Take this classic dessert and upgrade it by making single servings
For the topping:
1 can pineapple rings (or you can use fresh pineapple)
1 teaspoon whiskey
6 maraschino cherries
1/4 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
For the batter:
1½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon whiskey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup pineapple juice
In a small pot over medium heat stir together 1/4 cup butter, ½ cup brown sugar and a teaspoon of whiskey.
Once the mixture starts to bubble, let it cook another minute or two.
It should thicken a little.
Remove from heat and spoon into a buttered cupcake pan.
Now lay in the pineapple slices and cherry halves.
I found that my pineapple slices were a bit too big for standard size baking cups.
To remedy this, I sliced out a bit of the pineapple.
For the batter first whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Now cream together the softened butter and sugar.
Stir in the eggs, whiskey and vanilla extract. Now add in half the flour mixture, stir.
Then pour in the reserved 1/2 cup pineapple juice, stir, then the remaining flour mixture.
Spoon mixture over the prepared pineapple filled pans.
Don’t overfill the cups, but they will be slightly more full than standard cupcake recipes.
One heaping spoonful per cup should do it.
Bake at 350°F for 25-28 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow cooling for a few minutes.
While they cooled, I laid a cutting board over the cakes to help create a flatter bottom for them to sit on.
Invert the pan over a cutting board or large plate to turn the mini cakes upside down (which of these is right side up).
If any pineapple pieces fall off, put them back in place.
These are absolutely delicious served right out of the oven, but they can also sit in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container.
Somehow the pineapple top helps to keep them moist if you want to make them the night before an even
Serves: 1 dozen
Recipe credit: A Beautifull Mess
Prepared, tried and tested by Monica, Hilda Kate Van Zyl‘s, daughter in law