Wanting to create something new, I took pineapple tidbits and pureed them with their natural juice and about a third of a cup of rum. I incorporated that into my dry ingredients, as well as 3 eggs, one stick of melted unsalted butter, and half a cup of fine sugar. Last but not least, I used about a third cup of carbonated water…..mixed that till it was well incorporated and placed them in a 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.
For frosting, I let 8 oz. of Neufchatel cheese come to room temperature and mixed it with 3 tablespoons of fresh pineapple juice and 1 cup and a half of powdered sugar. Frosted the cupcakes lightly and then just put a little dusting of maple sugar.
Of course I tried one….just had to…and it was good…..