i should be mopping the floor: Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes

These Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes are 
the perfect sweet treat to help you stay on track and still feel satisfied.

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.
I'm happy to report I'm still on my weight loss journey...18 months strong, y'all! While I had a five month plateau (yuck) and slight increase over the holidays (double yuck), I'm finally headed downhill again. The last few weeks, I've been consistently loosing good, solid numbers again. I had to tweak my plan a bit to get back on track...but it has been working like a charm. Yee and haw!
Still being able to bake is something that is important to me. I enjoy being in the kitchen and preparing things for the family. But, I'm not one to stay away from those goodies, myself. Skinny baked goodies have become a thing for me. I can still get my baking on, and not blow my plan for the week. Boom.

These Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes are the perfect spin on such a classic treat. The cupcake size makes them perfectly portioned...because, y'all, I stink at cutting a cake into portions. That slice just keeps getting bigger and bigger.


Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.
Be sure to not skimp on the crystallized ginger either...it is to die for in these! The other ingredient that takes these completely over the top is the International Delight Fat Free & Sugar Free Caramel Creme Creamer. It adds the perfect amount of caramel flavor to these babies. {And it's delightful in my coffee every morning, too!}

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes
Serves 12

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salted butter
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup International Delight Fat Free & Sugar Free Caramel Creme Creamer
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a muffin tin by spraying well with nonstick cooking spray.
Stir to combine brown sugar, ginger, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, make sure the butter melts and sugar and ginger dissolves (about 5 minutes). Stir in the pineapple and turn the heat off. Evenly spoon the brown sugar mixture into the muffin cups...I get about 4 pieces of pineapple per cup. Make sure to drizzle all of the sauce out of the pan into the cups. 
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine white sugar, International Delight Fat Free & Sugar Free Caramel Creme Creamer, oil, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl, whisking until incorporated. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, to sugar mixture. Whisk just until incorporated. Do not over-mix.
Add batter mixture evenly to top off the muffin cups (spoon it directly over the pineapple mixture). Bake about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes (removing them from the pan too soon causes the pineapple to come apart from the cake).
Run a butter knife around the edge of the muffin tins to loosen the cupcakes and then remove each one to cool on a wire rack, upside down.
Serve with any additional syrup from muffin tin drizzled over the tops (or bottoms, actually).


Nutritional Information {per serving, 1 cupcake}:
Calories: 190 | Fat: 5g | Carbs: 35g | Sodium: 115 mg | Fiber: 1g | Protein 2g

This recipe was loosely based on a recipe from the cookbook, Comfort Classics: 150 Favorite Home-Style Dishes.


Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.
Caramel Creme, ginger, and pineapple...
what more could you want in a treat, right?!


Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.
I love these served warm. They're so gooey and delicious.
And I feel like they can probably even work for breakfast...I mean they do have fruit, right? I think I just totally justified this. And now I can't wait for breakfast!


Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.


If you're as crazy about delicious creamer as I am, be sure to check out this fun interactive game from International Delight: Hazelnut Blitz. I'm officially addicted, y'all:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.







23 comments:

  1. I am ALL FOR cutting calories when I can. These sound awesome :)

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    1. Yes! It's nice to be able to treat yourself and not have to worry too much about those calories! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oh my goodness, these cakes are divine! I'm a huge pineapple fan, but would have never thought to add creamer!

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    1. It really helps to keep the cakes nice and moist! Thank you bunches for stopping by, Christie!

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  3. That is the creamer I use--WHEN I can find it. It is hit or miss in the stores I shop. I love that it is both fat and sugar free and it tastes soooo good!!!! These mini cakes you made look very good!!

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    1. It does seem to sell out quickly, doesn't it?! I can understand why--it's so yummy! Thank you for the comment, Micki!

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  4. This looks so delicious! I love pineapple, but I hardly ever eat it. I am going to have to fix that, starting with this recipe! :-)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Kristin! The creamer+pineapple combo makes the cakes so moist and delicious!

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  5. Oh that looks so good. I love that you used the creamer in it.

    Michelle F.

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  6. Since they're skinny, I can eat four of them. Right? These sound so incredible, especially with the fat free & sugar free creamer.

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    1. Bwahaha! I like your logic, Melanie!! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Oh yes, yes, yes. I've never had them in individual portions and they sound wonderful with the caramel creme.

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    1. The individual portions really help with staying on track! Thank you bunches for stopping by, Liz!

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  8. Those cupcakes look too good to be 'light.' I love making individual portions for desserts as it is easier for me to keep the calories under control.

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    1. Same here, Laura! I've found that portioning meals and snacks out ahead of time really helps with over indulging!

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  9. Oh, my! These sound so good. Your name for them is amazing! And they look super yummy! Can't wait to try them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi! I hope you enjoy them!

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  10. Oh they sound fantastic. I have never had that creamer before.

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    1. Thank you, Debi! It's a MUST try! It is so delicious--you will love it!

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  12. These sound amazing! I love the individual servings, and they sound incredible. I agree, they are perfect for breakfast! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating the everyday!
    http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2015/02/celebrate-it-blog-party-32.html

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  13. These look and sound really great! Thanks so much for sharing on Tips and Tricks. I hope to see you again this Monday at 7. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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