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Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas, by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas.  Whether you’re baking for three or more, the Hummingbird cupcakes are sure to please!  Hummingbird cupcakes are filled with tropical fruit, chopped pecans, and warm spices, then baked and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting; will make everyone “hum” with every bite.

I made these cupcakes a few years back and decided to revive this recipe from our archives.  It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate the holidays, so why not make it special and festive during these uncertain times.   

 

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas by 2sistersrecipes.com

True Story!  How the Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas came about…

While I was food shopping in South Carolina, a beautiful magazine cover (its Christmas issue) jumped out at me,  and I had to have it!  The cake on the cover looked so amazing, and it was a cake I had only heard about.  The traditional southern cake is known as the Hummingbird cake.

This cake made its first appearance in 1978 from a woman in North Carolina, and still today, this beloved cake happens to be the most requested recipe in Southern Living magazine history.  It always receives rave reviews.

I was compelled to try this Southern recipe for Hummingbird cake but instead decided to use this recipe to make cupcakes, simply because I knew it would be much easier to whip up and it makes plenty (about 24 to 26 cupcakes) to share.

 

A photo of the cupcakes and frosting in a zip-lock bag on the table.

 

Can We Use Gluten-Free Flour? 

  • Yes, indeed!  (thanks to Denise!)  Use your favorite gluten-free flour with this recipe.

Can We Freeze Hummingbird Cupcakes?

  • Yes, you can!  But it’s best to Hold Off the frosting and freeze cupcakes in zip-lock bags or in a plastic container. 

  • Be sure you press out excess air from the bags before you zip them closed, and the cupcakes have to be completely cooled.  This will avoid freezer burn.  You can store and chill the frosting for up to two weeks.

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas.  by 2sistersrecipes.com
 
 

These Hummingbird Cupcakes are truly delicious and sweet-tasting. 

They are filled with crushed pineapple, mashed bananas, chopped pecans, and a hint of our favorite warm spices, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Baked to perfection, and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.  Then topped with a sprinkle of crushed pecans.

So delicious!  They taste like Christmas! … and everyone will love them.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect to make-ahead and refrigerate them; making them ideal for the holidays.

 

 

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas.  by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Best of all, by making these into Hummingbird cupcakes instead of a large cake, we were able to enjoy more of them and share them with our family and friends.

With 12 days ’till Christmas, make these delicious cupcakes, and treat yourself!  You’ll be glad you did.

ENJOY!! 

 

Also, try our Hummingbird Smoothie!

   

 

*Full recipe card below!

Ingredients Needed for Hummingbird Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or GF flour)

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 1+1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2 (8-ounces) cans crushed pineapple, undrained

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 + 1/2 cups mashed bananas (I used 2 bananas)

Cream Cheese Frosting…

  • 1 (8-ounces) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened

  • 1 (16-ounces) package powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans, as a garnish


Prepare Batter for Cupcakes:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.  Add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.  ( Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, crushed pineapple, 1 cup of chopped pecans, and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.

3.  Pour batter into 2 prepared cupcake or muffin pans with paper or grease and flour each one.  

4.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1.  Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Gradually add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until light and fluffy.  Stir in the vanilla extract.  Refrigerate frosting until ready to use.

2.  When ready to frost the cupcakes, place 1/3 of the frosting into a quart size ziplock bag.  Snip a small opening in one corner of the bottom of the bag.  Twist and squeeze the frosting over each cupcake, in swirling motions.
3.   Top with crushed pecans on each cupcake.  Cover and store in the refrigerator.  Yields: 24 cupcakes

Here’s a quick tip:

Place a few pecans in a ziplock bag. Seal the bag and use a mug to gently crush the pecans.  Open the bag and sprinkle some nuts over each cupcake.  

 

 

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Hummingbird Cupcakes by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

MORE Delicious Holiday TREATS and Easy Edible Gift Ideas!  (they make great teachers gifts)

 

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas Special Issue

Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas Special Issue

Hummingbird cupcakes are filled with tropical fruit, chopped pecans, and warm spices, then baked and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting; will make everyone "hum" with every bite.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1+1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 (8-ounces) cans crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 + 1/2 cups mashed bananas ( I used 2 bananas)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 (16-ounces) package powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans, as a garnish

Instructions

    Prepare Batter for Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. ( Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, crushed pineapple, 1 cup of chopped pecans, and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.
    3. Pour batter into 2 prepared cupcake or muffin pans with paper or grease and flour each one. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    4. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

    Cream Cheese Frosting:

    1. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
    2. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until light and fluffy.
    3. Stir in the vanilla extract. Refrigerate frosting until ready to use.
    4. When ready to frost the cupcakes, place 1/3 of the frosting into a quart size ziplock bag. Snip a small opening in one corner of the bottom of the bag. Twist and squeeze the frosting over each cupcake, in swirling motions. Top with crushed pecans on each cupcake. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

     Recipe adapted from Southern Christmas Special Issue 2014

    Hi friends!  Are you baking with us?  If you try Hummingbird Cupcakes and Christmas, let us know and leave a comment and a star rating on our recipe card!

    Have fun and snap a photo and hashtag it on Pinterest and on Instagram.  It makes us happy to see what you bake! Recipe inspired and adapted from Southern Living 2014.

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    Happy Baking!  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by! 

     xo Anna and Liz

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    14 Comments

  1. Reply
    Pearl
    February 23, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Can you half this recipe

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      February 23, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Yes, you can cut this recipe in half. I haven’t done it yet, but I believe it’s possible!

  2. Reply
    sherry
    December 20, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    hummingbird cakes? Yum! cream cheese frosting? double yum.
    happy festive season
    sherry

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      February 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you, Sherry!

  3. Reply
    Anonymous
    December 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Made these cupcakes gluten free. Just used gluten free flour in place of regular flour. SUPERB! Thanks to you ladies for all the wonderful recipes throughout the year. Merry Christmas Ladies keep the meal plans coming.
    Bravo! Denise McDonnell

    • Reply
      annaliz
      December 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Thank you Denise! We are so glad you made these gluten-free, it's always good to hear tips on how to turn recipes into gluten-free ones. Everyone will appreciate your comment, thanks again! And Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  4. Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Stellar job with these gorgeous humming bird cupcakes. All of us at Platter Talk wish you and yours the best of holidays this year!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      December 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Dan, your good wishes and sweet comments are always appreciated!

  5. Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I have always wanted to make the Hummingbird cake – and love the idea of cupcakes instead. Cakes are not my thing but I seem to do ok with cupcakes. These are gorgeous. Three children birthdays in one week? Wow – you must have worked hard to make that happen – haha.
    Your photos are gorgeous and I think I will make these for an office event coming soon. Very nice! Happy Thanksgiving to you both – have a blessed time with family and friends.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you Tricia for such kind words. You always say the nicest things! Have a wondeful Thanksgiving !
      Xoxo

  6. Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    November 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    hummingbird cupcakes are my kids favorite! I made them last year and they just feel in love with them. Yours looks delicious

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 26, 2014 at 2:31 am

      I understand why! We all fell in love with them too.
      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Reply
    Joanne
    November 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    These are so fun! I love the flavors in them…totally decadent.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 26, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Thanks Joanne! ๐Ÿ™‚

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