From my Easter dessert inspirations, I decided to make cupcakes topped with pineapple flowers, as I had seen on Pinterest:
It looked really cool so I decided to give it a try. The site did not have any additional instructions so I had to figure it out some remaining details. I took a regular pineapple and cut off the top and sides.
Then I sliced the pineapple, sprinkled it with sugar, and placed it on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. The pineapple needed to be sliced thicker than I originally imagined, because they shrink a lot while baking.
I baked the pineapple at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Next, I put the pineapple slices in a muffin tin, to create the curved flower shape, and baking for about 15-20 minutes more (I forgot to take a picture of this step). I had the pineapple in the oven while my cupcakes were baking so luckily I didn’t have to run my oven too much extra.
Once baked, I used the dried pineapple to top the cupcakes I had made.
Too be honest, I’m not crazy with how it looked, so I decided to make them a little more flower like but topping the pineapple with a cherry to act like the center of a flower.
Since I like to be transparent with you guys, I’ll say that I thought the pineapple flowers looked cute, but weren’t cute enough to justify the extra time and half a pineapple they took up. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t get mine to look as flower-y as the original photo, but I wanted to share how mine turned out since I posted the inspiration photo last week. The actual cupcakes were delicious though, I used Bakerella’s recipe for mini-cheesecakes which is a big favorite of mine.
What do you think of the pineapple flowers? Worth the trouble of trying again? How was your Easter? What did you end up making?