Pineapple Filled Cupcakes

Pineapple Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes filled with pineapple preserves and topped with cream cheese frosting

My daughter and I went to the post office last night to mail out some cookies.  (Yay for fun cookie swaps btw)  Do you know what we noticed?  Not very many people decorate their houses for Christmas anymore.  On our street there are only 6 houses with out door lights twinkling on their porches.  That may sound like quite a few, until you know that there are at least 50 homes on the 2 blocks of our street.  And we didn’t see very many throughout town as were were driving.  Why are so many people Scrooge McMuffins when it comes to decorating with outdoor lights?  When I was little I can remember house after house decked out for the holidays.  (and I’m not that old)  

Speaking of decorating, do you like cute baking supplies as much as I do?  Something about adorable cupcake liners just makes the cupcakes look that much better.  So of course I jumped at the chance to bake with some new cupcake liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  I loved that the pattern and color was still visible after baking cupcakes in them.  Gotta love these grease proof liners!!!

Guess what?  Shannon has graciously donated a fabulous prize package full of cute Christmas colored baking supplies for today’s giveaway.  All sorts of red, green, and pink goodies will be mailed out to the winner just in time for all your holiday parties.

Pineapple Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes filled with pineapple preserves and topped with cream cheese frosting

Let’s talk about this cupcake recipe for a minute.  A few months ago we were at a carry in dinner at church and I had one of these cupcakes.  They were made by one of the sweetest ladies in our church.  (Hi, Maureen!)  After eating one, I just had to have the recipe.  Of course she graciously wrote it down for me and gave me permission to blog it.  What I love most about these cupcakes is how easy and fast they are to put together.  With all the business of the holiday month, I love having easy cake mix recipes that I can just jazz up with a few extra ingredients.

Pineapple Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes filled with pineapple preserves and topped with cream cheese frosting

My favorite part of these cupcakes is the hidden pineapple preserve center.  Now you can totally get all Martha on me and make homemade preserves, but remember I said I like fast, simple, and easy recipes during busy months.  So I just bought a jar of the Smuckers pineapple preserves and that worked out for me.  Same goes for the candied pineapple on top…feel free to make your own  But they sell it in the store, so I chose to support the pineapple company and just bought it already candied.  That leaves me more time to shop for gifts or put more lights on the outside of my house :-)

Pineapple Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes filled with pineapple preserves and topped with cream cheese frosting

Want more fruit filled desserts on your holiday tables?  Check out these delicious links…

Toffee Apple Pie Cookies from BruCrew Life
Cranberry Bliss Bars from Averie Cooks
White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge from Chocolate, Chocolate and More
Lemon Cheesecake Cake from BruCrew Life

 

 

Pineapple Filled Cupcakes and a Sweets & Treats Boutique Giveaway

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pineapple Filled Cupcakes and a Sweets & Treats Boutique Giveaway

Vanilla cupcakes filled with pineapple preserves and topped with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 vanilla cake mix (16.5 oz.)
1 box vanilla pudding (3.4 oz.)
4 eggs
1 c. water
1/3 c. oil
1/2 c. pineapple preserves
For the Frosting
2 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each)
1/4 c. butter, softened
5 c. powdered sugar

Instructions

    For the Cupcakes
  1. Combine the cake mix, pudding, eggs, water, and oil in a mixing bowl. Beat on low for 1 minute and medium for 2 minutes. Spoon into cupcake liners and bake at 325* for 22 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Scoop out a small spoonful from the center of the cupcakes and fill with pineapple preserves.
  3. For the Frosting
  4. Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all is mixed in. Let chill for 30 minutes. Place in decorator bag and pipe onto cupcakes covering the preserves. Optional: top with candied pineapple if desired
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Sweets and Treats Boutique provided BruCrew Life with liners to review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. Nichole Spencer says

    Thanks for the chance to enter and win! I love making cupcakes. The most recent ones I made were in mid-October and they were homemade pumpkin cupcakes topped with homemade cinnamon nutmeg cream cheese frosting, a drizzle of caramel and a slight sprinkle of sea salt! They were a big hit with family, friends and coworkers.

    • Nichole Spencer says

      But being the Christmas season, I’m thinking a dark chocolate cake with a peppermint buttercream and hot fudge drizzle would be perfect to try out these liners!

  2. says

    What a fun giveaway!! I would definitely bake some red velvet cupcakes in the cute liners. With cream cheese frosting and a little sprinkle of red and green sugar they’d be perfect for a Christmas party! Thanks for the chance to win.

    And those pineapple cupcakes look delish! If you used coconut milk instead water and added some coconut flakes to the batter, OMG! ; )

    ~ Catie
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  3. says

    Ok, I’m a scrooge, but now you’ve made me feel guilty so I’ll dig out the lights and put them up before the weekend. We just stopped putting them up because we hated taking them down again.
    As for the liners, they’d have to have some wonderful muffin in them for Christmas morning!
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  4. says

    yummy!!! my sweethubby is a “scrooge mcmuffin” about the outdoor lights. he has said he would do it if it were important to all of us.. so i guess we are all little scroogie mcmuffins about it? we don’t make a big deal BUT i do have cute trees on my little porch WITH darling lights.. i just don’t always remember to turn them on.

  5. Brandi Davis Bryant says

    I would probably make vanilla and red velvet cupcakes. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  6. andrea macy says

    My favorite cake growing up is pineapple upside down cake . So, this recipe for pineapple cupcakes is definitely on my short list. They look SO yummy and so cute in those cupcake liners. Lovin the chevrons.

    • Jocelyn says

      I was in the mood for something other than my usual chocolate and peanut butter…now it’s out of my system bring on the chocolate:-) And yes those liners are stinkin adorable!!!

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