Miniature pineapple upside down cakes

I haven’t posted in awhile, but not because I haven’t been doing a project each week! Sunny days make it hard to sit down and write the blog 🙂 I’m going to try to catch up over the next week or two.

This post isn’t actually a Pinterest find. A family friend sent me this recipe she found on Facebook, and boy is it tasty! Very quick and simple to make, too. I used a regular size muffin pan and it took 22 minutes for these cakes to reach perfection.

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Here are the original instructions from this Facebook page. Enjoy!

2 eggs
2/3 cup white sugar
4 Tbsp pineapple juice
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Topping:

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp)
2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
1-can pineapple rings
6-maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, add eggs, white sugar, and pineapple juice. Beat for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and turn mixer back on for 2 minutes.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Stir on low heat for one minute.

Spoon a layer of the warm brown sugar mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin, then place a pineapple ring on top. Add a cherry in the middle of each pineapple. Pour cake mixture over to fill muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. If you are using regular muffin tins, you will need to cut down the rings to fit or just use pineapple tidbits.
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Bake jumbo cakes for 25 minutes. Bake regular cakes for 20 minutes. If you choose to make a large cake, bake for 22-25 minutes in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. The cake is done with a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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Remove from the oven. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cake to help loosen in case it sticks a little. Place a wire cooling rack on top, and quickly flip over on top of sheet tray to catch extra drippings.
Place wire rack of cakes on sheet tray to cool.

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Infinity scarf with lace

In December I started making fleece infinity scarves because it was so cold. I’ve been noticing more-fashionable, less-practical scarves on Pinterest that have sections of lace. I gave it a shot and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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DIY felt baby slippers

A couple of weeks ago I was leaving the parking garage after work and started talking to the parking attendant. Somehow my blog came up, and she said, “I have the cutest, easiest template for making felt baby slippers!” She brought her template and instructions the next week, and last night I made these adorable slippers!

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The pattern she brought calls for a buttonhole stitch, but I think this simple diagonal stitch looks cute, too. I found the original instructions here, but if all you want is the pattern for the sole and top part of the slippers, that’s available here. The original calls for elastic in the middle to help the slippers stay on, but I chose to use a small length of the pearl cotton. It took about 45 minutes to make this pair, but now that I’ve done it once I think it will be much quicker in the future.

What you’ll need:
1 sheet of felt
pearl cotton thread
needle
scissors
felt baby shoe template from the purl bee
(optional) decorative buttons

I think I’ll probably make a whole bunch of these to have on hand for baby showers — they’d be super cute on top of a gift!