Oh it is that time of the week to entice our sweet tooth, and what better way than by the ultimate dessert craze the cupcake. Let's face it no matter where you may go now there are cupcake boutiques popping up all over. Just forget about the line to get in most, and the cost in some place can be up to almost $5 for the little treat. Who was thinking that these were just for kiddie parties. Forget the big cakes with the buttercream frosting, these little treats are something to behold.
Now we all know that McGarrett loves buttercream (and several people have hit the ground) but not all frosting is made of buttercream, shocking I know. Baking is also not as frightening as everyone thinks it is. The one thing you should remember is the fact that sticking to the measurements is the important piece, do that and you nail it.
I have such faith in this mission that I think that McGarrett and Chin Ho can really pull this off. Seriously simple recipe for that topical Hawaiian feel, whether you live on the island or wish you did (like yours truly). I even think the boys will impress themselves they will have to share with the world.
5 oz crushed pineapple drained reserve juice
12 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1- 1/2 cups flour
1- 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp of reserved pineapple juice
4 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup cream cheese, softened
grated rind of a lemon or lime
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup toasted coconut (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare muffin tins.
- Combine butter and sugar with electric beater until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, flour and baking powder. Fold in pineapple and pineapple juice.
- Spoon into prepared pans and bake until golden brown (20 mins).
- Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the rind and the sifted confectioners sugar. Gradually beat in the lemon or lime juice until desired consistency.
- When cupcakes are cooled off, proceed to ice them, sprinkle with toasted coconut if using. Then keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.