Saturday, July 03, 2010

PINEAPPLE HIBISCUS CUPCAKES


Australian Women's Weekly books are always a source of inspiration and this recipe came from The Complete Book of Cupcakes. I seem to be in cupcake mode again............

The flowers are made from thinly sliced pineapple slices which have been coated in sugar syrup and dried in the oven. I think the flowers are really pretty.

The pineapple carrot cake recipe they gave for the cupcakes wasn't great and I think a lemon sponge cake recipe to fill 12 cupcakes would be a better option, then simply top with lemon cream cheese frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

30g unsalted softened butter, 80g softened cream cheese, 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind, 240g icing sugar, lemon juice

1. Beat the butter, cream cheese and rind in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, gradually beat in the sifted icing sugar. Add enough lemon juice to make a soft frosting.

Pineapple Flowers:

1 tablespoon caster sugar, 1 tablespoon water, 12 wafer thin slices fresh pineapple

1. Preheat the oven to 120°C/100°F Fan. Stir the sugar and water together in a small saucepan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, boil 1 minute.
2. Brush both sides of the pineapple slices with the sugar syrup. Place the slices in a single layer on wire racks over oven trays.
3. Dry pineapple in oven for about 1 hour. Immediately remove the slices from the rack to prevent sticking.
4. Carefully shape into flowers by pinching the centre of each slice, dry over an upturned egg carton.

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16 comments :

Kath said...

What fantastic pineapple flowers. I will have to try making these. Do they taste as good as they look or are they for decoration purposes only.

Margaret said...

I had mixed results when it came to eating the flowers! Some we could eat, others we couldn't.

Janice said...

Love, love love the pineapple topping. Pity to hear they are not all worth eating.

Sophie said...

What afantastic looking cupcakes!!

The pineapple flowers look so special & wonderful at the same time too!

The Caked Crusader said...

Love the flowers - you've done a fab job.
Funny how we've both gone for pineapple this week!

Maria♥ said...

Wow these cupcakes are gorgeous, love the pineapple flowers!

Maria
x

pigpigscorner said...

what a great idea! They are beautiful!

Choclette said...

Your flowers are amazing Margaret> not sure I'd have the patience, but sort of thinking I ought to try.

LexEat! said...

So pretty! Do you think the flowers would work with other fruits? Would look good to have lots of colours.

Margaret said...

LexEat - I don't know if the flowers would work with other fruits. Now you have asked, I think I should try and find out.

Juliana said...

Oh! Lovely cupcakes, the pineapple flowers are just awesome...nicely done :-)

Lucie said...

These are wonderful Margaret! So pretty.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Hey, I've got that book too! Absolutely beautiful cupcakes, they are so so pretty! Sorry the cake wasn't as good as it looked.
Have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

Hazel said...

These look absolutely beautiful! And the flavour combo sounds amazing, I love flowers!

Gloria said...

O MG Margaret these cupcakes look awesome and delicious! Love them! gloria

christine said...

These are lovely cupcakes Margaret. I'll tell my friends about this. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

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