Hummingbird Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 7/26/2011


Hummingbird cakes and cupcakes have been a most popular Southern dessert since the cake recipe first appeared in Southern Living over 30 years ago.  It is said to be their most requested recipe.  It pairs with a delightful cream cheese frosting.  Because the cake is rich and sweet, the cupcakes seem to be a wonderful and fun solution to smaller servings.  Courtesy of Natalie's Killer Cuisine.

  • Servings: Yield 20
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Dessert


For the cupcakes:

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 eggs (whisk 1 egg and divide to get 1/2 an egg)

1 c. bananas, mashed

1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 c. pecans, chopped

1/2 c. coconut

For the cream cheese frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 c. unsalted butter, room temperature

2 - 3 c. confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

food coloring (optional)


To prepare the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.  Place paper cupcake liners in a 12-c. cupcake pan. 

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Using an electric mixer fitted with a flat paddle, beat butter and sugar until combined.  Slowly add vanilla and eggs and beat until fluffy.

Add the banana, pineapple, nuts and coconut to the butter mixture.  Mix until just combined then add the flour mixture until fully combined.  Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners, filling each 3/4-full.

Bake for 23 - 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. 

Transfer tins to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To prepare the cream cheese frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a flat paddle until combined.  

Add 1 c. of the powdered sugar and the vanilla and mix until combined.  Add the remaining powdered sugar.  Add food coloring if desired.

If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.  If it is too thick, add 1 Tbsp. of milk.  Place in a piping bag or use an offset spatula to spread on top of cupcakes.