Friday, 10 May 2013

Banana Bottom Pineapple Swirl Cupcake

Some weeks back, after meeting NH when she came to pick up the toppers, I went on to try her recommendation of getting myself upside down to release the tension on my spine or rather slipped disc.

Surprisingly, I already felt so much relief.  The nerve is getting less pinched and my movement is much more comfortable.

I think through this one year, my pain tolerance level has gone up so much that I am like an iron man (oops I meant woman).  So when I said I felt relieved, it is actually feeling a lot more improvement.

I still have to be very careful as my back muscle is still not strong yet.  I marvel those who train day and night, it is definitely not easy to be so disciplined.

So today, I picked Banana Bottom Pineapple Swirl Cupcake as my baking project as I have a can of pineapple in the pantry that I want to clear off.   Sounds interesting right?   

Verdict: Though I am no fan of pineapple but let me tell you, these cupcakes are delicious!  I strongly recommend this recipe!  

My girl couldn't stop pinching at it as I told her to wait till I take some photos.  It is a nice change from the norm of a banana cake or banana chocolate cake.  The texture is a combination of everything.  The good part (or rather the bad part for pineapple lover) is that the pineapple taste was not evident.  That could be because it was masked off my the cream cheese.

I am already thinking of baking another batch to share around since I still have some pineapple jam left.

Note: It was still soft and moist after a few days.

Initially I wanted to frost it to make it prettier but since I am down with a flu, I have to skip that part.

Hope this is presentable for me to submit this to the Bake-Along blog hop event hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours , Lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids
Happy 2nd Birthday, Bake Along!

Pineapple Swirl filling

225g canned crushed pineapple (only use 83g)
170g cream cheese, room temp
50g castor sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp salt

Banana Cupcake

200g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
225g ripe banana
3 tbsp whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
115g unsalted butter
200g castor sugar
1 egg


Preheat oven to 180 deg.  Prepare muffin tray.

Drain pineapple in a sieve.  Pat dry as much as possible.  Crushed to form a jam like texture.

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add in sugar and beat till cream cheese is creamy.  

Add the egg and salt, and blend well.  

Add 83g of the pineapple and beat well (keep remaining for other use)

Banana Cake

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  

Put banana into a bowl and add milk and vanilla, mixed well.

Beat butter and sugar until well blended (3 mins).  

Beat in the egg.

Add the banana mixture and beat until incorporated.  

Add in flour in three addition.  Mix untill smooth.

Spoon 1 tbsp of cupcake batter into the muffin cup, spoon 1 tbsp of pineapple filling and then top each with 2 more tbsp of the batter.

Bake for 20 - 25 mins or until golden brown.

Cool for 10 mins in cup and remove and cool further on rack.

Adapted from Baking for all Occasions.



  1. Looks delicious! I have ' banana phobia ' so for personal consumption I will substitute with pumpkin.

    1. I am interested in your pumpkin incorporation. Keep me updated if you try.

  2. Hi Edith,
    Presentable? It is more than that, it looks really good! The combination of banana and pineapple sounds awesome! Thank you for linking to Bake-Along, great to have you!
    Hope your flu will disappear very soon. Wish you a wonderful relaxing weekend!

    1. I had fun too and my flu is still not at bay. haiz.

  3. I love pineapple and the combination with banana sound so perfect! Will add this recipe in my to do list.

    1. Ann, I strongly recommend this recipe. Even soft after so many days.

  4. hi edith, this is quite a unique cake to me with that pineapple cream cheese topping. Yes, acceptable and thanks so much for baking along with us . btw, when you said upside down, do you mean you are doing the upside down yoga pose?

    1. Lena, there is this machine in my gym that I hooked my leg and have the bench turned upside down. So I am literally hanging on by my ankle. No yoga at this point in time yet.

  5. it indeed looks delicious, Edith!
    will give this a try :)

  6. Hi Edith, I love pineapples but not such a fan of bananas lol! This is a very interesting pairing of fruits...I am very curious as to how you hurt yourself so bad?:P

  7. Hi Edith,

    Pardon me for my late visit.

    Good that your back is getting better. Don't give up with this exercise. Keep it up :D

    Indeed these cupcakes look interesting with this very tropical fruity combination.


    1. Hope your holiday was a good one. Yes I am still not fully recovered so exercising still a must. THanks for the concern.


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