Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pineapple Upside Down Minis

I'm so excited to be part of this Food Blogger Blast where Alice Phillips of What's for Dinner, Ally's Kitchen will showcase this recipe and several others at the Dole Bistro where she'll be cooking 'live on green' December 29 and 30th as part of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

This year’s theme for the Dole Packaged Foods, LLC float is ‘Soaring over Paradise.' On January 1, tune in to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade where Dole Packaged Food’s float, “Soaring Over Paradise,” explores the world’s rain forests. The float includes four waterfalls, a zip line that travels through the rain forest canopy and a flock of Macaws that appear to take flight over the floral gardens. Featured throughout the float are Dole’s non-GMO fruits, including bananas, pineapples, strawberries and mangoes.

These Pineapple Upside Down Mini's are the prefect party dessert for family or a crowd. It was so easy to make following their directions, and turned out perfectly. Not only is it so simple to do, but it's delicious to eat. My husband barely waited long enough for them to cool off a bit before he was grabbing one. What's not to love about that? #dolerose


2 cans (20 oz. each) Dole pineapple slices
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 package (18.25 oz.) yellow or pineapple flavored cake mix
9 maraschino cherries, cut in half (I left them whole)

Drain pineapple; reserve juice.

Stir together the butter and brown sugar. Evenly divide sugar mixture into 18 (2/3 cup each) muffin cups coated with cooking spray.

Lightly press well-drained pineapple slices into sugar mixture. Place cherries in the center of the pineapple, slice side up.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, replacing amount of water called for with reserved juice. Pour 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loose edges and invert onto cookie sheet.

Cooks note - If muffin cup is smaller than 2/3 cup, it will not be large enough to hold pineapple slice and batter. I made 8 mini's and used the remaining ingredients to make several larger upside down cakes in ramekins.

This recipe is part of a sponsored post. The thoughts and impressions shared herein are entirely my own.


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