Pineapple Upside-Down Mini Cakes

These Bundts are a mini take on everybody's favorite bake-and-flip dessert. They are filled with cherries and accompanies by a sour-cherry-and-vanilla sauce.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup 1/4-inch diced fresh pineapple
  • Dried Pineapple Flowers
  • Sour Cherry Sauce

For the Pineapple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter and flour a 6-cake mini Bundt pan (with an 8-ounce capacity and 3 3/4-inch diameter).

  2. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Add flour mixture in two parts, alternating with sour cream (take care to not overmix).

  3. Fill a disposable pastry bag with one-third of the batter; cut its tip to make a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe batter into the bottom of the molds to about 3/4 inch high. Using a mini offset spatula, smooth batter until even. Scatter half of the pineapple over top. Repeat with more batter and remaining pineapple, and finish with remaining batter; smooth tops. Bake for 19 to 21 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted comes out with loose crumbs attached. Cool for 3 minutes and immediately invert cakes to remove from molds. Allow cakes to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, make the pineapple syrup: Bring sugar and juice to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Allow to cool to room temperature.

  5. Trim tops of cakes so that they are even (they should be 2 1/2 inches high). Invert cakes and generously brush outsides with syrup.

  6. To serve, spoon some cherries into center hole of each cake and a little bit of sauce around the perimeter. Top each cake with a pineapple flower to conceal cherries underneath.

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