Happy Easter All! It’s Good Friday and I’m excited to be sharing something yummy with you!
My husband’s family is not big on dessert. They generally don’t have it with a family dinner (GASP! I know). But, every Easter, they have always had pineapple upside-down cake. It’s the one holiday they have a dessert tradition. I thought I would throw a little twist on it for them this year – Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecakes!
When I first took these out of the pans, I was disappointed. I thought they were a huge fail. Turns out, a few hours in the fridge was all they needed! (plus, a little help from the scrumptious hubby and The Enabler with the taste testing)
Pineapple Upside-Down Mini Cheesecakes
1 can pineapple slices, drained
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 box pineapple cake mix and ingredients to prepare
2 – 8oz. packages cream cheese (light is ok)
3/4 cup sugar
jar of maraschino cherries
I used a mini cheesecake pan, but I think this would work better with a muffin tin or even the small individual squares pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter over low heat, add brown sugar and stir over low heat until brown sugar dissolves. Prepare cake mix per instructions on the box. In another bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar. Add one egg at a time mixing on low until combined. Spray the pan with cooking spray.
In each individual opening, place 1 tsp brown sugar and then top with pieces of pineapple (I just broke mine apart to fit). Top with 1 tbsp cheesecake mixture and then 1 tbsp of pineapple cake batter.
You may want to adjust the tbsp or tsp of batters per the size of your pan. Just do not fill them more than 3/4 full. Bake for 23-26 minutes). Remove from oven and cool 10 min. Run a knife around the edge and carefully tip out. Cake should be on the bottom. Once completely cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Before serving, top each with cherries. Makes 36.
Note: You can also make this in a cake pan (9 inch), but I would not add all of the cake batter.
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