Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe
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Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe

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Turn the traditional hummingbird cake—flavored with pineapple, bananas and walnuts—into a bite-sized treat with these moist cupcakes. —Jessie Oleson, Seattle, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup drained canned crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 410 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine bananas and pineapple.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in coconut and walnuts.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Hummingbird Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2010, p7/5/10

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"I made this as a cake years ago, but love it as a cupcake. So light and moist. It was a winner in our family and a keeper as a holiday dessert!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I love, love, love these! I'm wondering if I could bake in 9" cake pans? Has anyone tried to bake a cake instead of cupcakes?"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"I liked this recipe. I didn't have bananas though so I subbed applesauce and a little oil. They still tasted good!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"I made this recipe exactly as written and it was wonderful. I did not drain the pineapple and only frosted some and they were so fricken good. I make food like this all the time and give most of it away to friends and family after I've had my fill. I equally loved the comments and reviews of this recipe because I am so sick and tired of the calorie police, I agree with each and every one of the reviews that ask them to move on to another recipe or another recipe site. But I'm not going to say another word on the subject because nothing any of us can say will shut them up, EVER :)"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"Absolutely wonderful. Very moist and flavorful. I have an old hummingbird cake recipe that these remind me of. A hit with the coworkers"

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