Pineapple Expressway to Sweet ‘Afters’

Pineapple Upsidedown Cupcakes 2 arrSimple pleasures are where it’s at!  And for me, there’s something poetically understated about Mother Nature’s offerings.  To be seen and enjoyed, there’s no doubt there are plenty.  But, here are two earthly examples that immediately come to my mind:  ‘ananas’ and ‘palmas.’   Both standing tall and equally homegrown natives to warmer climates, I absolutely adore these particular reminders of Mr. Sun ─ pineapples and palm trees.

Pineapple Upsidedown Cupcakes 3 arrQuite the flora spectacle, leafy high rises are to be seen, left in their natural habitat, and later missed post-travel.  Fortunately, I have great news:  sunny days are ahead!  Requiring minimal effort and looking no further than a few staples, a taste of the tropics is made instantly possible via Betty Crocker.  Yes, I said it ─ the cake mix!  I’m all for baking desserts from scratch.  But, on “island time” ─ even ‘sans’ the island ─ baking is temptingly a breeze with Betty’s direct recipe for Upside-down Pineapple Cupcakes.  Essentially, this will be a delectable crowd-pleaser that can be prepared non-stop and without catching any red-eyes.

Pineapple Upsidedown Cupcakes 1 arrFollowing step-by-step instructions, then, here we go:  step one, evenly dot a muffin pan with pre-combined brown sugar and butter; step two, layer with pineapple slices; step three, arrange a single maraschino cherry in the center of each designated muffin setting; and, last but not least, step four requires one to pour the pre-made cake batter over the aforementioned necessities.  Speaking of the batter, all you need are eggs, oil, and water ─ as per Betty’s suggestion.  Better yet, substitute water with reserved pineapple juice ─ liquid from the same can of ‘fruit rings’ will do ─ and be on your way to creating a tartly sweet pineapple-infused mixture.  In continuation, proceed to prepare and bake two dozen upside-down sweet cakes at 350 F, for 25 minutes.  Finally, allow the bountiful of cakey vitamin C to cool.Pineapple Upsidedown Cupcakes 4 arr

So, there you have it!  A Betty-inspired take on a classic dessert that happily turns out ─ intact ─ and one that remains true to exotic taste.  What’s more, these caramel-coated miniature cakes deliver:  they’re undeniably moist, flavourfully saturated in fruit flavour, and are best served warm or à la mode.  Suffice it to say, bakers and pineapple-heads alike can rejoice!  Speedily-made and golden still, this fan-favourite treat is bound to delight appetites, and leave all with a sunny ─ ‘ananas’-kissed ─ disposition.

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Irish You a Happy St. Paddy’s!

GuinnessCCakes 7 arr“Kiss me, I’m Irish!” ─ well, not quite!  Definitely Irish-ish in spirit, who wouldn’t be?  Painting the town green, St. Patrick’s Day is definitely to be seen, heard and celebrated both near and far.  GuinnessCCakes 3 arrGetting early festivities under way, the baker in me feels equally happy-go-lucky to colour my kitchen with my next must-make-bake-and-indulge Emerald Isle inspired treat.  Kissing one decadent recipe “hello,” here’s a moist cake worth touting:  Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting.

GuinnessCCakes 4 arrTraditional or not, a beer-infused dessert is to be truly tried and tasted, at least once.  And in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes ─ yes you can switch things up, and make cupcakes!  Courtesy of Epicurious, anyone can take the original recipe and still yield great flavour with a pan swap-out.  Caring to share a taste of Ireland with friends, then, just exchange a round cake pan for a muffin tin and your mini cakes are set by the dozen.  Needless to say, crack open and pour ‘Made in Ireland’ exports, then prepare and evenly distribute the cake batter into cupcake papers for the start of your very own ‘nouveau’ 12-pack.  GuinnessCCakes 5 arr

Lament-free upon a baking session gone right, these Guinness ‘cups’ are undeniably cocoa-rich, infused with dry ebony stout, and baking ‘familiars’ ─ a.p. flour, eggs, butter, sugar, salt, baking soda and sour cream.  Spirits already elated, you may forgo addition of ‘magical’ hints ─ authentic aged whiskey ─ and opt to top solidified pints of brew-baked cake with modest butter cream.   Going the extra mile, however, Bailey’s cream liqueur befits the occasion and mood for a double-double dose of Irish flavour.  GuinnessCCakes 6 arrEnd result, I deem frosted stout cupcakes to be a clover of a dessert find ─ they’re saporous, sweet and simply shamrockin’!

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