Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcakes are a flavorful favorite made with a delicious combination of bananas, pineapple, nuts, cinnamon, and cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped nuts

During our last trip to New York, we hit up the Cupcake Stop truck for an afternoon treat. I was surprised to find Hummingbird Cupcakes on their menu. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular cake, it is a fabulous Southern dessert that has been around for ages.

I hadn’t had Hummingbird cake in years. Actually, I hadn’t even thought about it in a while. I’m also pretty sure I’ve never made one. But, when I saw it in cupcake form on the menu that day among their other tasty flavors, I had no hesitation in making my choice. Since that day, I developed a hankering for Hummingbird cake that I just couldn’t ignore. I decided to try them in cupcake form, too, as a tribute to the awesomeness that is Cupcake Stop.

close up of a Hummingbird Cupcake with a bite missing

If I’d never eaten this cake, I probably wouldn’t have read through the recipe and thought that it was a must-make cake. It’s a bit of an odd combination – cinnamon, pineapple, pecans, bananas. Trust me, though, it is exceptionally good. It’s a bit like eating banana bread with cream cheese frosting. Only better.

Taking chocolate options out of the equation, this is definitely one of my top-rated cakes. You know, even considering chocolate, I might just have to put it in the top ten.

overhead view of a Hummingbird Cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and nuts

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Yield: 36 standard-sized cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Hummingbird Cupcakes are a delicious combination of bananas, pineapple, nuts, and cinnamon, all topped with cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped nuts


For the cake:

  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8-ounce (226g) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup (120g) roughly chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • chopped pecans or sanding sugar, for garnish

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 16 ounces (453g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 36 standard-sized muffin cups, or line with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the eggs and oil, stirring until the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in the vanilla, pineapple, pecans, and bananas.
  3. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Then, remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Frost the cooled cupcakes. Garnish, if desired.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

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