Brunch, Cake, Dessert

Hummingbird Cupcakes: Spring Is Here

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Spring Is Here! Thank goodness because I thought I was going to go mad with all these spring dish ideas floating around in my head. I have them saved on my iPhone, various post-it notes around the house and if you look at my son’s coloring book you will probably find them scribbled on each page.

A berry crisp, a refreshing salad, maybe a little sweet tea jasmine rice- who knows what I will be throwing at you in the months to come. One thing for sure they will be full of flavor and EASY! No one wants to be stranded in the kitchen when it’s so beautiful outside.

Hummingbirds are beautiful but Hummingbird cupcakes, now they are beautiful and delicious. Hummingbird cupcakes are just a re-creation of a classic southern dessert- The Hummingbird Cake. This cakes is rich and heavy (yet heavenly) with layers of cinnamon, bananas, pineapple, pecans and a heavy dose of cream cheese icing. Instead of a massive cake going to waste at my house- WAIT- who am I kidding!  I could eat the whole thing in minutes with my hands tied behind my back and my eyes closed! As I was saying, instead of “wasting” a large cake on a sweet-craving mom I decided to do the alternative and that is cupcakes. By making the cake into individual portions, they are less heavy and dense and since they have fruit in them (hence pineapples and bananas) they are also healthy:) GRIN!

I was going to go all Martha Stewart on you today and make my own pineapple flowers for the tops of the cupcakes (as seen here) but I thought Why? Why am I going to pretend to do something I am not good at? So instead, I just popped a cute little flower (washed well of course) into the frosting for a quick picture shot. Cute huh? Hope you enjoy and by all means whether its cupcakes or something entirely different welcome in Spring by making something fun, fresh and oh so Belleicious!

Hummingbird Cupcakes: Spring Is Here
 
adapted from Annie's Eats
Ingredients
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe banana
  • ⅔ cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • ⅔ cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • For the frosting:*
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350? F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk together and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, vanilla, and sugar and beat until blended and smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the mashed banana. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Gently fold in the pineapple, nuts (if using), and coconut with a spatula until evenly mixed.
  2. Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about ¾ full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

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70 Comments

  1. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Not just cute, actually very pretty and delicious sounding. I can’t wait for more spring goodies.

    09 . Apr . 2012
  2. sportsglutton

    These look like an absolutely perfect way to bring in spring Jessica. Beautiful .

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  3. Asmita

    Beautiful cupcakes! I love these.

    09 . Apr . 2012
  4. Erica

    I need those liners!! I agree! Bring on the spring dishes. These are gorgeous. Ive only had hummingbird cake once but om gosh is it fabulous

    09 . Apr . 2012
  5. kitchenriffs

    Really cute cakes. Love the flower garnish. I’m with you – why do something you’re not good at? And I’m ready for spring, too. Really fun post (and nice recipe!) – thanks.

    09 . Apr . 2012
  6. Katherine

    Love these cupcakes. they are so cute and love the fresh flower- no need for dried one! LOL!

    09 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Yes! So glad you agree! Why do dry when you can do fresh:)

      11 . Apr . 2012
  7. Hillary P.

    TOOO CUTE! LOVE THESE!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  8. Jane

    Spring is here, and wow I love the idea of your Hummingbird Cupcakes. One look and I see I have those same cupcake papers of the sunflowers! I love them and never thought I would see these in Safeway!

    Almost contacted you for some chocolate ideas for appetiezers to a wine party. Since I am now in a blind wine club, I am always looking. I did find something from Sarabeth that I am going to do. I will keep checking back. Thanks, I love your recipes.

    09 . Apr . 2012
  9. Caroline

    These cupcakes are adorable, Jessica! I absolutely love those liners…never seen any like that before. The fresh flower is a nice touch. 🙂

    09 . Apr . 2012
  10. Kelli H

    I love how pretty these are. Girl these look amazing. I will be keeping these and now I cant wait to take these to Garden Club I know they will be just perfect for that. I also know I will have to keep some for the family.

    09 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh they would be so perfect for the garden club Kelli! I hope you try them!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  11. greencookinlife

    Why have I never heard of hummingbird cakes or cupcakes before? It sounds delish

    09 . Apr . 2012
  12. Sue/the view from great island

    These are the perfect baby or wedding shower treats, I loooove the fresh flowers!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  13. Shea

    They look so yummy, and pretty too! I’ve never heard of Hummingbird Cake, but I love the idea of the cupcakes!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  14. sara@domesticallychallenged

    I heard about Hummingbird cupcakes on Cupcake Wars a few weeks ago, and was wondering about them! I will have to make them and bring them Up North here!

    09 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      LOL! I didn’t see that episode but now you have me curious! Yes- enlighten the North to our fab hummingbird cupcakes!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  15. Reem | Simply Reem

    Spring is definitely here Gal!!!
    these cupcakes look gorgeous… I am loving the wrapper too…
    My son was asking me to bake cupcake, I will do this recipe…

    B/W how are you n boys doing dear? I am sure you must be one busy mama these days… Enjoy my dear and take some rest too….

