Man, I had such a good workout yesterday I thought my arms were going to give out carrying the treats in for work today.
We're having a birthday today and I made the treats I am sort of famous for around here: Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes.
With the holidays coming, I especially wanted to share these again, because:
1. They are SO EASY
2. They are ADORABLE
3. People GO NUTS
I got the recipe from AllRecipes, however, I have tweaked it enough over the many times I have made them, that I have perfected the technique, so here it is.
What you will need (for 12 mini cakes)
1 package Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix (yes, it MUST be Duncan Hines, no substitutions!) and the things required to bake the cake (oil, eggs, water)
About 1/3 cup melted butter
About 2/3 cup light brown sugar (you can use dark, but light brown sugar makes them prettier, in my opinion)
2 cans sliced pineapple rings in 100% pineapple juice
1 jar maraschino cherries
Here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray two JUMBO MUFFIN TINS liberally with baking spray.
Mix melted butter and brown sugar. I like to start with less than 2/3 cup brown sugar and add it until I get the consistency I want, which is pourable/spreadable.
Put a spoonful of brown sugar mix in the muffin tins. Amount doesn't matter. I like to coat the bottom.
Squish a pineapple ring into each muffin cup. You can dry them on a paper towel if you wish them to be less wet. I don't bother.
Plop a cherry in the middle of each pineapple slice.
Mix the cake according to package directions EXCEPT add 1 cup water and 1/3 cup pineapple juice INSTEAD of 1 1/3 cup water.
Fill the tins almost full of batter.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until very lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool exactly 7 minutes on wire rack.
Run a knife around the edges of each cake.
Carefully invert pans onto wire rack. Some of your pineapple slices or cherries might not make it- I have found 7 minute cooling time and knife-running is optimal for them all to come out properly- however, if they don't, this is not a crisis. Just put them back together. They will be fine.
Cool completely before storing.
OK, that probably sounds really complicated but it's not, I swear. LOL.
I really want to share this because like I said, these are fantastic little buggers to make for parties and get-togethers and I know this time of year, there are plenty of those!
Have a great Monday!