Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy re-designing my blog layout and house-hunting. Both tasks are proving to be a big challenge, but I will soldier on and not give up. I am too determined to have the blog layout of my dreams and a humble abode.

One thing is for sure I have a bad habit of diving into the deep end of things without a crash helmet. There are some important lessons that I have learnt:
Firstly, patience and understanding is a virtue. My poor sister has to put up with my nonsense explanations, multiple emails, random phone calls and constant questions. She really is a gem for doing this probono.

Secondly, don’t listen to anyone (except your mortgage broker) when it comes to advice about home loans and real estate. It is currently an unstable/unpredictable economic climate where legislation and laws change almost on a daily basis. Buying a home will be the biggest purchase Pizzaboy and I will make in our lifetime, therefore emotions are running high, desperation creeps in as every day passes and misinformation can be passed around easily just by the click of a button. A simple statement by anyone can send a surge of sudden panic through us. We have learned not to listen and only receive our information from certain sources.

I had a plan to not concentrate on blogging for a month, then I received a generous tray of 5 sweet pineapples from the King of Fruit. It turned out to be a welcome distraction from the constant number-crunching and HTML blah-blah-blah. I quickly decided to make these cute upside down pineapple cupcakes that were inspired by a picture I saw in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

These cupcakes were delicious! Pizzaboy devoured three cupcakes in quick succession. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed them. I am not a big fan of pineapples but these particular ones were sweet and were gobbled up quickly by my family.

pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Recipe makes 12

12 slices of fresh pineapple
200g brown sugar
70g unsalted butter
1/4 cup pineapple juice (blended from fresh pineapple)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 1/2 cups of plain flour
200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup of caster sugar
4 free-range eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of milk
2 teaspoons baking powder

Upside Down Cupcakes

Making the pineapple topping
1) Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat
2) Add brown sugar and pineapple juice until it has dissolved, then remove from heat.
3) Mix cinnamon to the sugar mixture

Making the vanilla cake
1) Preheat oven 175°C/350°F
2) Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl
2) In another bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until pale and light
3) Slowly add the sugar and beat for another 2 minutes
4) Add the milk, eggs and vanilla extract and beat for another minute
5) Gently fold through the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the sides so that nothing is missed.

Assembling the cupcakes
1) Butter the muffin pan or ramekin
2) Scoop 2-3 teaspoons of the sugar mixture into the bottom of the ramekin
3) Place a pineapple slice on top
4) Spoon batter into the ramekin until three-quarters full
5) Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean
6) Allow cakes to cool for 10 minutes before serving

pineapple cupcakes

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If you like these cupcakes can you please vote for it here so I can win a $500 Gift Voucher
Many thanks for your vote!

**Fresh pineapples supplied by King of Fruit

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  1. catty

    These are so cute 🙂 🙂 good luck with the house buying!

  2. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    That caramel topping looks so good!

    Good luck with everything. I know how stressful it is when househunting for a place to rent, so I can only imagine what it is like when you’re trying to buy a place. Fingers crossed you get there without too many grey hairs. Just eat another cupcake 🙂

  3. Angie’s Recipes

    I like pineapple upside down cake…moist, rich and easy to make…just perfect for the coffee break.

  4. TasteHongKong

    Awesome idea, and you have made the cake look adorable. Good luck!

  5. Vivienne

    Looking forward to the new blog design 😉 And hope u find a suitable house soon!
    This is my kinda cupcake…with fruits! I like the addition of pineapple juice! Yum!

  6. tigerfish

    I like that last photo – can I have the honor to make that 2nd bite 😉

  7. Maria @ ScandiFoodie

    Adorable and delicious looking cupcakes my sweetest! I wish you all the good luck in the world in house hunting!

  8. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    Nice to see you back and well done on those wonderful pineapple cakes! Good luck with the househunting…

  9. Jess @ Bakericious

    I love the new look of your blog. The cake looks so delicious, I love the caramised, yummy!

  10. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    What a fantastic way to use pineapple! And what great photos!!!

  11. Anh

    Such a cute cake. And good luck with everything! 🙂

  12. Rhonda ( The Dainty Baker)

    Very cute cuppies!! Indeed life does get in the way of our love of food sometimes but never fear… solider on!! 😀

  13. OohLookBel

    Lovely cakes! And you peeled and cored the king of fruit so beautifully, too 🙂

  14. Danielle

    Good luck with the house hunting process!

    On a side note – I would love to have that pineapple cake as a snack right now! When will they invent computers that send food through the screen 😉 !?

  15. Reemski

    Wow, I know what you mean about the house hunting. SO PAINFUL, full of hopes dashed, and dreams shattered. I’m sending you as many good luck vibes as I can and I hope it all works out for you both.

    In the meantime, cupcakes and baking are a great way to ease the tension.

  16. Christie @ Fig & Cherry

    Love the maraschino cherry on top – so 70s! Very cute 🙂

  17. MaryMoh

    I love pineapples and I would love this. I must try to make. It looks so delicious. Have fun with your blog makeover and house hunting 😀 Both are really challenging I agree.

