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Hummingbirds are really remarkable creatures. They can hover in one spot, swiftly change directions, beat their wings really darn fast, grow some beautifully coloured feathers and stick out their tongue better than Gene Simmons. They also can see colours in the ultra violet spectrum. That may mean they can see a dangerously sunny day. Don’t you wish you could be one? Seriously, think about how cool these traits are. How many other birds can do this? None, that’s how many.
This is the reason why scientists are working on developing unmanned aerial vehicles that fly like hummingbirds. A small, maneuverable UAV would be great for reconnaissance missions as well as making sure your plants get pollinated … right? They also blend in well with the environment, if your environment is the Americas, that is. If you want to find out more about hummingbird robots check out Regina Dugan’s TED talk; she’s the director at DARPA and shares some cool stuff.
Now that we all know how wonderful hummingbirds are, I honestly don’t know why these are called Hummingbird Cupcakes, so I didn’t change that part of the name with my usual half-witty pun. However, I figured the icing needed an equally awesome bird title and since it contains coconut: Cuckoo.
The cuckoo part of the title was directly inspired by a song I heard earlier in the day by Belle And Sebastian called “I’m A Cuckoo”. This is one of those bands that was so important to me in my teen years, I will always hold them in a special place in my heart. Feel free to share the love, here:
I don’t know why I have so much experience with hummingbird videos, but I also want to share this amazing video of people hand-feeding hummingbirds at Saltery Lodge, where the birds have become friendly with the kind people and visitors at the lodge.
Why are there so many hummingbird videos? Because they’re awesome. So why are these cupcakes given the name of this remarkable bird? I’ve figured it out: because they’re awesome, too, and even just a little bit healthier than some of those butter-filled cupcakes. So, enjoy.
Hummingbird Cupcakes and Cuckoo Frosting
(Found at Ambitious Kitchen)
Makes one dozen cup cakes.