Hummingbird cakes with Coconut Crust

Let me take a minute to catch my breath! Since Christmas I began a full time job at a sandwich and coffee bar which was kept me busy from 9am-5pm everyday.  Sadly, I haven't had time to sit around and just be, let alone consider baking or blogging.  Sure enough, my Dad started to complain for sweets or cakes and I knew it was time that I focused on my own kitchen for a little bit instead of the one at work! I made these hummingbird cakes with a coconut crust, and I think they will satisfy my family for the time being! They report that their favourite part was definitely the sweet and chewy coconut crust.  I added extra mashed banana for a gooey-pudding like texture; but the recipe below should get you a normal cupcake texture.  Enjoy!  I hope to be back soon!

440g can crushed pinneapple in natural juices or syrup (depending on sweet tooth)
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup mashed banana
2 eggs, beaten lightly
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Ingredients for Coconut crust
3 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten lightly

Preheat oven to 160 degrees fanforced.  Prepare muffin pan. Drain pineapple over a bowl and extract as much syrup as possible. Reserve 1/4 cup of the syrup or juice; this is all you will use.  Sift flours, soda, spices and sugar into large bowl.  Stir in drained pinnepaple, 1/4 cup of syrup/juice, coconut, banana, egg and oil.  Spoon mixture into paper cases; bake 10 minutes.  Meanwhile make coconut crust by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing thoroughly. Spoon on top of cakes evenly and return to oven, baking for about 15 minutes.  Serve lightly dusted with icing sugar, if you like.  I added more mashed banana to my recipe to get a more moist-pudding like texture.


  1. J'adore ces gâteaux, ils ont l'air délicieux!

  2. They look quite delicious and I love coconut. Diane. Don't overdo it!! Diane

  3. Hope you get some time to yourself :) These cakes look delicious! I'm not a fan of coconut but I know a lot of people who are so I'll keep this in mind for them :)

  4. They look really good and the different textures must be quite delicious!

  5. extra mashed banana? i will sure love that! all the best in your job!

  6. These look great - I love anything with coconut

  7. Good luck for your job ! But be sure to keep some extra time for your family ! ;o)

  8. you know what? these would make perfect "nests" for an easter treat! hmm... yummy!

  9. No wonder i haven't seen any recent blogpost from you! Glad you found time to blog about these yummy tarts!

  10. These look amazing! I love the addition of the coconut crust - delish!

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