  18. Heidi – Apples Under My Bed

    These are super cute!!
    I can’t even begin to imagine how frustrating real estate must be. I’m still renting!
    Heidi xo

  19. foodwink

    Good luck with the house hunting, Amy! Oh, and the HTML blah blah blah too 🙂 Looking forward to the new layout!

  20. mademoiselle délicieuse

    Mmmm, although tinned pineapple is pretty good, fresh pineapple always wins hands down! I only recently peeled my very first one, instead of buying it ready-sliced and it didn’t prove too traumatic =p

    Best of luck with the house-hunting and be firm about what you want!

  21. newlywed

    Ugh, we are house-hunting too. It is miserable! Not the fun kind of shopping at all.
    On the bright side…I LOVE your recipe. I never would have thought to make these as cupcakes. But they are just so adorable!

  22. angie

    Aww good luck with the house hunting! Very cute little cakes you have there mmmm =)

  23. grace

    these are so cute! personalized little portions of upside-down cake is a great idea. 🙂

  24. sweetlife

    oh your bac at least for this post, I missed ya!! I love your cute ramekins and your little cakes are super yummy…I am super happy you and pizzaboy ae buying a new home, fingers crossed for you to find the home of youir dreams and ‘m sure your new layout will be fab, vote for ya, of course darling…off to vote, have a great weekend…oh and if I ever write a cookbook, surely I will send you one of the first copies for your collection, lol

  25. Joanne

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m glad you took a break from your blogging break to post these cupcakes because they look delicious! Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and, I mean, everything tastes better in cupcake form! Good luck with the house buying…try not to let the stress get to you!

  26. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Good to see you are back Amy. You’ve been missed!
    Househunting…argh. There is truly nothing more stressful- sending you buckets and buckets of luck and I really hope it proves to be a quick process for you.
    These pineapple cupcakes look wonderful, really tasty looking.

  27. panda

    these cakes are adorable and look yummy too! good luck with the house hunting and really glad to see you back to blogging 🙂

  28. delicieux

    I love these! So cute and so retro at the same time.

    Good luck with the househunting. I know what a stressful thing it is!

  29. Juliana

    I love the idea of individual portion and I can have a whole slice of pineapple for myself…SO SO cute!

  30. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager

    Gorgeous looking tropical cupcakes! Good luck with the househunting – I’m in the same boat so I know how you feel. When did houses become so unaffordable?

  31. Von

    Good Luck with your house hunting!! And your blog re-designing =) These cupcakes looks delicious!! I’ve never made upside down cakes before, but I’ve been meaning to- I love pineapple, and if you don’t really like pineapple that much and loved it, I’m sure I would really really like these!

  32. Trisha

    That last close up photo made me go “Ooooooooooh!”. This is fantastic!!! Oh and good luck with house hunting too! I remember when I was looking for a place to buy it took me months and months until I found the one I want. You’d want to buy the house/apartment/place that you really want! 🙂

  33. Kathryn

    Yum! I wish my baking creations looked that pretty!

  34. Ladybird

    Oooh I’ve never made an upside down cake – this looks scrummy!

  35. SK

    My auntie used to make a variant of your pineapple upside cake, using a chocolate base. It was delicious.

  36. MissA

    Looks delicious! Wonderfully retro and summery! Good luck with house hunting!

  37. Emma @Cakemistress

    Loving these mini pineapple upside down cakes. Glad you found a new home! Congrats on home ownership 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. Kitchen Butterfly

    Take it easy – in the end, you’ll be rewarded by the blog theme you like (at least for the next year :-)) and a roof over your head. You’ll be able to paint all your walls red…or dark brown or leave them glorious shades of cream.

  39. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    These are so cute! I’ve been wanting to make something like it ever since seeing something similar in a magazine this spring.

  40. Adrian @ Food Rehab

    Oh hello there little moist cake! I have a weakness for glazed cherries

  41. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    I love upside down pineapple cake but never thought of making cupcakes! Love the idea. So pretty!

  42. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    They look gorgeous Amy! And wasn’t that bounty of King of Fruit pineapple amazing? It took us ages to get through ours but we savoured them and then actually went to the store and bought some more! 😛

  43. Susan: My Food Obsession

    YUM! How good to these look! I will be adding them to my ‘need to bake ASAP list’!

  44. grace

    these are adorable. what perfect portions, assuming i’m allowed three or four. 🙂

  45. Patricia

    I made this and it was delicious! thanks for the recipe. Everyone loved it!

  46. bella

    Looks delish! What a great idea!

  47. noa

    i am in the middle of making this…and i noticed the ingredients call for milk, but there is no mention of it in the actual recipe…i combined the flour and butter mixture, and realized that it was a bit i added the milk then…hope that’s good….


    Holy delicious! I love, love pineapple upside down cake! These look delicious!

  49. nadine

    It looks great, i will try it today.