Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake



Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake is one of our family favorites.  I decided to try a cupcake version that would be a little easier to serve.  My son gave this recipe a thumbs up (his mouth was full of cake at the time so that's pretty much all he could manage).

To keep it simple I used a boxed yellow cake mix. Of course, your favorite from scratch recipe would work just as well.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake

  • 1 yellow cake mix (prepared to directions)
  • or your favorite from scratch cupcake base recipe
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple (drained - set aside juice)
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

In a saucepan over low heat melt the butter and brown sugar. Add the drained pineapple and let caramelize (about 10 - 15 minutes) stirring frequently so that it doesn't burn.

Prepare the batter and fill cupcake tins 1/2 full (if you aren't using liners be sure and thoroughly grease the muffin pan). Be sure to leave some of the batter as you will want to go and top off each muffin later. Drain excess syrup from the caramelized pineapple and add a small teaspoon full to each muffin. "Top off" the cupcakes with the remaining batter leaving enough room for the cupcakes to rise.

Bake according to the cupcake recipe you are using.

Frosting 

I'm going to give you two frosting options.  The picture above is option one but personally I prefer option two.

Option 1- Regular Frosting

1 stick butter
3 1/2 cups powered sugar
Pineapple juice drained from crushed pineapple
2 Tablespoons crushed pineapple (optional)

Soften the butter, add to your mixing bowl and cream. Gradually add in powered sugar until well blended. At this point add pineapple juice to get the frosting to the desired consistency. Fold in the crushed pineapple.

To frost the cupcakes put frosting in zip top sandwich bag.  Cut corner off and pipe in a circular motion over the top of the cupcake

Option 2 - Homemade Whipped Topping


1 pint heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Combine cream, sugar and vanilla with mixer until stiff.  You will want to scrape the bowl down to make sure everything is well combined.


If you go this route just make sure that you aren't frosting until the cupcakes are ready to be eaten.  The whipped topping will not keep well on top of the cupcakes

Enjoy!

This recipe has been featured at:

Twinkle in the Eye
House of Hepworths

Be sure and check out these sites for other great ideas.

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31 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Thursday Food Fest! Smiles, Sarah

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the opportunity to link up :)

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  2. I've had Pineapple Upside Down cakes while growing because of aunt who loved to baked them, but as cupcakes, no. And this one looks delicious ... and neatly photographed as well. Have got to check it out and try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers ... visiting from Mandatory Mooch!

    Tito Eric of Panglao Island
    http://turningboholano.blogspot.com/2012/08/ginataang-puso-ng-saging.html

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    1. Thanks for the comment about the photography. I've been working to make the pictures a little more visually appealing. Now if I can just do something about the lighting!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hey lady!! I just found your cute blog via the mingle, and I'm your newest follower! I'd also love to have you check out a fabulous Triple Giveaway I'm having right now!!

    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much!
    xo

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/08/triple-winner-giveaway.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Your hair tutorials are fabulous! I'm going to be trying those out on my daughter - maybe I'll win mom of the year :)

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    1. They are very yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty! This sounds incredible - I love pineapple upside down cake, but never make since I would eat the whole thing. I really like the idea of the cupcakes, i can eat and still keep portion control! I'm going to try this out this week. Really does sound so good! My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative cupcakes tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

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    1. Portion control is always a good :) These taste identical to my regular pineapple upside cake so you won't be missing a thing!

      Be sure and let me know how they turn out. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Boy, do I wish my husband liked pineapple! I'll just have to try this when he's not home! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! I hope you'll be back next Friday. I just joined your site.

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    1. My daughter doesn't like pineapple either so I just didn't fill a couple of the cupcakes, plus when I was making the frosting I pulled a little out before I added the pineapple and juice. That way she could have plain old cupcakes while the rest of us indulged in pineapple goodness :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Never had pineapple-cupcakes and your seem to be great!
    I love the fact that you use crushed pineapples in the frosting

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    1. The pineapple in the frosting does give it a little extra oomph. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Yummy looks and sound great :)thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays....

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    1. Thanks for hosting - I enjoy seeing what your up to every week. Appreciate you stopping by.

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  9. I am a new follower from Mom's Monday Mingle. I can not wait to make these cupcakes!!

    Pamela
    http://pammiej2002.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you. Returned the follow :)

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  10. Tickled pink your shared your pineapple upside down cupcakes with us. I do have can of crushed pineapple in the pantry, I'll let you know how they turn out! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and hosting every week. I appreciate getting the opportunity to share my creations :)

      You'll have to let me know how the cupcakes turn out for.

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  11. This looks so yummy!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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    1. They taste just as yummy as they look! Thanks so much for stopping by and hosting every week.

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  12. I love upside down pineapple cake. In cupcake form - great. I'm going to try this one.

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    1. You'll have to let me know how you like it. Thanks again for the feature :)

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  13. Just letting you know you will be the featured blogger this week for Flash Blog Friday. I love a good cupcake! Cheers Bree.

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  14. That looks so yummy! I will have to try this =)

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    1. Be sure and let me know how your family likes it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  15. Link your food post! http://drharmanmodernfamily.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/pick-post-food-one.html

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    1. The link was closed by I'm adding you to the link list and I'll hit you next week. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about your party.

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  16. Love pineapple upside down cake -- and love the idea of cupcake sizing! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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    1. Cupcakes are just the perfect size, aren't they? Thanks for stopping by and hosting every week.

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