Hummingbird Cupcakes

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Hummingbird_Cupcakes_2It’s time for another virtual party!  If you missed the other parties, a virtual party is when a group of blogger friends choose a day to write about a recipe that we would have brought to a real-life get together.  And, the only thing keeping us from a real-life party is that we live far apart from one another.  🙁

Today, Kelsey is hosting a shower for Amy, from Sing for Your Supper, as she is expecting her first baby – it’s a girl!  Amy’s blog has been one of my favorites for a few years now.  She is an opera singer who resides in Texas, and seems like a gal that I would hang out with all-of-the-time if we lived nearby.  Because she lives in the south and because she is a singer, I chose to make this traditional southern cake, Hummingbird Cupcakes.  Get it?  Humming, a form of singing?  😉

Hummingbird_Cupcakes_5Moist, sweet and carrot cake-like is the first description that came to mind when I took my first bite.  Minus the actual carrots, of course.  Ben especially liked these, which didn’t surprise me because carrot cake is his favorite.  Judah ate two of these in one setting – I was in an especially good mood that day for letting him, I guess.  I even had one for breakfast!

If you choose to top these with the dried pineapple flowers, they create such a lovely (and girly!) presentation for any special event, or maybe a Mother’s Day gift.  In fact, a friend of mine is considering having these served at her wedding, which I think is a fabulous idea and very fitting with her particular theme.  Alternatively, you can dress them down by eliminating the flower and instead topping with only the frosting, and maybe additional pecans. (Do you say, “pee-CAN” or “PEE-can” or “peh-CAHN”?)  🙂

Hummingbird_Cupcakes_4I’m only including the recipe for the cake and frosting, and will let you visit Annie’s blog (who is also participating in the shower today) for detailed instructions on how to make the dried pineapple flowers.  No sense in me redoing what she has already perfectly done.

Make sure you check out all of the other fabulous desserts for this shower.  A full round-up can be viewed on Amy’s and Kelsey’s blogs.

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 servings

Serving Size: 1 cupcake

Hummingbird Cupcakes

    For the cupcakes:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened is fine)
  • For the frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • dried pineapple flowers, for topping (optional)
For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In another large bowl, beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the mashed banana. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just wet. Fold in the pineapple, nuts (optional), and coconut with a spatula or wooden spoon until evenly mixed.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until passes the toothpick test. Let cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and then turn the mixer to low. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high. Beat until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired, then top with optional pineapple flowers.

Source: Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats, cake originally from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes, frosting originally from Confections of a Foodie Bride

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  1. WOW! I love the pineapple flower on top. Gorgeous to look at…. The yellow is the perfect hue for my mood right now…. might have to give these cupcakes a spin. 🙂

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, and a very clever little tie-in to the shower! Oh, and I say peh-CAHN 🙂

  3. These look perfect! Too beautiful to eat!!

  4. Put me down for ‘peh-CAHN’ too! 🙂 These are SO beautiful, Nikki, and SO perfect for today! Thank you so much for doing this for me- you are such a sweet friend!

  5. Totally gorgeous!! The pineapple flowers always brings that extra ooh-la-la touch. I’m going to admit that I say peh-CAHNs! haha.

  6. Thank you for bringing such a sweet and stunning dessert to Amy’s shower. Hummingbird cupcakes are so delicious and the pineapple flowers really make them so special. Just like Annie, I say peh-CAHN.

  7. The cupcakes are so beautiful! (And I say peh-CAHN)

  8. These are absolutely STUNNING pictures! Your cupcakes turned out amazing and what a great way to celebrate a new baby girl!

  9. Simply gorgeous, Nikki! I could eat one right now…

    Oh, and it’s always peh-CAHN. 🙂

  10. Beautiful cupcakes! I used to make hummingbird cake every week at a cafe where I worked during college. And the pineapple flowers are stunning – will check Annie’s blog for the instructions.

  11. Absolutely breathtaking! Can’t wait to taste this one of these days when you fix it for me, Nikki!

  12. Those pineapple flowers are stunning! They ALMOST make the cupcakes look too pretty to eat. But they’re cupcakes…of course they have to be eaten 🙂

    Congrats to Amy!

  13. Beautiful job!

  14. These are so perfect for a baby shower, and the pineapple flowers you made look gorgeous! I say peh-CAHN, but a lot of people here in Virginia say it the other way.

  15. these are absolutely beautiful!

  16. These are beautiful cupcakes ~ the pineapple flowers are a brilliant idea and make an outstanding presentation for such a special occassion.

  17. I love the flowers, and humming bird cake is something I have always wanted to bake too, but some how got posponed…must bake it soon, yours looks so lovely!

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