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Monday, August 3, 2009

Humming Scooters

Yayyy Civic long weekend! What did you do? We did a day trip to Buffalo, celebrated a couple's new house and engagement (congratulations again Kurt & Diana), and I made cupcakes.

Hummingbird cupcakes! I was missing pecans from this recipe, so I don't know if that makes it less of a Hummingbird? Hopefully not! Oh, and one more change to the recipe. I didn't have enough sugar. I know, me without a fully stocked bag of sugar? So, instead of 2 cups of sugar, I did brown sugar and granulated sugar. The result? A not so overly sweet cake that balanced with the sweet frosting pretty well.

Above left, going clockwise: Cream cheese frosting on Hummingbird Cupcakes; fresh from the oven; cupcake batter; batter up for the oven!

I did manage to crack myself up while cracking the eggs. I attempted to do it one-hand style like the chefs on television. I did it once before and thought I could do a repeat performance. Nope. I think I'll stick to two-hands egg cracking from now on.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from the amazing Chockylit
(Makes about 24 cupcakes)

3 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, with liquid
2 mashed bananas
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and have all ingredients at room temperature. Also have your cupcake liners and pans ready.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt in a good sized bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs.
  4. Add oil and vanilla to the beaten eggs and mix until somewhat combined.
  5. Add egg/oil/vanilla mixture to flour/sugar/baking soda/cinnamon/salt mixture.
  6. Mix together the pineapples and bananas.
  7. Add the pineapples/bananas with the previous mixture and mix well.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden and a cake tester comes out clean.

The cupcakes are in between a cupcake and a muffin. I can see this being very good for breakfast, especially if they're fresh from the oven. They smell very much like banana cakes to me, perhaps my 2 mashed bananas were larger in size? It also has a nice chewy texture from the bananas. Yumm.

Cream Cheese Frosting
(Makes enough for about 24 cupcakes)

3 cups of icing sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 package of cream cheese
1 stick of butter
  1. Cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add in the icing sugar and mix. Include the vanilla extract.
  3. Add in the cream cheese and mix until smooth.

I also made two small scooters out of fondant. Yes, two. I am insane sometimes. A yellow one and a red one. My mom randomly gave me the fruit to accessorize my photoshoot. Please note, the only fruits in this cupcake are bananas and pineapples!

I would like to dedicate the yellow one to the Scootabaker!
Her shout-out on twitter and her blog made it so worth it!

The red one goes to Jen and everyone else who loves scooters. <3


  1. I could not be more in love with my little yellow fondant scooter!!!! You really made my whole month! You know I'm forwarding this post to everyone!!!!

    Much love & many thanks A.B.C. !!!!!

    <3 Heather

  2. The Scootabaker,

    Eeeee!! =D

    No problem! I'm so so glad that you like it!!!! It was fun to make and I'm glad it turned out right!


  3. These are so cute!!! I'll bet getting the right shape for the scooters was pretty challenging(?) I once tried to make motorcycle decorated cookies... ack!- machines with all their wee little details can be so difficult!
    Yours look fabulous!

  4. I adore hummingbird cake! These look SOOOOO good!!!!!!

  5. maventheavenger aka jamie - Thank you!

    Monica H - Thank you!

    Marian - I know! If only I knew how to make my own cookie cutters! Getting all those curves took some time to figure out. After the first one, it was a breeze! Good thing I only made 2!

    Jennifer - Thanks! =)

  6. I just made the Hummingbird cake. This is a great variation.

    Your scooters are the cutest.

  7. Hahaha! So funny! Looks delicious!

  8. Sweet and Savory - Thank you! I'm glad the recipe worked well for you too!

    Talita - Thanks! =)

  9. The scooters are so adorable! You're really talented with the fondant!!

  10. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] - Thank you!

  11. I realize I'm a bit tardy in commenting, but I found this recipe through FoodGawker a few months ago, and it has quickly become one of my most requested cupcake flavors. I use fresh pineapple, guess how much to put in and then throw it in the blender with the bananas so everything is nice and smooth. King Arthur Flour's cake enhancer does wonders, especially if you sift it with the dry ingredients and then let the cake batter set a while before baking. Thank you for the great recipe!

  12. Sara Jane - Not tardy at all, thank you for writing to us with such kind words! =)