We’re officially knee deep in the holiday season, and this time of year, there are few things more crowd-pleasing than a perfectly baked cake.
Well, maybe not just any cake. When it comes to planning your festivities, you need to be a bit picky about what baked goods you showcase. It has to be special. Special like, say, a classic pineapple upside down cake, for instance.
Or better yet, how about mini cakes? Then no one needs to worry about curring and serving and everyone can just grab and go.
And, hey, we’re talking about a holiday party, right? Then this cake should have rum. A delicious, exceptional rum aged in American white oak barrels for about a year and infused with natural pineapple juice and natural pineapple flavor.
That is how Don Q Piña is made, and it’s what makes it the perfect fit for these mini pineapple upside down cakes.
Followers of this little food blog know how much I love cooking and baking with spirits, and I especially love when the products have a deep, rich history. I’ve learned that Don Q is made by Destilería Serrallés, and they’ve made rum-making a family tradition, dating all the way back to 1865. They also have an unrivaled passion for quality, and they’ve poured significant time and resources into making their distillery one of the greenest (and environmentally responsible!) in the spirits industry.
Don Q Piña is the newest member of the Destilería Serrallés family. It has bright citrus notes and subtle sweetness, making it ideal for virtually any cocktail calling for a taste of the islands. Or, in this case, perfect for adding a tropical kick to these mini cakes.
And as for how these cakes turned out?
I think it goes without saying that if you love pineapple upside down cakes then you’re guaranteed to love this mini version. It’s everything you love about the classic cake just smaller and individual-sized.
Plus, this is an easy, no-fuss recipe, which is made all the better by the sweet pineapple infusion of Don Q Piña.
You’ll also have plenty of Don Q Piña left over for after-dessert (or during-dessert?) cocktails and martinis.
If you have a favorite after-dessert cocktail, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
notes & tips for these pineapple upside down cakes
- I mentioned this in the post above, but I highly recommend using Don Q brand for these cakes, and specifically the brand new Piña. Be sure to check out their website to find where to buy!
- To make these cakes you’ll need to use a one or two jumbo muffin tin (or whatever cake pan you have that’s small, will still easily fit a pineapple ring in the cavity, and makes 10 cakes.)
- In the mood for more pineapple? Be sure to check out Tangy Pineapple Glazed Ham, Frog Eye Salad, Tropical Fruit Parfaits, and Creamy Fruit Salad.
- Craving some cake? There’s also Champagne Bundt Cake, Naked Purple Ombre Cake, Eggnog Bundt Cake, Red Velvet Bundt Cake, and Kentucky Butter Cake.
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Mini Pineapple Upside Down Rum Cakes
Mini spongy yellow cakes topped with sweet pineapple and maraschino cherries that are generously brushed with Don Q Piña (pineapple rum).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, add yellow cake mix, eggs*, vegetable oil*, and water*. Whisk until batter is smooth with very little clumps, then set nearby.
Spray a jumbo muffin pan (recipe makes 10 cakes, so you may need 2 pans) with cooking spray. Pour melted butter into the cavities of the muffin pan, distributing it evenly between all 10. Next, spoon in light brown sugar, again distributing evenly. Add a sliced pineapple to each cavity, and then finish by placing a maraschino cherry in the hole of each pineapple ring.
Pour prepared cake mix into each cavity in the muffin tin, filling them up to about 2/3 full.
Bake pineapple upside down cakes for about 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out with no crumbs attached.
Let cakes cool completely in the muffin tin. If the tops of the cakes are domed, use a knife to cut the top off so that the cakes appear flat. Once cakes have cooled, remove cakes from pan and place on a serving dish upside down so that the pineapple and cherry are on top.
Using a pastry brush, generously coat the tops of the mini pineapple upside down cakes with Don Q Piña.
Serve cakes immediately.
* Values may vary depending on the brand of cake mix used. When preparing, substitute the ingredients listed on the back of the box for any ingredient marked with a *.