Monday, May 6, 2013

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes for Krystal's Virtual Baby Shower

Today I'm offering this sweet treat in honor of a sweet baby boy who is about to take Krystal (from Mrs. Regueiro's Plate) & Eric's family of three to a party of four. I was excited to be invited to participate in this Virtual Cupcake Themed Shower to celebrate their new addition. Does it get any better than babies and cupcakes?!  If you haven't 'met' Krystal, you really need to visit her blog and see for yourself how talented she is in the kitchen and with her camera, making amazing crafts, and on top of all that, what a great mother and wife she is. She really does it all! This baby boy is going to be blessed.

When I heard the theme was cupcakes (Krystal calls her baby boy Cupcake), I decided to use pineapple as my main ingredient & flavor to go along with the thought about pineapple bringing on labor. I know it's just an old wives tale, but it doesn't hurt to try, right? Exactly one year ago today, on May 6th, I was pregnant with my son.  38+ weeks. Miserable.  I ate fresh pineapple, walked a mile under the full moon (the Super Moon!), and was holding my baby boy less than 48 hours later. Just throwing that out there, Krystal. ;)

Congratulations again, Krystal! I can't wait to watch your babies grow!

Please visit Eva Bakes to see the other fantastic cupcakes for Krystal's Virtual Shower. Thank you, Eva, for hosting a fun shower!

Source: The Kitchen is My Playground

1 (14 to 15 oz.) can pineapple rings, drained with juice reserved
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1/8 c. pineapple juice, reserved from draining pineapple
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Vanilla Cupcakes:
1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 T. butter, at room temperature
1/2 c. whole milk (I used 1%)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Maraschino cherries for garnish


Combine brown sugar, butter, and pineapple juice in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved.  

Remove from heat and stir in ground cinnamon.  Set aside.
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat on slow speed until everything is combined and you have a crumb mixture with a sandy consistency. Gradually pour in half of the milk; beat until the milk is just incorporated.

Whisk together the remaining milk (1/4 cup), egg, and vanilla. Pour into the flour mixture and beat until all ingredients are just incorporated. Beat for about another 30 seconds to one minute until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix.

Assembly & Baking:  
Generously grease 12 muffin cups with butter.  Spoon a scant tablespoon of brown sugar topping into each muffin cup and top with a pineapple ring. (The pineapple rings were too big to fit into my muffin pan, so I had to cut a section out of each ring to make it smaller.)  Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring. Spoon in cupcake batter until cups are 2/3 full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until light golden and the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool slightly in the pan.

Remove cupcakes from the pan.  While still warm, run a knife around the edge of each cupcake.  Then gently scoop each cupcake out of its muffin cup with a spoon and place inverted on a platter.  Spoon any pineapple bits and brown sugar topping that remain behind in the pan over the inverted cupcakes.


Eva @ Eva Bakes said...

I didn't know that eating pineapple was supposed to help with labor. I already love pineapple upside down cake, so turning this awesome cake into a cupcake is just brilliant. Thanks for joining me in Krystal's online baby shower!

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

These look wonderful! Such a great idea to make these into individual cupcakes!:)

Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

I love your nod to pineapple inducing labor!! Awesome shower contribution!

Krystal Regueiro said...

Buahahahaa, let me get some pineapple today. I'm absolutely miserable, feeling like a cooked turkey. Let's cross our fingers and hope it works...the full moon is this Saturday or so...so just maybe?? Anywho, I've been on the hunt for pineapple upside down cake, and in cupcake form...these are absolutely perfect!! Thank you again my dear friend for participating in cupcake's virtual baby shower! XXOO

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Yum, yum! What a fab idea for a cupcake, Melissa! :)

branny said...

Pineapple upside down cake was the first thing I learned to bake in a 4H class - this cupcake reminds me of that!

Amy said...

This is such a wonderful idea for a cupcake! I'm craving pineapple now lol!

Melissa said...

Branny - I was in 4-H for 10 years, but never took baking/cooking. I bet it was a great project!

Becky said...

These cupcakes are perfect for summer!

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