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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

I was hesitant to make these cupcakes…well, actually anything that had the word “cake” in it.  Clearly, I’ve had a few disasters in the cake department, but still, I was determined to clear the slate, and rebuild my reputation as a cake-maker.  These cupcakes were so yummy, and apart from the pineapple flowers, they were pretty easy to make – I would definitely recommend them!

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes – Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to egg mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in flour mixture.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

INGREDIENTS

Makes 3 cups.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add butter, beating until incorporated.
  2. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

Dried Pineapple Flowers

INGREDIENTS

Makes about 2 dozen.

2 large or 4 small pineapples, peeled

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Using a small melon baller, remove and discard pineapple “eyes.” Using a sharp knife, cut pineapple crosswise into very thin slices. Transfer slices to baking sheets. Bake until tops look dried, about 30 minutes. Flip slices; bake until completely dried, 25 to 30 minutes more. Pinch center of each pineapple slice to shape into a cone, and let cool in a clean egg carton to form flowers. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days.
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