Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

I have a confession to make: I love miniature desserts. They’re just too cute. So these Pineapple Upside Down Cakes really make my heart happy. Oh, and my mouth is pretty happy about them too.

023 035Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes        Printer-Friendly Recipe

From: Spoonful of Sugar
Makes: 24 cakes (made in a standard muffin pan)

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 box of yellow cake mix, using pineapple juice instead of water. The mix I used called for the following:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

24 Maraschino cherries
40 oz. canned pineapple slices or chunks (you’ll need to cut the slices into wedges in order to fit into a standard muffin pan)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a standard muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and rum extract and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Spoon about one tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture into each muffin cup. Place cherry in the center of each. Arrange the pineapple wedges around the cherries.

Prepare the cake according to package directions, substituting the water for pineapple juice. Pour the batter over the ingredients already in the muffin pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until the cakes are completely cooked.

Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Use a knife to gently loosen the cakes from the sides of the pan before carefully inverting the pan onto a wire cooling rack. Cool completely and enjoy!

 

The cake of choice.

The cake of choice.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the brown sugar and rum extract. Stir for 1 minute and remove from heat.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the brown sugar and rum extract. Stir for 1 minute and remove from heat.

Ready!

Ready!

Prepare the cake according to package directions, substituting the water for pineapple juice.

Prepare the cake according to package directions, substituting the water for pineapple juice.

Generously spray a muffin pan and place a spoonful of the brown sugar mixture into each cup.

Generously spray a muffin pan and place a spoonful of the brown sugar mixture into each cup.

Place a cherry in the middle of each cup and arrange the pineapple around the cherries.

Place a cherry in the middle of each cup and arrange the pineapple around the cherries.

Spoon batter over the top.

Spoon batter over the top.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cupcakes are fully cooked.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cupcakes are fully cooked.

Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

  1. What a cute idea, thanks! But … I simply cannot abide maraschino cherries, so I’m going to pop a few cranberries in their place. To make 24 of these darlings, I’m surmising you do two batches …

    • You’ll have to let me know how they turn out with cranberries! And yes, I had to make the cakes in two batches because I only have one muffin pan. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • I’ll be making these lil’ jewels next week and will report cranberry results!

  2. They were great with cranberries. Think I filled the tins a bit too much, though, because I ended up with 19, which was plenty. Next time I’ll know better. They were yumzers.

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