Friday, April 23, 2010

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

I love birthdays...why? Because they give me an excuse to make my favorite thing in the world. I think it's rather clear by now what that is...but for those of you just tuning in, that would be cupcakes! It's one of my best friends in the entire worlds birthday this weekend. She was origionally planning on having a cookout but apparently it is going to rain. What a bummer, because I love cookouts! Anyway, she requested something fruity and even suggested something pineapple upside down-like. Luckily for me, I happened to have a recipe for pineapple upside down cupcakes!

The origional recipe comes from that cupcake calendar I have from the book "500 Cupcakes". It suggests to serve it warm (which is delicious I'm sure) but I had these in mind with a cookout theme and therefore, that just isn't doable. I thought these cupcakes would be fantastic with whipped cream, but again, that is a little difficult considering I have to transport these and can't serve them right away as they should be (warm and with whipped cream). The recipe actually had NAKED cupcakes which I don't really believe in, so I settled for vanilla buttercream and a cherry on top (I just couldn't resist).

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake

A vanilla cupcake with a pineapple topping. Also topped with vanilla frosting, sugar sprinkles and a cherry.


1 cup (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
20 oz. can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Vanilla buttercream (recipe follows)
Maraschino cherries (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease to 12-cup muffin pans with butter and dust with a little flour, tapping out the excess. In the bottom of each cup, drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon pineapple, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

Place all the cupcake ingredients (butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla) in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2-3 minutes. Spoon the batter on top of the pineapple mixture in each cup. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove pans from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Turn out the cupcakes onto dessert plates, serve warm with heavy cream if desired.

Vanilla Buttercream


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Beat butter until creamy and smooth. Slowly add confectioners sugar in about 3 or 4 batches. When creamy, add vanilla and beat on medium-high about 1-2 minutes.

Top cupcakes with frosting and a cherry. Enjoy! :)

Pineapple Upsidedown Cake on FoodistaPineapple Upsidedown Cake



Chef Dennis said...

what a great job you did with this just calls out to touch with the buttercream!

Elizabeth said...

OH YUM! I'm always looking for unique cupcake ideas and this hits the target. I'll admit, I've never made a pineapple upsidedown cake - but I'm definitely making these :)

Megan Barnes said...

They were beautiful and delicious!!! My family attacked them as soon as I brought them home. Thank you so much! : ) I'm lucky to have such a talented and sweet friend. I love you lady!

Girl Foodie said...

These are beautiful. I'm not exaggerating when I say that my saliva glands just jumped into action.
I'm totally going to try these!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

What a fantastic cupcake. Love the buttercream...perfect. Cheers!

Stephanie said...

i have that same cupcake calendar :) shamefully, i have never made one of the recipes :-/ question: is superfine sugar just plain sugar?? also, how do you make your icing look so perfect? do you use a piping bag & tip?

Alisa said...

Yum! I love this! Why didnt I think of making this before!Thanks for sharing I would definitely give this a try.I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Miss. Tarrah Dame said...

Thanks everyone!Stephanie: superfine sugar is kind of in between granulated and confectioners sugar...its known as "caster" sugar but if you can't find it you can either substitute it with granulated or do what I do and run the sugar through a food processor to grind it a little more...and Alisa: sure thing! :)

Xinen said...

looks pretty awesome to me!! I love birthdays too for the very same reason. cake making time(: you have some great eats!(:

Kelita said...

those look scrummy!

Kim said...

Looks so yummy! Will have to try them!

Bake-A-Holic said...

Very cute blog. I love desserts and baking! You're cupcakes look awesome.

Barefoot Belle said...

I have two of your recipes on my to-do list--this one and the reeses pb cupcakes! These both look so good!

Parita said...

That looks so yummm! I too just need an excuse to bake :D Lovely blog, keep rocking!

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