Friday, October 10, 2014

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Anyone remember the hummingbird cake that I made a few months ago?

Just thought you might need a little memory jogger.  :)

Anyway, it was a big hit in this house.  We ALL really liked this fruity, moist cake.

After all, it was stuffed full of bananas and pineapple and pecans and coconut - what's not to like?

I decided it was time to make a more portion controlled version of the delicious cake.  (You get my drift?)  This version came from the  I put my own little spin on her recipe and it's slightly different from my cake version but I really liked these a lot.  

Hummingbird Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 & 1/3 cups mashed banana (2 to 3 large bananas)
2/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained (about half of a 20-ounce can)
2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
1 & 1/3 cups granulated sugar
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs

12 ounces cream cheese
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard-size muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

In another bowl, stir together the banana, pineapple, walnuts; set aside.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue beating until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Add the banana mixture to the egg mixture, beating until combined.

Stir in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula.

Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each three-quarters full.

Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

 Combine frosting ingredients in mixer and frost cupcakes.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

So what do you think? Coconut or no coconut?  Pecans or walnuts?  I want to hear your opinion.


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