Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Kennedy - Bobby Jesus
Posted on 10/04/2009 by happenings

I love pineapple upside down cakes but hate making entire cakes, so I decided to make cupcakes! Just before putting them in the oven I realized the problem that would surely arise--the puff at the top of the cupcake. Thankfully this particular recipe doesn't rise much and it wasn't a problem :) They ended up like perfectly-sized mini cakes!

The recipe my dad emailed me:

Brown sugar
1 can pineapple slices (reserve juice)
Maraschino cherries
Pecans (optional)

Melt butter and brown sugar for a few minutes in the oven. I spooned a small amount of brown sugar into each cupcake tin and wish I had used more because they weren’t as caramelized as I would have liked. Mine definitely did not add up to a cup like my dad suggested, so don’t be shy on the sugar. I would guess a tablespoon for each cupcake would be good.
Arrange pineapple slices, cherries, and pecans if using them. I opted out of the pecans because I don’t like them much.
Pour cake batter gently and evenly–remember the fruit might be moved around a bit.

Cake from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook
¾ cup butter
3 eggs
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
All reserved pineapple juice, plus enough milk to add up to 1 ¼ cups

Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Preheat over to 375F. In a mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating until well combined. Beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanill. Alternately add flour mixture and the pineapple juice and milk mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Gently spread into prepared and greased pans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes for cupcakes or 9-inch pans, 30-35 minutes for 8-inch pans, or 25-30 minutes for 13×9x2 pan. Let cool for ten minutes and flip onto baking sheet.

Also, I went to Magnolia Bakery on a recent stop in NYC and had the most delicious cupcake of my life! It nearly makes me never want to bake again.

The red velvet cupcake in question

More at my blog - In the Wabe
lloydsgurl 4th-Oct-2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
oooh, I bet the turnout is a lot easier in cupcake form than it is in whole (especially if you are like me and use cast iron :x).
layers_of_eli 4th-Oct-2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
So adorable!! My boyfriend will adore these.
pampleemousse 4th-Oct-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
those are so cute!!! i'm deff making those!
xzombiekissesx 4th-Oct-2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Those look amazing!

I really need to try those!
first_to_fly 5th-Oct-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I am so going to try these tomorrow!! only in regular cupcakes..since i don't own mini cupcake pans.
happenings 5th-Oct-2009 11:39 am (UTC)
I used regular cupcake pans!
first_to_fly 5th-Oct-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
oh excellent! did you melt the butter and brown sugar in the oven or on top of the stove? i didn't know which you meant..i'm a little out of it today.haha
happenings 5th-Oct-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
haha sorry, I could tell I wasn't quite clear! I put small pieces of butter and a bit of brown sugar in each tin and then melted them in the oven for a few minutes.
first_to_fly 6th-Oct-2009 02:53 am (UTC)
it's quite all right! I just wanted to check before so I wouldn't mess them up and have a big mess on my hands. Thank you! =)
scullies 5th-Oct-2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Those are beautiful! I've been trying to scrounge up some recipes for Turkey Day and I think I've found a winner. :)
eolo 5th-Oct-2009 11:14 am (UTC)
These are fabulous and I'll be definitely making these for my godson's birthday party.

And btw, after looking at this picture, I'm so getting the Magnolia Bakery cookbooks...
need_anoutlet 5th-Oct-2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
oh MAN those look good :o
kelseylikesboys 9th-Oct-2009 05:28 am (UTC)
looks delicious!
edgeofshadow 2nd-Nov-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Mine aren't as pretty, especially because my camera does not like to take macro shots, but I thought I'd share 'cause I made these for my pineapple-loving boyfriend's birthday cake:

Pineapple upside-down cakelets

Pineapple upside-down cakelets, macro-style

They were so very sweet that my boyfriend and I only had one each, but wow! Nommy. Thanks for sharing. :D
happenings 2nd-Nov-2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for showing me! I'm glad you liked them :) You can always change the cake to a less buttery one if you want them less sweet
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