Friday, August 15, 2008

Hummingbird Cupcakes

It has been a while since I made some cupcakes, so I thought I would make some to take to work before I go off on a 10 day holiday!! We had a couple of bananas starting to go quite brown in the fruit bowl, so I took the opportunity to make hummingbird cakes. Hummingbird cakes are kind of like carrot cakes without the carrots but with bananas and crushed pineapple.

Now, to be honest, I am not entirely sure why I chose to make these, as I while I love fresh pineapple, I don’t like canned pineapple and I particularly don’t like pineapple in cakes or muffins, so these cakes are not really my thing at all. However, these cakes are lovely – the banana and pineapple flavours are quite subtle and the hint of spice is just right.

I used a recipe from the Crabapple Bakery Cupcake book. It is a really simple recipe where you put everything in a bowl and then mix until combined – not beaters needed. I made ¾ of the full recipe and got 24 cupcakes. The icing is cream cheese icing and I made the little flowers a few weeks ago – one cool thing about my cake decorating classes is that while my flowers are not the best looking flowers in the world, they are (in my view) good enough to make my little cupcakes look a little cuter!

This is my last post before we go on holiday – I will be back in a couple of weeks, hopefully a bit more tanned and relaxed!

Hummingbird Cupcakes (Crabapple Bakery)

2 c flour
1 c self raising flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp each cinnamon and ground ginger
2 x 450g cans crushed pineapple (I just used one when I scaled the recipe down to ¾)
2 c brown sugar
1 c coconut
2 c mashed bananas
4 eggs
1 ½ oil (I used rice bran)

· Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, until smooth
· Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 170c for 25 minutes
When cold ice with cream cheese icing


Deb said...

Oh my gosh they look divine. My mouth is watering. Enjoy Rarotonga and make sure you try the raw fish in coconut cream. Yum!!!

PheMom said...

Those look absolutely delicious and darling! Have a fantastic holiday!

Erin said...

These look so pretty! I just love Hummingbird Cake.

Anonymous said...

I felt like reaching through the screen and helping myself to one of these gorgeous cupcakes.Your flowers look pretty good to me Tammy.All the best for a relaxing break in the sun you lucky thing !

Cakelaw said...

These are lovely Tammy - have a great holiday! I went to a cake decorating class by Jennifer Graham of Crabapple on the weekend - she seems like a nice lady.

Anonymous said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh those are so cool !!have been looking for ideas for mums 60th birthday cake think I might do cupcakes and decorate them pretty just like that :D