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.
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.
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.
Make these this weekend and wow your guests with a platter of beautiful, summery deliciousness!
- 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
- 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
- dried pineapple flowers or other cupcake decor of your choice
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and place 24 cupcake liners in 2 muffin trays.
- 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).
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in.
- Fill the cupcake liners with the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and pale.
- 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.
- Add the lmon zest and vanilla extract and mix in. If the mixture is too thick, thin it down with some milk.
- When the cupcakes are cool, pipe/spread the frosting generously over the top and top with a dried pineapple flowers.