Monday, February 25, 2013

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Good morning~

How was your weekend? I hope that you enjoyed it. I had a fabulous weekend visiting family in Chicago: we baked, and ate and shopped, watched movies, read, baked some more, went for walks and visited friends. 

One of the things we made was Hummingbird Cake and cupcakes, are you a fan? Hummingbird cake for those of you not familiar is very popular in the South and was originally published in the February, 1978 issue of Southern Living Magazine. This delicious cake is it is basically a banana cake with the addition of crushed pineapple and a few spices. 

Hummingbird Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing

From Southern Living 1978


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups of sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 large eggs beaten, room temperature
1-1/2 tsp. Nielsen-Massey vanilla
2 cups RIPE mashed bananas
1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 3-9" pans. Line bottom on pans with parchment paper.

Mix  together the dry ingredients. Add oil and eggs, stirring until dry ingredients are moist.  Add vanilla, bananas, and pineapple, and pecans  stir until combined.  DO NOT OVER MIX.  

Pour batter  into pans and bake 25-35  minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

Frost with Cream Cheese Icing and garnish with coarsely chopped pecans. 

Cream Cheese Frosting:


2 8 oz packages of softened cream cheese
1 cup of softened butter
32 oz powdered sugar
2 tsp of vanilla
2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat on low, add heavy whipping cream until the frosting is spreading consistency. Add more whipping cream if necessary. 

This cake is scrumptious! It is moist, with a hint of spice, the tang of pineapple and the sweetness of bananas and the cream cheese frosting. If you like banana cake or carrot cake I think you will enjoy this cake. 


  1. YUM!! I love the name...glad you had fun. Sounds like a perfect weekend!! Enjoy your day:)

    1. Tina, a great weekend with family is always fun! I loved your Oscar post! Sounds like you enjoyed it.
      Have a great week, Elizabeth

  2. It snowed again here so we watched a few movies and I made chocolate espresso mousse with raspberries. The husband loves carrot cake so I'll have to try your cupcakes.

    Enjoy your day Elizabeth!

    1. Debra, these cupcakes and cake are delicious! I cannot wait to hear if you made and liked them.

      Have a great week, Elizabeth

  3. WOO! These would make my heart race like a hummingbird's for sure!!!!!!

    I am glad you enjoyed yourself precious friend. We did too.

    LOVE! Anita

  4. These look delicious, Elizabeth...I wish I wasn't dieting or I would make some!! I am glad you had a fun family weekend! xoxoxo

  5. Just mention cream cheese icing and you have my undivided attention!

  6. Hello Elizabeth
    Sounds like you had a perfect weekend. Those cupcakes look delicious.
    Have a great week


  7. Yummy! I have heard of Hummingbird cake, but never knew exactly what's in it! Thanks for sharing. This is a must try. :)

  8. I always learn something new form you, dear friend! Wow, these sound (and look) so yummy...
    How splendid to spend time with family and friends in Chicago!
    Enjoy your week, dear Elizabeth...
    - Irina

  9. I have had Hummingbird cake and it is delicious, also very pretty. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for the recipe!

  10. please pass the milk! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop your participation is what makes it so much fun. Hugs!

  11. I am familiar with hummingbird cakes, and they are really good! Very pretty cupcakes! Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.


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