I really like pineapple upside down cake, but I have never tried to make it. When I saw this mini version on Pinterest I just had to give it a try. Here is the link to the original recipe at Big Mama's Home Kitchen.
You can make these either in regular cupcake tins or in large or jumbo muffin tins. If you use regular cupcake tins, you will have to cut down the pineapple rings to fit into the pans, so I decided to use the larger muffin tins. The pineapple ring fits perfectly into the bottom of those pans. You can also use diced pineapple or pineapple chunks, but the rings make a lot prettier cake.
The original recipe made about 6 large mini-cakes. I needed to make a lot, so I doubled the recipe. The measurements I have included here will make about 12 large mini-cakes or 16 cupcake sized cakes.
1 1/3 c. white sugar
8 tbsp. pineapple juice
1 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
2 cans pineapple rings
16 maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin or cupcake tins with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, and pineapple juice. Beat for 2 minutes. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to egg mixture and beat for two additional minutes.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar and cook for 1 minute.
Place a large spoonful of brown sugar mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin. Next put a pineapple ring in, and place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring. Spoon cake batter on top of pineapple rings, filling muffin tins approximately 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for approximately 22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out of cake clean. Let cool in pan for about 3 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cakes with a knife and then place on wire racks to cool completely.
I made these mini cakes for Mother's Day, and they were a big hit. Everyone loved them. Everyone loved the idea of having their own mini cake, and said they were as good or even better than the traditional recipe. Will definitely make these again.
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