Baking is still a joy to me. There is just something about mixing everything up and waiting for it finish, smelling the wonderful aromas wafting from the oven. Yum! I am always on the lookout for a new favorite treat to make my family and friends, and any odd stranger or two who is brave enough to sample something! One of the things I am really focusing on now are simple, and fast, yet really good recipes. Well I found one and I want to share it with you!! Years ago I was a mix snob, but lately I have been enjoying how easy they are to incorporate into lots of recipes. This is the most recent one I found that has made a big and favorable debut at our house.
Mini Upside Down Pineapple Cakes
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple
1/3 c butter or margarine, melted
2/3 c brown sugar
12 maraschino cherries, cut in half
1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
Stir together the melted butter and brown sugar. Evenly divide the mixture into muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. This will be approximately 1 tsp per cup. Place the cherries in the center of the brown sugar mixture.
Evenly divide the pineapple over the sugar mixture and around the cherries.
Prepare the cake mix according to the directions, replacing the amount of water called for with the reserved pineapple juice and water. Evenly pour the batter, about 1/4 c, into muffin cups being careful not to disturb the cherry or pineapple.
Thanks to Dole for this amazing recipe! I found it in a magazine and just knew it would be fun and easy to make. I am thrilled with it! Hope you will be too. Enjoy!