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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LOST Pinapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Week 6.5

My quest to "make things that taste good", I think, can be indirectly tied to this season's LOST which airs on Tuesday nights. Our friend, Slugger started coming over every Tuesday night to watch LOST with us, therefore giving my husband the excuse to make a fancy dinner and myself the excuse to make new cupcake. However, this past Sunday was the finale of LOST. Because we were so excited for the finale and because we will miss the show dearly we decided to honor it with a theme dinner and dessert.

First, while doing our theme-dinner shopping at the store we got a little side tracked and bought a coconut. I don't like coconut but neither Morgan or the kids had ever tried it fresh and we thought it would be fun. It was definitely fun...we bought what they call a 'Quick-Crack' coconut with pre-scored lines on which to crack it open...but we still couldn't get it open. To be clear, the picture below is of Morgan working on the coconut with a wrench.

The dinner was fabulous. Braised Boar with Dharma Initiative Baked Beans...alright it was pork shoulder and the baked beans did not come out of a can, nor do I think anyone on the island ever got to have a piece of homemade cornbread, but it was the best we could do. None of us really wanted to eat an imaginary jar of peanut butter.

The cupcakes for the night's event, Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes, were also kind of a stretch because I'm pretty sure no one on the island ever ate a pineapple either (although I must say I'm surprised they never found any pineapple after so many years on a tropical island). But I think I made up for the inconsistency with props. Cute huh?

The cupcake turned out great. i used canned pineapple and wished it had a stronger pineapple taste, a little more tart and sour would have been nice, but the were great all the same. I really liked the caramelized brown sugar that coated the top and made the pineapple stick to the cake. I also made a vanilla whipped cream on the side to add a little something extra special to the cupcake. I made these cupcakes in an extra-large cupcake pans, so they looked a little overwhelming but they were just so pretty you had to look past it. I would make these again, but probably in the smaller pans.

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Because I love LOST.


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