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Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe

Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Hummingbird Cupcakes

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MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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?"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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 :)"

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Great recipe!! I reduced the sugar to 1 3/4 cups, but the next time, I think I will try using only 1 1/2 cups. Also, to reduce the amount of oil, I always use 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. Fill the cups about 3/4 full and bake at 375* for approx. 20 minutes. I sometimes frost the cupcakes with cream cheese or vanilla buttercream frosting. Wonderful with or without frosting! I have prepared this recipe in a loaf pan for a bread and a jelly roll pan with the baking times adjusted. Excellent recipe!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"This recipe was great! It was fun to make. My soccer team loved them and got many comments from them. They are really good too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"My 6-year old granddaughter made these as part of our "cooking classes." They are wonderful if you like the fruit and nut taste. I was especially pleased to hear her 9 year old brother claim, "They didn't need frosting," as he explained his reasons for snitching!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"A huge favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"These were so easy to make and sooooo tasty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"I made these cupcakes yesterday and brought them into work, everyone raved about how good they were. CALORIES WERE ENJOYED BY ALL :o)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Everybody enjoyed these. Will tweek to my own personal tastes next time by taking out 1/2 cup sugar, as well a adding more pineapple to make them a little moister."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"These were WONDERFUL! I followed the recipe as is, except I drained the pineapple only slightly and baked for about 16-18 min (some were in cupcake liners, some not. The ones in cupcake liners cooked the longer time). My recipe came out with 32 decently sized cupcakes and I didn't use all the icing... maybe 2/3 or 3/4 of the whole recipe was plenty. It honestly didn't need icing and my husband thought it would be better without. If the calories scare you, you can easily lighten this up to suit your diet/taste. If the recipe is left as is according to the amount stated, 32 cupcakes with ALL the icing would be 307 per cupcake... that knocks off 100 cal by making 8 more. You could also omit the nuts or icing or both. I tried it without nuts and without icing...both were very good! People that critisize a recipe's calorie and fat content, must not know how to make changes to it or just don't eat desserts at all... which makes me question why they would look to begin with."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"Great recipe, thank you for sharing! I also want to add that I agree with MS LISA. If you don't like the ingredients, please just move on to the next recipe. We have more than enough food police! I have never smoked, I don't drink and I am not overweight so leave me and my sugar, butter etc. etc. etc. alone. I also think giving a review before trying the recipe is a waste of time. Please try the recipe and then give us your honest opinion. I would love to read if you added something to make a good recipe even better. So many of these reviews are from (I would assume) excellent cooks and I value those opinons. Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"These were delicious cupcakes...very moist. I did not drain the pineapple. I followed the recipe as written and they were great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"These are super good, just made them and hubby & I love them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"To answer the questions below about draining the pineapple, yes, it should be drained before measuring it.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I emailed the Test Kitchen for clarification, for this recipe - the pineapple is drained."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I get so frustrated listening to these so-called ''experts" on nutrition.  It's a recipe, and reviews are what they are, reviews.  I love reading reviews to see variations of recipes, not somebodys tirade on sugar, salt, fat etc.  I think those comments should be banned.  It's not right that they downgrade a recipe to 1 star or none when they haven't even made it.  If people don't like the ingredients, move on to the next recipe.  I have a few foods I don't like, so does everybody else, that doesn't make me downgrade a recipe because maybe I don't like one ingredient.  Why can't we stick to a review.  If you didn't make the recipe, then you have no business writing a review.  I rest my case.    "

