for the pineapple, there are a few different ways you can do this. If you want a perfect ring, cherry in the middle, you will need to trim a little from your pineapple rings to make them fit. If you’re not worried about presentation, like my kids, just put some pineapple chunks and cherries on top of the brown sugar mixture however you like.

Time to put the cake batter on top of your brown sugar and fruit mixture. I like to use an ice cream scoop for nice even cupcakes. Once complete, bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.

Very important! Let these cupcakes cool before trying to flip. I like to leave mine alone for a good 15-30 minutes. Then I run a butter knife around each cupcake. I take my biggest cutting board and place it on top of the cupcakes. Now it’s time to flip and pray! Hopefully, you’re left with beautiful little pineapple upside down cupcakes, but even if you’re not, they’ll still taste delicious!

It might even be better if they don’t turn out perfect. Just like in the Upside Down Magic books, things don’t always go as planned. Your cupcakes might even turn out a little wonky, just like Nory and that’s ok!

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