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Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Ingredients:

Directions:

Melt sugar and earth balance in a DRY sauce pan over medium heat, stirring only when necessary. The presence of water, even a drop, can make your sugar seize and become gross. When sugar mixture bubbles up, remove from heat. It should cool and look (and taste!) like a caramel sauce, because thatís what it is!

Filling a Mini Pineapple Upsidedown CakeWhile the sauce is cooling, prepare your cake mix. If youíre making one large cake (like 9″), pour all the caramel in the bottom. 2-3 tablespoons worth of sauce is perfect for mini cakes. Arrange pineapple rings on the bottom, and fill their center with cherries. You can decorate the sides of the pan, too.

Filling a Mini Pineapple Upsidedown CakePour in your batter, being careful not to dislodge the pineapple slices. If youíre using a springform pans, you might want to cover the outside in foil or bake them on a cookie sheet. My caramel sauce dripped out during the first few minutes and left a mess on the bottom of my oven. Bake for as long as your cake recipe tells you too Ė mini cakes will be done between 18-25 minutes at 350ļF.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Remove rings (if springform) or run a knife around the outside (if regular cake dish) and invert onto a serving plate. Itís easiest to put the plate on top, upside-down, then invert the whole shabang and remove the pan. Serve warm, but really, theyíre just as good room temperature.¬ Definitely unmold them while they are warm, since the cooler the sugar gets, the harder itíll be to get them out of the pans.

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