Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.  Bring a little taste of the tropics with these Pineapple Cupcakes!   Make them for a Luau or any party with a tropical theme.  Your guests will love the cherry hidden at the bottom and the layer of pineapple in center.

Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

My Mai Tai Cupcakes and Sunset Cupcakes are also perfect summer cupcake choices.

Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

CHERRIES!

Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

PINEAPPLE CENTER!

Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

BAKED AND READY FOR THE YUMMY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Pineapple Cupcakes

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-12-16T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 23 minutes 2017-12-16T00:23:00+00:00 Serves Makes 18 Cupcakes     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 18 maraschino cherries
  • 20 ounce can pineapple chunks (each chunk cut in half)
  • pineapple rings (garnish, cut into wedges)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

Instructions

    For the Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line cupcake tin with 18 cupcake liners and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
    4. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
    5. Add the vanilla and eggs one at a time until well combined.
    6. Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk.
    7. Mix until just combined.
    8. Add 1 teaspoon of batter to the bottom of each cupcake liner. Add a cherry.
    9. Top with 1 tablespoon of batter.

    NOTE: This batter is thick. In order to spread the batter easily dip finger tips in water. Then spread.

    1. Add 4 pieces of pineapple. (that will be originally 2 chunks cut in half)
    2. Top with another tablespoon of batter.

    NOTE: You'll need to use the same spreading method you did for the first layer.

    1. Bake 20 - 23 minutes.
    2. Cool on wire rack in cupcake pans.
    3. Frost with pineapple cream cheese frosting when completely cooled.
    4. Top with a pineapple wedge (optional).

    For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

    1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
    2. Add the vanilla and mix until well combined.
    3. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time alternating with the milk.
    4. Store frosted goods in the refrigerator.

    Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.Pineapple Cupcakes | A layer of pineapple tucked in the middle with a cherry surprise at the bottom all topped with a cream cheese frosting.

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    Comments

    Pineapple Cupcakes — 14 Comments

    1. These sound amazing – I just know my girls will go ga-ga for them! Found you through Mandatory Mooch’s 5/1 linky party – thanks so much for sharing!

      ~Sherry from WhoNeedsACape.com

    2. just put them in the oven so excited to try! i switched the pineapple to mango because we bought a lot of mango for a desert which did not work out so we had so much leftover great use of extra mango/pineapple!

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