September 1, 2011

hummingbird cupcakes

Photo by Ashley Evanson

Going to the cupcake isle at Orson Gygi is dangerous. I ended up buying like ten different prints of cupcake wrappers, and now I have to make cupcakes to fill them all.

These hummingbird cupcakes taste more like a really sweet breakfast muffin, but they are SOOO pretty. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to dry the pineapples.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
from Martha Stewart
Makes 24 cupcakes 

    3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    2 cups sugar
    3 large eggs
    2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
    1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
    1 cup chopped walnuts, or pecans
    1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    Dried Pineapple Flowers

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.with rack in center. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, vanilla, and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

    In a medium bowl, stir together banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to egg mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in flour mixture.

    Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes.

    Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with dried pineapple flowers, if desired. Serve at room temperature.


  1. Can you tell me how you dry a pineapple slice?

  2. Grace, of course. I dried them in cupcake tins in the oven on low heat for a few hours. Be patient because they do take a while to dry. Hope this helps!


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