Mini Bourbon Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

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READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 24
YIELD: 24 cakes
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Move an oven rack into the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Spray 24 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • Spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon bourbon into the bottom of each sprayed muffin cup.
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  • Press a maraschino cherry into the center of the brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  • Drain pineapple, saving the juice (there should be about a cup). Cut each chunk in half and surround cherry with four pieces, one on each side, covering the bottom of the muffin cup.
  • Mix yellow cake mix, eggs, pineapple juice, bourbon and vegetable oil in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Turn mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Pour cake batter into the muffin cups, filling them to the top; do not overfill.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool at least 5 minutes on a rack. Then run a small sharp knife around each cake to loosen before inverting muffin cups forcefully (with a bang!) over a large piece of waxed paper on your counter to release. Some pineapple pieces may stick to bottom, just put them back on the cakes. Serve with pineapple/cherry side up.
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