Thursday, April 26, 2012

pineapple express cupcakes

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i love pink and brown.
i love pink frosted cupcakes.
this post & these cupcakes i am certainly loving.
i have been meaning to make this recipe a while ago but just now got around to actually
doing instead of thinking.

have you ever seen the movie pineapple express? i have. 50% of the movie twice - i kept falling asleep halfway through at the same point in the movie each time. i can't really explain why, it certainly wasn't the lack humor or entertainment factor, because it was definitely was humorous. anyways,
i do have a point here, these cupcakes are named in honor of the movie.
pineapple + hemp = pineapple express cupcake love.

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fresh pineapple & hemp oil are the main flavors of the cupcakes.
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  this particular recipe makes 6 cupcakes - however you can easily double the recipe to make 12

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the cupcakes are frosted with fresh strawberry vegan butter cream and sprinkled with hemp seeds

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thankfully i only made 6 cupcakes - they were addicting.
so much so i made another batch to share with friends at work

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i adore the color of the butter cream from the strawberries - with color like that there is no excuse not to use natural food colorings.  the hemp seeds and oil add a layer of healthy goodness that amps up the nutritional value of these cupcakes - but lets stay real here, they are still cupcakes just a tad healthier.
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Pineapple Express Cupcakes
makes 6 cupcakes

you will need:
for the cupcakes
1/4 cup soy yogurt
1/4 almond milk
1/3 cup freshly crushed pineapple
1 tbsp hemp oil
1/4 cup agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

for the frosting
2 tbsp vegan butter - room temp
2/12 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp fresh strawberry puree or all natural strawberry jam
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

6 cupcake liners

assembly:
pre heat oven to 350*
in a medium whisk yogurt through vanilla extract. sift dry ingredients over the wet and mix until combined (not not over mix)

line a cupcake pan with liners. fill cups 2/3 full - bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs when tested in the center of the cupcake. remove from oven and allow to fully cool on a cooling rack.

while cupcakes are cooling, make frosting. using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix butter and confectioners sugar on low speed, add in strawberry puree or jam a tablespoon at a time, lastly mix in vanilla. frost by hand or use a piping bag....i used a Ziploc baggie and cut the corner off. sprinkle with hemp seeds.

enjoy!




Yum

42 comments:

  1. ahhah pineapple express! Great one. These looks so delicious. I saw the movie and thought it was really funny.

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    1. Is'nt it! ...well at least the first half of the movie, I am looking forward to the second half ;)

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  2. I love that you designed the recipe to yield just 6 cupcakes... it seems like most make 12 (or 24!), which always sounds like a great idea, but then I just end up eating too many :)

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    1. That was exactly my reasoning behind making only 6...with only Justin and I in the house it is way too easy to end up eating all 12 cupcakes between the two if us!

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  3. pink and brown are my favorite color combination, too!! and, coincidentally, i always fall asleep mid-pineapple express, too. we have the blu-ray and a swear one of these days i will watch the WHOLE THING.

    i absolutely love that you used hemp seeds as a topping! also, i love the pink frosting. once i tried mixing strawberry jam into vegan buttercream and it ended in disastrous, runny, wet frosting that needed to be thrown out. i wonder what i did wrong..

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    1. We had the blueray at one point to....however Justin has a habit of selling thingd on e-bay that he feels have been "hanging around" for too long, primarily to make more room for new blue rays - so needless to say pineapple express has found a new home :) lets hope Netflix has it on the instant que ..... I LOVE hemp seeds, they are so good!

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  4. Oh my gosh, are we on the same wavelength or what? I love pineapple, and these cupcakes sound. so. good.
    I don't have any hemp oil on hand, but wonder if I could substitute coconut or other oil?

