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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iron Cupcake: Earth - Summer Berries

Happy Father's Day!
Happy first day of summer!

Here we fused the two celebrations for our Iron Cupcake: Earth entry! This month's ingredient is Summer Berries! Me thinks you know which berry we picked:
Delicious, fresh, sweet red strawberries. We had tried strawberry buttercream for a previous Iron Cupcake challenge, so this time we decided to bake the strawberry in the cupcake!

Pineapple-Strawberry Upside-Down Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from John Barricelli and Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
(Makes about 24 regular cupcakes)

1 1/4 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of strawberry yogurt

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and have all ingredients at room temperature. Also have your cupcake liners and pans ready.
  2. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out rounds from pineapple slices. Then use a 1-inch cookie cutter to cut out a hole in the center of the pineapple.
  3. Using the 1-inch cookie cutter again, cut out rounds from strawberry slices.
  4. Place the cut fruits in a sieve to drain any juices.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 tablespoons of butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Using a spoon, divide the mixture into your baking cups to create an even base. Set aside.

  6. In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

  7. Place the 2-inch pineapple round into your baking cup. Add the 1-inch strawberry round into the center.

  8. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Then on the lowest speed, add the flour mixture in two parts. Add in the strawberry yogurt between the two flour mixtures.

  9. Pour the cake mixture into your baking cups, on top of the pineapple and strawberry slices.
  10. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. There may be lovely caramel bubbling out, this was a good sign for us that it was ready!

  11. Let the cupcakes cool for a tiny bit, invert, and serve with vanilla ice cream! The perfect summer and Father's day treat!
    The pineapple-strawberry upside-down cupcake was so good! Loved this easy way to make caramel with the melted brown sugar base! The pineapple and strawberry combination was delicious and the cupcake was nice and fluffy. This fruity treat was great with or without the ice cream topping!

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Yummm! This was berry good!


  1. Deeeeeelicious! You just made my favorite cake paired with my two favorite fruits.

    I think I'm in love.

  2. These look great! I love how you provided step-by-step pictures!! I can't wait to make these, pineapple upside down cake is literally wolfed down in family, they'll love these!

  3. Your cupcakes are simply gorgeous!

  4. apparentlyjessy - Thank you! It was... I am craving it this week!

    Monica H - I'm glad you love it! =)

    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] - Thanks! I hope your family does wolf these down!

    jodye - Thank you!

  5. You are so clever with what you bake.

  6. When I saw this a couple months ago, I ran off to the kitchen to make it.

    I just blogged about it here:http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2009/08/fresh-version.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. comfycook - Thank you!

    Monica H - Yumm!! Love your photos! =)

  8. These look divine!

    I have included these in our summer cupcake feature! Feel free to check it out http://partycupcakeideas.com/50-super-ideas-for-a-summer-cupcake-part-2/

  9. Sprinkles, cool! Thank you for letting me know! =)

  10. These look SO good! I didn't see the amounts for the pineapple and strawberries listed in the ingredients........are my eyes deceiving me?

  11. Hi Cyndi,

    Thank you. You're right, I left out the amount for the pineapple and strawberries. It is so hard to put those in exact since everyone will end up buying different pineapples and strawberries in different sizes. However, I only need to buy one pineapple to slice (ate the extra) and used about 1 strawberry for 3 cupcakes. I hope that helps a bit!