Hummingbird Cupcakes

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

The first time I saw Hummingbird cupcakes was on the Martha Stewart website. They were gorgeous and I loved the idea of a cupcake filled with banana, pineapple and coconut as I just adore these tropical flavours. That was almost 2 years ago. I finally decided to give them a whirl this week and I was not disappointed.

Hummingbird Cupcakes

I adapted the banana cake recipe from my new book and the end result was a beautifully moist, incredibly flavoured cupcake. I used tinned crushed pineapple (with all its liquid) which kept everything moist and the coconut added just the right amount of texture.

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes

I topped the cupcakes with a lemony cream cheese frosting and dried pineapple flowers which might require a little effort but the end result is so beautiful (and delicious) that I will make these again and again. You simply slice a peeled pineapple into thin rounds and allow to dry out in a low oven for approximately an hour before placing them into a muffin tray to allow the edges to curl up, for another 30 minutes in the oven. Keep an eye on them as they colour quickly. The pineapple flavour intensifies and the crisp, almost chip-like texture is out-of-this-world delicious.

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Make these this weekend and wow your guests with a platter of beautiful, summery deliciousness!

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Baking, Dessert, Baked Goods
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g sugar
  • 200ml plain yoghurt
  • 100g butter, room temperature
  • 200g mashed banana (approximately 4 small bananas)
  • 1x 400g (approximate weight) tin crushed pineapple (with juice)
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 250g flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
for the lemon cream cheese frosting
  • 100g plain cream cheese, room temperature
  • 250g butter, room temperature
  • 400g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp milk
to decorate
  • dried pineapple flowers or other cupcake decor of your choice
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and place 24 cupcake liners in 2 muffin trays.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs,vanilla, sugar, yoghurt, butter, banana, pineapple (and all its juice) and coconut and beat well until the mixture is relatively smooth and thick (approximately 2 minutes).
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners with the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and pale.
  7. Add the icing sugar and beat until the mixture is thick (you want it to be able to pipe/spread easily). If it's too thin, add more icing sugar.
  8. Add the lmon zest and vanilla extract and mix in. If the mixture is too thick, thin it down with some milk.
  9. When the cupcakes are cool, pipe/spread the frosting generously over the top and top with a dried pineapple flowers.
 

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://rumtumtiggs.co.za tami

    Just the description and ingredients list of the recipe is making my mouth water. Yum Alida! Thanks for sharing. Will definately be making it soon xx

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Thanks Tami. I hope you enjoy them!

  • gloeiwurmpie

    Wow! these look amazing! Just a quick question: Where did you get the black papercups? I stay in Centurion…Thank you!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      I can’t remember where I bought them but the Baker’s Bin in Lyttleton should have. :)

      • gloeiwurmpie

        Thank you! I believe that presentation is always important. These would just not look as stunning without the black in my opinion.

  • http://www.eatwithemma.com Emma

    I agree with Tami, my mouth is watering!

  • http://pinkpolkadotfood.com Zirkie

    Wow, klink heerlik en lyk pragtig!!

  • Bonbon

    Wish this could be converted into US measurements.

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      If you’d like to convert, simply use an online converted.

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