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    1. Yes, yes we are Willow, it is scary is it not! I bet coconut oil would be fantastic in these cupcakes ;)

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  5. Oh these look so happy! They just radiate cheerfulness. Love the addition of the hemp seeds- it's one of my favourites :)

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  6. I love these! They are so pretty and I love the hemp seeds sprinkled on top! And try to push through Pineapple Express- it's totally worth it (if you're on board with that type of humor). Thank you for this recipe! :-)

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    1. I plan on pushing Kristy...maybe I need to drink a red bull before - that will guarantee that I will not stay away

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  7. love that pink frosting top shot... soooooo prettyyyyyy! i am allergic to pineapple, so i am going to make some frosting and eat it all up and keep the cupcakes for hubbs and tell him, this is how they are supposed to be.. frosting less;) and i love that fork!
    The fundraiser is now live! http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/p/fundraiser-for-vspca.html and also on the fb page.
    do drop and share if you have a minute! :)) Thanks a bunch!

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    1. I love the way you think Richa! The entire batch of new silverware is all funky, I love it!!!

      Can't wait to check out the fundraiser- you have done a phenomonal job- three cheeers for you!

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  8. Haha! I laughed a little too hard at your explanation of the name for these cupcakes (which are absolutely beautiful, by the way).
    I saw that movie a long, long time ago.

    Also, when I was around the ages 9-12, I had a bedroom that had pink and brown vertical stripes painted on the walls, with handmade pink and brown bedding and curtains (my mum loved to decorate our rooms). So I understand the pink and brown thing, I do ;)

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    1. You were one lucky girl and your Mom was well ahead of the trend - I would have loved to have had a pink and brown bedroom, too awesome!

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  9. I love how they look! really bright and delicious but unfortunately I haven't seen that movie

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    1. A. you must make these cupcakes

      B. you should definitely watch this movie while eating these cupcakes

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  10. I want to eat a huge bucket of this icing NOW. *hehe* Looks fantastic Heather. Such pretty cupcakes.

    Love the name of the cupcakes. So cute! I saw that movie in theatres and it was quite funny!

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    1. You and Richa should totally getogether and have a strawberry frosting party - you both have the same idea!

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  11. I love these - too cute and delicious :D
    Awesome post as well :) - I have heard to this movie too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. They were super cute & super good; they didn't last long!

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  12. Ha, I love this recipe name! The recipe sounds like a great combination of ingredients, so I guess I need to bake up a batch and watch the movie now.

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    1. Thanks Matt - enjoy the movie and the cupcakes...thanks for the pin on pinterest!

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  13. Totally love pink and brown and pineapple. I'm sold. Beautiful photos and color combos too. I heard Pineapple got panned, much like cupcakes :)

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  14. That first picture is totally to die for! Beautiful, friend.
    And you topped these beauties with hemp seed? Laughing so hard over your cleverness. Perfect!

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    1. Clever right :) These cupcakes are just as beautiful as you!

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  15. Love that the recipe is for only 6 cupcakes! It's hard to not eat them all. :)

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    1. So true- 6 cupcakes was the perfect amount for the 2 of us!

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  16. I love the use of hemp seeds as sprinkles! Maybe when I make cupcakes, I could use flax or zest?

    All I need now is some pineapple!

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    1. Jimmies/sprinkles would be fun! or some fresh strawberry or pinapple on top would be nice :)

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  17. Love the use of pineapple. Mmmmm for cupcakes! And I agree, pink & brown so pretty.

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    1. Mmmmm for cupcakes is right, who doesn't love cupcakes!

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  18. Wow these seem easy to make and delicious. Not only am I trying to learn how to bake I wanna bake as healthy as possible and that's what a lot of vegan recipes are. I will be checking back often. Pineapple and strawberry sounds delicious together, but does the hemp oil not cause any flavoring?

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    1. Hi Phaydra!
      These are really easy to make and even easier to devour :)

      The Hemp Oil does not overpower the cupcake - it really is there to provide moisture along with the pineapple - strawberry & pineapple are amazing together!

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  19. I love small batch recipes. Love, love, love! And I love that you coined these "pineapple express cupcakes" - adorable! Now I'll have to watch the movie.

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    1. and I will have to finish watching the movie :)

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  20. These look PHENOMENAL. I love the combo of pineapple and strawberries! Excuse me while I drool over these pictures a bit...

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    1. You are excused, please drool away- here's a napkin for you :)

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  21. We love this recipes. Recipe and photos are fantastic.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for the lovely compliment!

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