Entertaining Appetizers: Pineapple Cheesecake Cupcakes in StayBrite® Baking Cups

Utokia Langley Utokia Langley

Entertaining Appetizers: Pineapple Cheesecake Cupcakes in StayBrite® Baking Cups

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While I love being a Super Mom, it is mandatory that I never lose myself!  Sometimes in life moms get so caught up in caring for their families that they forget to care for themselves.  So I take time to go to the gym, go to the hair salon and just enjoy being me.  One of the best ways I’ve been able to be me and enjoy life is during Girlz Night Out!  Every few months, I coordinate Girlz Night Out for my friends to get together and talk about life, go to a movie, eat great food and just lean on each other for support.  Well the next Girlz Night Out is going to be a Girlz Night “In” and I plan on serving some great appetizers and desserts for the beautiful women in my life!  I wanted something really special and it hit me BAM POW KABOOM – why not pineapple because it is way sweet just like my friends!  I knew I wanted something portion controlled so a cupcake was the perfect size!  Then there was the theme – when I saw the pink and blue Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups it hit me – this is going to be a “Girly Jean Night” so we’d wear pink tops and blue jeans. After all, what is a theme without colors?!?  I knew the Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups would hold its color after baking so all I had to do was buy some pink forks ~ HA!  I also love the way the Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups are so much firmer than other baking cups.  They are lined with, what else, but Reynolds Wrap® Foil! This helps keep the liquids from the baking batter from seeping through the liner, but it also helps to mold the cupcake -- especially when you are making a cream cheese cupcake that has no cake or crust up the sides!  The cupcakes turned out delicious and beautiful.  I know our Girlz Night In will be just as wonderful!  Remember being a Super Mom is GREAT but never forget to treat yourself like the FABULOUS gem that you are!

PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE CUPCAKE

INGREDIENTS FOR GRAHAM CRUST:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
¾ stick melted butter
INGREDIENTS FOR CHEESECAKE:
2 8oz. packages of cream cheese (softened)
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2 eggs (beaten)
INGREDIENTS FOR PINEAPPLE TOPPING:
1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ stick butter
INGREDIENTS FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup confectionate sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

EQUIPMENT:
12 Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups
Baking tin
Mixing bowls
Hand mixer

READY, SET GO:

1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees

2. Line baking tin with Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups

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3. To make the graham crust, in a bowl with a whisk gently whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and granulated sugar

4. Press the graham crust ¼ up the baking cups and set aside

5. To make the cheesecake, in a bowl with a hand mixer on medium mix the cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and eggs until smooth

6. Pour cream cheesecake mixture in Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups (about ¼ filled)

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7. Place cupcakes in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, when done remove from oven and allow to completely cool inside baking tin

8. While the cupcakes are baking make the pineapple topping by adding the drained crushed pineapple, brown sugar and unsalted butter to a medium sauce pan over high heat, stir and allow to come to a boil, once at a boil turn heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes and then set aside

9. Once cupcakes and pineapple topping are cooled, add pineapple topping to the top of the cupcakes and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes

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10. To make the whipped cream, in a mixing bowl add the heavy whipping cream, confectionate sugar and vanilla extract and mix with hand mixer on medium for 2-3 minutes or until the whipped cream forms peaks

11. Top the cupcakes with whipped cream, ENJOY and LOVE  YOUR FABULOUS SELF!!

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For more cupcake inspiration, check out ReynoldsKitchens.com.

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby