No downside to easy upside down pineapple mini-cakes

I have always loved pineapple upside-down cakes, ever since I was a little girl and my grandmother made them.  But this recipe below adds a great twist — making individual mini-cakes in a muffin pan!  What a great solution for parties when guests can simply grab a mini-cake and go, without all the cake-slicing and mess that often deters people from even making the effort. This recipe will make a batch of 6 jumbo size or 8 muffin size cakes.

Cake Ingredients:

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

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp)
  • 2/3 C brown sugar
  • 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.

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.

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.

Enjoy!

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Credits:  This recipe comes from Rhondi at Big Mama’s Home Kitchen.

Accessible accessories

There is something to be said for organizing your “stuff” in hidden-away drawers, cabinets, and bins.  Especially the ugly stuff — and we all have some of that.  But equally so, it is great when you have beautiful things that, while requiring some type of organization, can be displayed openly in a beautiful way.  Enter — jewelry.

I will admit, I have an ugly oak 80s-style jewelry cabinet. I wish I could say it is retro-cool, stylishly primitive, or shabby-chic. But alas, it’s just plain ugly!  Plus, every time I need something out of it, I fight with tangled items in rickety drawers.  Its one saving grace is that it is in my bedroom closet so no one but me need be subjected to its inadequacies. Still, it is getting on my nerves, and I have been inspired by some very practical yet lovely ways to organize jewelry and display it in a highly accessible way.

jewelry screen bestThis framed jewelry screen is the creative product of my friend, Lori, who reports that this was a simple project which cost next to nothing.

She purchased the decorative aluminum sheet at a local craft store for about $6 and used scissors to cut it to size and fit a frame (after she removed the glass). Kudos, Lori!

Even if you decide not to use a sheet such as this, you can use burlap or other material to create a “backing” to complete the look.  Then, hang or post your earrings.

jewelry storage 2To the right is a similar approach, with the addition of a coat rack, using the knobs to hang necklaces and the shelf for bracelets, brooches, or boxes.

The below idea uses a cutlery organizer, with hooks to hang long pieces in vertical fashion and horizontal compartments for bracelets and other items needing to “sit” on a shelf.  Use multiple cutlery dividers to accommodate more pieces and to create a wall-art look.

Jewelry+Storage+1If you still like the idea of putting jewelry in drawers, here are two interesting ways of organizing your pieces in a novel way — using an antique or decorative baking tin or using small teacups.  The latter of which can hold bracelets and necklaces in the cup portion, with hook earrings draped over the edge.

 

 

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If you have a lot of bracelets, I love the idea of ringing them ’round a paper towel holder, as shown below.  You can’t get much easier than that!

bracelet organizationSo have I shamed you into a jewelry project… or inspired you?  Either way, I hope it worked. 🙂

Any other ideas you’ve come across on Pinterest which spark your interest?

I, too, have plenty to do to transform my bedroom closet and better organize my jewelry.  I see a follow-up article around the corner, as well as an oak cabinet Goodwill drop-off in my near future. 🙂

 

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Photo credits:  Aluminum screen frame for earrings – Lori English.  Earring frame with necklace coat rack and jewelry in cutlery tray – Curbly. Baking tin and teacup jewelry organizers – Paige Smith Designs.  Paper towel/bracelet holder – The Adventures of VAMH.