Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review Number 2

foryourpostsfrom Gooseberry Patch’s Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes.  I really intended to wait a few days between reviews but these cupcakes were so wonderful I just couldn’t wait!! They are easy, delicious and just adorable!

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Don’t you agree? Just beautiful!  And they were a hit. The kids LOVED them.  And yes, I made a gluten free version just for me.  You will find info on that at the end of this post.  Before I get to the recipe, I just want to say I LOVE this cookbook.  I am not kidding when I tell you I have trouble deciding which recipe to review because they are all so appealing.  And on top of the great recipes, I really appreciate the baking tips as well as the helpful equivalency charts in the back.  And I love the double spiral bound style ~ very sturdy! Thanks to Vickie and Jo Ann for another great book and thanks to all those who contributed :)

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

  • 20 ounce can pineapple chunk, drained and 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Garnish: maraschino cherries

Pat pineapple dry with paper towels.  In a bowl, combine brown sugar and melted butter, divide evenly into 12 greased muffin cups.  Arrange pineapple chunks over brown sugar mixture.  In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Mix in softened butter and reserved pineapple juice; beat for 2 minutes.  Beat in egg.  Spoon batter over pineapple, filling each cup 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Place a wire rack on top of muffin tin and invert cupcakes onto rack so pineapple is on top.  Cool completely and top with a cherry.  Makes one dozen.



Now as promised…


Can’t wait to share the next one…it’s lovely!  In case you haven’t entered to win a copy of this lovely cookbook here’s how from an earlier post:

Entering to win is super simple.  After every recipe review you can leave a comment so there will be three chances for you to get your name in.  Sound good so far?  Yeah, I thought so :) I love this little gem! When I signed on as an Early Bird Reviewer I agreed to test 2-3 recipes from each book.  Well that proved harder than I thought!  How was I going to pick JUST 2-3??? But I managed and you will love them.  They passed my recipe trial with flying colors AND the taste test of my panel of experts! Then on January 11, 2011 I will pick a winner!  YAY!

Happy Baking Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on January 11, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of 101 Cookie, Cupcake & Brownie Recipes.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends!  Now leave me a comment and get your name in!

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How absolutely DELICIOUS! I would be SO blessed to win this cookbook and add it to my humble Gooseberry Patch collection:) My siblings would love me for it too!


Thank you for this delicious looking recipe! Can’t wait to try it.
I would also love to win this cookbook and add it to my collection!

Stacy Marie

This recipe sounds wonderful. I love, love, love the presentation! My parents used to make this all the time when I was kid. It reminds me of home….and I always loved the presentation of the pineapple when it was turned over…Yum.
I’d love to win this giveaway for it would be my FIRST in the Gooseberry Patch Collection. Keep on baking.

Maureen McCarthy

I love Gooseberry Patch! This recipe looks delish! Would love to win:) mehoye(at) verizon (dot) net.

Cathy Beaman

Would LOVE to win this cookbook to add to my collection!


Oh that looks so yummy!! I would love to win this cookbook, my kids & I would have loads of fun! Thanks so much!


Oh those look so yummy! Gooseberry makes the best cookbooks I would love to win this!!!

Anita Parker

These sound absolutely yummy! I would love to win this cookbook! I would love sharing these great treats with my friends and family!

Ok..this is absolutly looking nummmy…. I have made pineapple upside down cakes, but making them in a muffin tin and the ingredients are good..especially substituting the flour for the gluten free mix….this is a must try….thank you for sharing…

Great recipe! So delicious!!


Soooo delicious and scrumptuous!!!! I would absolutely love to have this cookbook! Another great one for my grandchildren and I to cook from!


Though I am new to the Gooseberry Patch, I am really enjoying all the recipes. I love the gluten free ideas too. I cook for several kids at my church with food allergies and sensitivities. This will help greatly! Thank you.

Melanie McClendon

I love the idea of Gluten free recipes. This one looks great for those of us trying to watch our weight but still wanted good treats! The size is just perfect!



These look absolutely wonderful!!! I can’t wait to try these, I wished I had SMELL-vision right now!! TASTE-vision would een be better!!!

Kelly Massman

This is fabulous! I can’t wait to try this recipe for a shower party! My friend is starting a small bakery. She would love this book!

Sarah Stanley

Pineapple upside-down cake is my fav, can’t wait to try these!! I so hope to win the book.

Connie Peterson

My 14-year old granddaughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year and we have struggled to find tasty alternatives for her. These look wonderful, and since she loves Pineapple Upside Down Cake, I know that they will be a big hit. Thank you!

Kathy Jacob
Glaphre Braswell

The Pineapple Upside Down cupcakes look yummy! My husband loves pineapple upside down cake. So I will have to make the cupcakes for my husband. :)

Carla Beason

The Pineapple upside down cupcakes looks delicious. Just one thing can they be made with self-rising flour. Thats all I have right now I sure would like to try some soon. thanks Carla


Those cupcakes look amazing and I would love to win a copy of the book to see what other great recipes are in there. Thank you. Kathy

No guarantees but leave off the leaving and it should be fine.

Susan Vosmik

Those look absolutely scrumptious!!!


Looks yummy. Can’t wait to try them.


What a great idea. If all of the recipes are like the ones you’ve reviewed… this is going to be one of my favorite Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.


I would love to win this terrific cookbook!


I would have the same problem only choosing a few things to make!

Cortney Menendez

I have a wonderful recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake and I love it! But to have the same in a cupcake is fabulous!!! I also love Gooseberry Patch – I found out last week that my Mom’s recipe from my Grandfather for his Cowboy Biscuits is being published in an upcoming Gooseberry Patch cookbook! We are very excited! :)

Deana Osborne

I would love to add this cookbook to my collection. My 3 year old son and I are always baking good treats. He loves helping me in the kitchen! I can’t wait to win the book. If not, I can’t wait to find it at our store that sells Gooseberry Patch books.

Susan – Thank you! I have a dear, dear friend who will love this goody. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic


These look fabulous! I would love to win this cookbook. I have never met a Gooseberry Patch cookbook I didn’t love!

I tried this recipe and all my family made me promise to make it at least once a month.Great recipe!

Lynne Binkley

I love pineapple upside down cake. we make it in a black iron skillet.

This was one of my favorite cakes when I was a kid…what a cute cupcake. Thank you for posting a gluten free version!

LeAnna Sisco

Would love to have this in my kitchen and get baking!!!!!


My family loves pineapple upside down cake! Thanks for sharing your review and the recipe!

Rita Stroup

This recipe sounds fabulous!! What a nice idea for a shower or get-together. I am going to share the gluten-free version with my daughter-in-law who has many food allergies. ‘Twould love to win this cookbook. I have often perused Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks at Cracker Barrel Restaurant Gift Shops and buy them for friends but have never bought any for myself though I drool over them and would love to be able to. I just love family favorites and home-tested winners. Thanks for this wonderful adaption of an old favorite.