Posted by: Annie
Craving warmer weather anyone? Despite growing up on the Jersey Shore* I am not the biggest fan of what is considered "beach" weather, but I am definitely sick of twenty-degree mornings, panty-hose and close-toed shoes. These cupcakes remind me of the lovely spring time weather that I am craving. When I saw them on Annie's Eats, I immediately fell in cupcake love with the ingredients and the name - Hummingbird Cupcakes. The pineapple and banana flavors mixed with coconut are out of this world, and become addictive when topped with a rich cream cheese frosting.
*(Disclaimer: it is nothing like the show people- I only Snooki poof my hair for special occasions)
What you will need:
For the Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
11 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups mashed ripe banana (approximately 3 medium-sized)
2/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional- I omitted)
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
For the frosting:
8 oz cream cheese
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the mashed banana. With the electric mixer on low speed, slowly mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Using a spatula fold in the pineapple, nuts and coconut.
Fill the liners until 3/4 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick entered in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for approximately 10 minutes then remove and cool completely on wire racks.
To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on high speed beat until the cream cheese and butter are well combined and smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar, initially on slow speed, and then increase the speed until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes. Garnish with coconut if desired.
Source: Annie's Eats