Friday, April 27, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Apparently this is the "most amazing thing" I have ever made.

With that being said, you should all run right out and make these asap.  I was really unsure about how these guys would go over.  I mean, there is an avid group out there that does not like desserts without chocolate.  I had to make a dessert for 30ish people (thus the use of the GIANT mixer) for a "luau" themed party.  I decided on Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes, but I was nervous about how people would like them.

Not only did they turn out FANTASTIC, but I had enough extra cake batter to make a bundt cake and people were obsessed with them.  The cupcakes were amazing, and the cake was delicious with some fruit or whipped cream on top.  The desserts fit perfectly with the theme and were an overall huge success! In fact, they went so fast, that I didn't really have time to take any pictures! I apologize for the poor lighting here, but please take my word for it, they are amazing.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes (adapted from The Comfort of Cooking)

Before flip...
After flip! 
36 pineapple slices
18 tbsp unsalted butter
3 cups packed brown sugar
6 tbsp light corn syrup
9 eggs
6 cups sugar
3 cups canola oil
3 cups (24 oz) sour cream
6 tsp vanilla
7 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt

1. Grease enough cupcake pans to make 36 cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup. Scoop 1 tbsp of this mixture into the bottoms of each cupcake well. Place 1 pineapple slice in each well.
3. In a large bowl (or giant stand mixer) beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the oil, sour cream, and vanilla until well combined.  Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Beat until just combined.
4. Fill each cupcake well to the top with batter.  Bake for 25-28 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes before flipping.
Enjoy :)


  1. This is a popular item. I saw a version of these on Food Networks "the best thing I ever ate"! By reading this post I can tell that you are proud of these. They look tasty. Also, it looks like you had a lot of fun in the kitchen making them. I cannot get enough of tropical recipes, no doubt this one is a keeper. Enjoy the weekend!

    1. Thanks! It was a ton of fun and they were super delicious!

  2. I used to sell cupcakes at a farmers' market and have made these before. Probably a different recipe, they were a big hit. Do you own the giant mixer? That was one of the things I was looking into buying at the time.

    1. I don't. I live in a fraternity house and the kitchen is built to accommodate large groups. There is a built in giant mixer and it definitely comes in handy when baking for a ton of people!

  3. Ooo check out that giant whisk! I'd so love to have a go of an industrial mixer. Maybe one day. The recipe looks fantastic. I love pineapple so I bet these were awesome.

    Came from FoodBuzz so have left you some Buzz-love on this post on FoodBuzz. :)

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

    1. Thank you! And unfortunately, I don't own the mixer, it is just the one built into the kitchen of my house. I do love it though, I'll probably have to look into getting one someday!

  4. I LOVE pineapple upside down cake - try adding some glace cherries at the bottom too - yummy!!! Would it be wrong to eat them with custard???!!! Moo x

    1. Wow that sounds good! And the original recipe called for the cherries on the bottom, but I couldn't find any at my grocery store! Big disappointment...but they were good anyways! I'll have to make them again with the cherries :)

  5. I never would've have finished college if I'd baked like you do!

    1. Haha, my friends are always asking me how I find the time...I'm not really sure I have an answer!