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"These were delicious! Only changes I made was that I used 1 cup of drained canned pineapple and added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the frosting. It made about 36 cupcakes and the frosting was the perfect amount for the recipe. Everyone loved them, will def make again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I haven't made this recipe yet but in looking over the ingredients list I would say YES to draining the pineapple. Happy Baking."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Has anyone found out if the pineapple is drained? Thanks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I have seen where several have ask if you drain the pineapple and I havenot seen a reply back on it. I too am interested in knowing that answer if someone woud answer it. Thanks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Are we draining the pineapple in this recipe.I would love to try it ,read a lot of good reviews but don't want to try unless I find out aboutdraining the pineapple or not."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"made it as written. It looked like a great recipe and wanted to share it so baked 18 reg. size and 48 minis. Took the minis to our women's group at church and they all wanted the recipe. Wanted seconds, but will have to bake their own! These are easy and delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"wow most of u people r just jerks. if they want to eat as is, fine. if they want to modify and make healthier, fine. geeze. all u people should work on being nicer human beings."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"To Floralcity, it was my thought to make 1/2 recipe & bake it loaf pan, my ? is did you use 1 egg or 2."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Just a question...I am allergic to nuts and was wondering the the walnuts are an integral part of the taste or can I leave them out and still get the same results?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"This recipe was fine the way it is written. How can someone rate a recipe that is shown when they change ingredients. Also don't make it and don't comment if you don't like the nutrition factors. Shame on you."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"These were delicious. Food Police - put a sock in it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Delicious! seems to me there's enough fruit and nuts in this recipe to make it healthy too I will just ignore all the health freaks who shouldn't even be on this site, it's about good family cooking and baking!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"I did modify the recipe - used 1/2 butter and 1/2 apple sauce... 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup splenda.. added 1/2 tsp baking powder to the flour of which I used 1 1/2 flour & 1 1 1/2 ground oatmeal... 1 Tbsp. of cinnamon as we all like the cinnamon. Divided the batch in half and put nuts only in 1/2 of it so it is nut free for school. The kids (7 & 9) wanted to know if they can take them for lunch.... the 1/2 with nuts for us all at home... excellent - will make again & again.. did have to bake 35 mins till done @ 350"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"All i want to know is this a good receipe??

Do you think it tasted good. I don't want to hear the negative stuff."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"When is see a recipe offered and then I see 33 reviews, I say, "wow this must be good."Then I start reading the reivews and really disappointed when the reviews are mostly about critizing how unhealthy, how many calories, etc, etc. I agree with the one review, if you are looking for healthy then stay out of this recipe site and go to the low-fat or healthy recipes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Wonderful recipe, and everyone loved them! **To all who think they have to 'alter' the recipe for the rest of us, we KNOW how to do that. Yes, these are meant as treats and they're meant to share. Please quit trying to change my eating habits. 'Taste of Home' apparently is NOT the publication for you. Read 'Healty Cooking' instead and give us all a break."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"The Real ingred like Butter, eggs and Cream are the good things for you. The Chemicals, fast food, antibiotics & high frutose corn syrup are your problems with diabetes/overweitght etc. The recipe is delicious and I will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I usually don't comment on these. But wow!!! There are so many recipe places out there for low fat fat free so go there and get your recipes and stop nagging on here. I do like when other people try it different ways so then I know if I would want to or not!!! If you make all 24 and only want a few give the rest away!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Great recipe have made this as a cake and also as a reduced calorie bread. The great thing about this recipe is YOU CAN CONTROL THE PORTION by eating only one cupcake at a sitting! I am also 68 yrs old, in perfect health, not on any medication whatsoever. I eat what I want and know that sensible eating is the healthy way to eat. Eat one and freeze the rest unfrosted if you can't resist the urge to overindulge."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I'm sooooo sick of people telling us how to eat! If you don't like eating or making cupcakes then why are you? Rate the cupcakes on their merit, not on some social issue."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"ATTENTION: dovsbubbie & MS LISA LOVE LOVE your comments. I could not have said it any better than you two. Wish you were on all my recipe programs and said this!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Excellent recipe! For those who are complaining about nutritional values, you can always substitute Smart Balance for the butter or half butter, half Smart Balance, and you can sub Stevia for the sugar. As a rule of thumb, you can always cut the sugar by a third and the butter by half if you so desire but the end product will be slightly different."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Cooking is about choices. Not everyone likes everything. Your food intake is your personal choice. That's one freedom we still have in this country."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Very nice recipe, and, to the people that don't understand what a recipe review is,

