Food & Cooking · Monday Matters

A Little Surprise for My Coworkers (and a check off my Summer Fun Bucket List!)

I’m not going to lie: training at Starbucks has often left me feeling like my mind was going to explode with all of the information necessary to remember right from the start. It has been hard for me to go from being a confident, competent leader, to starting something completely new. I’ve been feeling pretty vulnerable, which I guess is a good way to grow, but not my favorite way to feel for sure.

Anyway, for the most part my coworkers have been pretty understanding and patient with me as I’ve been learning (and forgetting, and relearning, and making tons of mistakes). So, I decided it might be nice to start the week off with these delicious Pineapple Upside-Down Minis as a sort of thank you to my coworkers.


I was trying to think of what might be good to make when I remembered this recipe from A Beautiful Mess, and then–to top off the greatness of the idea–I remembered making these little lovelies was something on my Summer Fun Bucket List! That’s two birds with one stone πŸ˜‰

I had a lot of the batter left over after making a double batch (after all, we had to test a few to make sure they were suitable for bringing to work!), so after making 24 cupcake-sized delights, I made a little more of the brown sugar, whiskey & butter topping, and drizzled it into a glass bread pan. I also sprinkled in a few extra chunks of pineapple and cherry halves before filling it with the remaining batter.


Not necessarily the prettiest, but I’m sure it’s just as yummy as the cupcakes! (Also, that’s pineapple mango jam I made in the background! Jam Recipe here.)

And so, I now also have a Pineapple Upside-Down Loaf! Yum!!

Have a happy Monday! πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “A Little Surprise for My Coworkers (and a check off my Summer Fun Bucket List!)

  1. Aw, you are so thoughtful! I am sure your co-workers will love the treat, it looks so yummy! They are lucky to have you on the team! I know you’ll be starting to feel confident in no time, hope it’s going better and better every day! Just remember that everyone else at work has been in the exact same place that you’ve been!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I am so glad to hear that from someone who has Starbucks experience! My manager immediately took a picture and hash-tagged it, saying her partners were the best! Then she did a coffee tasting with it pairing it with a French press of Kati Kati πŸ™‚ That made me feel happy. Do you miss having all the Starbucks drinks?

  2. those look delicious! I hope everyone enjoys them and the time you put into making them. and that was a great way to use up the leftover batter. I don’t think I would have thought of making a pineapple upside down loaf.

    1. The funny thing is that I think I ended up liking the loaf better than the cupcakes! A dangerous thing to have hanging around the house πŸ˜‰

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