Sunday, May 23, 2010

Upside down Pineapple Cupcakes

I can absolutely guarantee that this recipe will impress! It is very moist and delicious.. a fool proof dinner party recipe. Serves nicely with icecream or cream, or simply plain. Thanks to the wonderful "JustJenn" for this recipe who describes a friend 9 years later still remembering this recipe!

Top Ingredients
1 can thin pineapple rings
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted



Batter Ingredients

1 cup flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg, lightly beaten

Method
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, or 180 fan-forced. Grease a non-stick cupcake pan. Do not use cupcake liners, remember, these are to be inverted as they are 'upside down pineapple cupcakes.'
Drain the pineapple rings, and reserve 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice for the batter. Lay the rings on paper towels after they've been drained. Whilst leaving the rings to dry a bit, melt the 1/3 cup of butter. Then mix in the brown sugar. Divide this mixture evenly amongst the cupcake pan (about 1-3 generous spoons each). Now lay the pineapple ring on top. The bottom of the cupcake pan is smaller than an average pineapple ring, so cut a chuck out of the ring to make it fit. Use the leftovers to fill other cups. Then, in a mixing bowl, mix very well the flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder with a wooden spoon. Then, using an electric mixer/beaters add the 1/2 cup butter, pineapple juice and milk. Continue to mix. Then add the egg and vanilla. Spoon the batter over the pineapple rings. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

After they've been cooked, let them rest in the pan for a few minutes. Then place a wire rack on top of the pan, flip it over, and the cakes should just come out. Let them cool, or serve them warm as they are extremely yummy just out of the oven.

Alternative way of decorating:
When placing the brown sugar and butter in the cupcake pan and then the pineapple ring, you could also add a glacé cherry for decoration so when the cake is inverted there is a nice colour contrast.

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