don't bore us to death with your healthy alternatives. Maybe if you spent more time biking, hiking or enjoying your life, you wouldn't sit on the computer all day criticizing recipes. Nobody is forcing anybody to make these recipes, nobody is forcing 24 cupcakes down your throat. I'm 68 years old and have never had one single sick day, and I eat butter and sugar, salt and here I am, healthy as an ox and not one pound overweight. It's called portion control and exercise. Stop criticizing people that are nice enough to share family recipes with us!! It's embarrassing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"to heidimotsch - this site is for us to rate the recipe, not go off on a tangent about the state of the nation! that's whats wrong with people like you - trying to get others to conform to your way of doing things - we have the freedom to eat what we want so if you don't like the fat content of a posted recipe - just don't make it, but don't go off on why not to make it - that's not what the reviews are intended for!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Thank you to those who are making a note of how unhealthy this recipe is. True, it does not say it's a healthy cupcake recipe, but with the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in this country it's completely irresponsible to continue promoting these kinds of "foods". We are a nation of the flawed thinking that "one won't hurt" - what are you going to do with the other 23, throw them out?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"I am always looking for yummy recipes that have no chocolate in them, as I'm allergic... sad. This one was a winner! Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"ikinchen-good for you in eating sensibly and adapting recipes to suit your needs! Please share what adjustments you made and the results without being judgmental of those who choose to enjoy them as are. This is a cooking site--not a weight loss site."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"These cupcakes were wonderful and traveled well (8 hour drive). I sliced the bananas and did not mash them as one of my other hummingbird cake recipe called for. Since I have some family members who do not like sweets, I only frosted half the cupcakes. They were good also."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"These were DELICIOUS, everyone loved them!! I am always looking for recipies for ripe banans & this one is a winner. The frosting is to die for!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"I didn't have any bananas so I replaced with applesauce (nonsweetened) and it was so moist and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"I made a 9"x13" cake instead of cupcakes. It turned out great!!! Very moist and full of flavor. My family loved it! I will be sharing this recipe with family and friends!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"One word...YUM! Very moist, very tasty. My son entered these in our local county fair this week for 4-H (without the frosting because for his cooking division it calls for cakes & cupcakes that stand alone) and they will advance on to the state fair...they're that good. Thanks for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"410 calories and 56g carbs. come on ... 45 g carbs is enough for one complete meal. I am using common sense to cut the sugar, make mini cupcakes and limit myself to only one. (for me) Check the calories and carbs in other cupcakes...much less. I am sure these are very good. I don't have to eat all 24, I can limit myself to only one."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"Very moist and easy. I made 1/2 the recipe in a loaf pan and it was equally dellicius."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"Delicious!!! It made 3 doz. cupcakes instead of the 2 doz. the recipe it would make. But OK as they all were eaten and I will definitely makes these again. Real moist cake with or without frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"Luv the combo of pineapple and banana. Instead of crushed I put the chunky sliced pineapple instead. 2/3 cup butter and 1/4 cup rum made it yum!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"The cupcakes turned out very well, I thought it was a fairly easy recipe, acturally I got 30 cupcakes from this recipe. I would make them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"I like my humingbird cake better. I'm going to make them into cup cakes. I didn't think the y had a good texture or flavor"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"Just a few words of common sense here. These are cupcakes so they are not meant to be good for you. They are meant to be treats. I made these exactly as the recipe was written & even my girls who state they "hate" certain ingredients in this recipe loved them! TThnx so much for the recipe & it will be 1 we make many times over!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"to jmscott this calls for 1/2 CUP of crushed pineapple so you can purchase any size can if you want leftovers =)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"What size can of crushed pineapple?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"Okay...look...if there is too much fat and sugar in this for some people, either don't bake them or use alternatives. The recipe did not say "healthy". It is what it is and it is good. Moderation. One won't hurt. No one says you have to eat all 24. People enjoy the simple pleasures in life if they keep it in check. I have been an athlete all my life. Personal trainer...just enjoy the stuff. Don't complain about ingredients. Don't bake them if you can't eat them. Come on..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"Way too many calories and carbs for me. If we can't cut the sugar, I to would prefer to make mini cupcakes, and limit myself to only one."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This is not a review but a question - am I supposed to drain the pineapple? Thanks - SL"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"For the one who said this has too much butter and sugar. I don't believe this is too much butter & sugar for 24 cupcakes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This recipe has too much butter & sugar"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"These look so good. I wonder how long they would bake if I used mini muffin pans instead of the regular cup cake pan? I think my grandchildren would love these, especially being named "hummingbird" if I made them into mini cupcakes. Thanks for any suggestions."

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