Bring the tropical vibes to your table with these delightful Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes! Perfect for every occasion, these cupcakes are a mini version of the classic pineapple upside-down cake. Whether it’s a family get-together or just an everyday treat, this simplified recipe is sure to impress.
Why Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes?
- Bite-Sized Goodness: Enjoy the flavors of the classic cake in a convenient, bite-sized form.
- Quick and Easy: This recipe offers a simple approach to a gourmet treat, perfect for busy days.
- Versatile: Adapt this recipe to make it from scratch if you prefer, or use the shortcuts for a quicker version.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
- Cooking spray
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 24 maraschino cherries
- 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
- 18.25 oz. pineapple cake mix (e.g., Duncan Hines® Pineapple Supreme)
- 1 ⅓ cups pineapple juice
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- Confectioners’ sugar (for dusting)
- Set the Stage: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and position the oven rack in the middle. Prepare 24 muffin cups with cooking spray.
- Layer the Goodness: Drizzle 1 teaspoon of melted butter into each muffin cup, followed by 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Nestle a maraschino cherry in the center of the sugar layer. Top with a generous tablespoon of crushed pineapple, pressing down to create an even layer.
- Batter Up: In a large mixing bowl, combine the pineapple cake mix, pineapple juice, vegetable oil, and eggs. Start mixing at low speed for about 30 seconds, then ramp up to medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Fill ‘Em Up: Carefully pour the batter into each muffin cup, filling to the brim.
- Baking Time: Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- The Grand Reveal: Allow the cupcakes to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then, invert them onto waxed paper, ensuring the pineapple and cherry side faces upwards. Dust with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and serve.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding a touch of rum extract to the batter for an extra tropical flair.
- These cupcakes pair wonderfully with a scoop of coconut or vanilla ice cream.
These Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are the perfect blend of nostalgia and innovation. Their tropical flavor and beautiful presentation make them a hit at any gathering. So, why wait? Dive into this recipe and let the compliments pour in!
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