Pineapple Cupcake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

As if cupcakes themselves are not delicious enough, they can be even more tantalizing if you know there's a tasty gooey filling inside. Whether you inject it into the cupcake with a pastry bag, or cut a hole in the cake to make space for the addition, sometimes there's nothing better than biting into a cupcake only to find more icing, jam, or some other creamy or fruity mixture hiding inside.

Ah, the sweet taste of pineapple and brown sugar. If you've ever eaten a pineapple upside-down cake, you know there's just something amazing about pairing sweet, juicy pineapple with cake. And the brown sugar frosting gives it a warm, rich flavor that goes nicely with the syrupy goodness of pineapple.

Fortunately for the accident-prone cook, unlike a traditional pineapple upside-down cake, this cupcake doesn't require the stealthy move of flipping the cake over once it's baked. Stick a maraschino cherry on top, and sprinkle it with coconut if you want, and you have a mini homage to one of the most popular dessert recipes of all time.