This pineapple flower tutorial is by our contributor Shayna…These beautiful pineapple flowers are pretty easy to make and make a great garnish for a spring or tropical cake or cupcakes. The only ingredient is a pineapple!
Making a Pineapple Flower:
Make sure you get a pineapple that is not over ripe. You need the slices to not fall apart!
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
Cut the top off the pineapple.
Using a very sharp knife remove the peel from the pineapple. Don’t worry about they little brown “eyes”left behind because you are going to remove them in the next step.
Once your pineapple is peeled grab a small melon baller or whatever small tool you have around that will remove the eyes. I found the end of a vegetable peeler worked perfectly. Go around the entire pineapple and remove all of the eyes. This will give the slices a nice petal effect.
Grab that sharp knife again and start to slice your pineapple. You want to slice it as thin as possible.
Place your pineapple slices on a cookie sheet lined with a silicon liner or parchment paper. Now take a paper towel and blot each slice to remove a little of the moisture. Cook for 30 minutes and then carefully turn the slices over and cook for another 30 minutes. Your slices may take less time or they make take longer. It really depends on the thickness of the slices, the moisture content and how hot your oven is (since each oven is a little different). Just keep an eye on them and make sure the ends aren’t getting too brown. They will be done when they don’t feel wet at all when you touch them.
Remove the slices from the oven and place each one inside a muffin tin to give your flower some shape.
Let them sit for several hours (overnight is best). You can then use these pineapple flowers to top these delicious Pina Colada Cupcakes by Mommy Outside The Box.