Hummingbird Cupcakes

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I got the chance to visit my sister this weekend, so we decided to test out these delicious hummingbird cupcakes! I recommend using the recipe to make 12 cupcakes maximum; resist the urge to underfill the muffin tins!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 3 large bananas)

1 tablespoon clover honey

1 cup chopped macademias

1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1/4 cup hot water

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (12-ounce) package white fondant

Gel paste food coloring

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Directions:

Makes 12 cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.

3. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Add sugar, and cream together until well combined, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating slowly after each addition. Add banana and honey and mix on low until well combined. Add pineapple; mix on low until combined. Add 1/2 cup macademias; mix on low until well combined.

5. With the mixer on low, slowly add one-third of the flour mixture, followed by one-third of the hot water. Repeat process twice, alternating flour mixture and hot water, and ending with hot water. Mix until just combined.

6. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 24 to 26 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cupcakes cool completely.

7. Transfer frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a large 5/8-inch round tip. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and set aside.

8. Meanwhile, press your thumb into the center of the fondant to make a well. Place a small amount of food coloring in the well and knead fondant until color is well blended. Continue to add more food coloring to fondant until desired color is achieved. Roll out into a 1/16-inch-thick sheet. Cut out  hummingbirds, flowers, or any desired shape using a molds or cookie cutters.

9. Sprinkle cupcakes with coconut and top each with a fondant shape; serve.

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Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Hummingbird Cupcakes and Ina Garten’s Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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