I have never made, let alone tasted, pineapple upside down cake before so I was quite eager to tackle this request. I jumped on Pinterest and found this wonderful recipe for mini cakes using muffin tins. They turned out wonderfully and the recipe soon made its way into my cookbook!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, add eggs, white sugar, and pineapple juice. Beat for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and turn mixer back on for 2 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Stir on low heat for one minute.
- Spoon a layer of the warm brown sugar mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin, then place a pineapple ring on top. Add a cherry in the middle of each pineapple. Pour cake mixture over to fill muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. If you are using regular muffin tins, you will need to cut down the rings to fit or just use pineapple tidbits.
- Bake jumbo cakes (muffin pans with 6 LARGE spots) for 25 minutes. Bake regular cakes (cupcake pans with 9-12 spots) for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cake to help loosen in case it sticks a little. Place a wire cooling rack on top, and quickly flip over on top of sheet tray to catch extra drippings.
- Place wire rack of cakes on sheet tray to cool.