Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mini Pineapple Turn That Frown Upside Down Cakes!

These were made on a whim to cheer up my Mamy who was having a bad day. I'm actually the one having a bad day today, but unfortunately these little babies won't be able to cheer me up because 1) they contain milk products, and 2) they have already been finished off! Oh well, at least I know they tasted good!

As you can see, there's a box of pre-packaged cake mix. Cut me some slack, this was a last minute goody decision! There's also some mini pineapple-banana juices that I bought for myself, but ended up not liking. I decided to put them to good use, except I didn't. I had enough reserve pineapple juice in the cans of pineapple rings. There's also a bottle of water. That's not part of the recipe, I'm just always thirsty (no, I do not have diabetes! The 2 are not correlational!). Not pictured: cupcake tins. You'll need those! 

I began my sweet little creation by pressing the pineapple rings into the bottom of each cupcake tin. I could have easily baked the cupcakes and then topped them with a ring, but what's the fun in doing things the easy way?! Instead, I made a mixture of butter and brown sugar to act as a sort of "glue" and then cut the rings to fit each tin. Yes, this was a bit tedious at first, but it actually got fun! I turned it into a game of seeing whether I could estimate the right amount to cut off. Yes, I am a major dork. After that was nice and settled, I made the cake mix. Instead of using the designated water in the mix, I replaced it with reserved pineapple juice in order to enhance the taste of pineapple in the cupcakes. 

After they finished baking, these little darlings proved to be a bit of a hassle for me! I wanted to take them out of the tins immediately since they were based on pineapple rings. The stickiness of the materials at the bottom of the tins made it difficult for the cupcakes to come out properly when I overturned the tray. Eventually, I managed to get them to cooperate with me and was able to place them all on cooling racks. While they cooked, I placed a maraschino cherry in each center.

Voila! How cute are they? They look like little rays of sunshine :). They were a big hit at the shop too! I can't even tell you how many "Oh my God"'s I received! Just wait until they see next week's treat ;). Anyways, the moral of the story is, these are a quick and (fairly) easy recipe sure to brighten someone's day. Who doesn't like golden delicious treats?!

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