    09 . Apr . 2012
  16. Veronica's Kitchen

    I have been dreaming of cupcake all night and now I see your cake right in the morning! I totally adore them and how good if you can send me one straight away! LOL!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  17. kankana

    The liners so pretty and colorful and the frosting on top is so neatly done! Pass me some cupcakes here too please 😛

    09 . Apr . 2012
  18. val

    Stunningly Gorgeous!!!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  19. Velva

    Those hummingbird cupcakes are stunning. Happy Spring to you! I love this time of year.

    Velva

    09 . Apr . 2012
  20. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    Wow! I love this recipe… the flavors are just incredible and they look drop dead gorgeous! You’ve done an awesome job with them! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  21. daphne

    how gorgeous they look! I love hummingbird cupcakes and haven’t made them in years! I wish I could taste them now.

    09 . Apr . 2012
  22. vianney

    I love hummingbird cake, but cupcakes…too sweet!!

    09 . Apr . 2012
  23. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    SOOOOO pretty, Jessica! Hope you are enjoying springtime. I’m in Japan now enjoying full bloom cherry blooms. Happy Spring to you and your family!

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh Japan! I hope you are having the best time ever. I am jealous! I bet it is just beautiful!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  24. veronica lee

    OMG!!! Soooooooo pretty!!

    I pinned this!

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks for the pin Veronica!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  25. kitchen flavours

    Your cupcakes are so cute and pretty, what a beautiful way to welcome Spring! Love your cupcake cases!

    10 . Apr . 2012
  26. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    These cupcake paper liners are so pretty and light and airy looking…just like a hummingbird! Very sweet.

    10 . Apr . 2012
  27. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    I am such a sucker for cupcakes – think I may have to make these this afternoon.
    🙂 Mandy

    10 . Apr . 2012
  28. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    These are just gorgeous and they sound so delicious. Our daughter-in-law just asked me a few weeks ago if I had ever made a Hummingbird cake. I told her that I didn’t think I had ever heard of it before.Now though I can see me making these real soon!!

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Well this is the perfect recipe to try your first hummingbird cupcake or even cake!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  29. Kristy

    These are just gorgeous Jessica! Truly. I’ve pinned them. 🙂 And I’m looking forward to your easy and delicious spring recipes. You’re right – easy is perfect in the nice weather. Happy spring!

    10 . Apr . 2012
  30. lena

    hi jessica, do you stay in texas? i’m going to get an air ticket there, enjoy the spring and eat your cupcakes! ha! They are so pretty, i love they way how these cupcakes sit on the liners and the frosting looks so velvety! very very nice!!

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh you are welcome at my house anytime! Come on over!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  31. Shawn

    Absolutely precious and I’m loving the fresh blossom! I’ve been looking at those pineapple flowers too but, haven’t made them either.

    Girl, where did you get those liners?

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Shawn I actually got them at Wal-mart. I was there getting some art stuff for my son and they were on the aisle before it in a random place like someone was insane and dropped them off there! Lucky me!They are wilton brand though if that helps!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  32. Bree

    Sounds amazing-Love the idea of the crushed pineapple!

    10 . Apr . 2012
  33. MaryAnn D

    What type of flowers are those?

    10 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I will have to ask my hubby MaryAnn! He is the gardener in our family. I just grabbed them off a bush and went with it:) LOL! I will let you know when he gets home!

      11 . Apr . 2012
  34. Charles

    Those just look wonderful – fabulous way to celebrate the coming of Spring! You can never have too many cupcakes 😀

    11 . Apr . 2012
  35. Joanne

    Ever since spring hit, I’ve had hummingbird cake on the brain. I love the idea of turning it into cupcakes AND of topping it with flowers. So cute!

    11 . Apr . 2012
  36. yummychunklet

    Such beautiful cupcakes! Great presentation!

    11 . Apr . 2012
  37. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Stunning photos! Don’t hate me but…I’ve never actually had a hummingbird cake or cupcake! Ahh! But now you have me inspired to go ahead and make my own!! They look amazing!

    11 . Apr . 2012
  38. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Those are beautiful Jessica! Truly perfect for spring!

    11 . Apr . 2012
  39. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    So pretty. Perfect for spring and so great that they are healthy too! 😉

    11 . Apr . 2012
  40. Mary

    What can I say!! these are just stunning!! I love the flavors also – beautiful, beautiful post!!
    Mary x

    11 . Apr . 2012
  41. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Those are so pretty! I love the cupcake liners.

    11 . Apr . 2012
  42. Pure Complex

    These cupcakes are definitely humming my way. And that frosting.. YUMMY.. I would definitely enjoy this dessert/snack 🙂

    11 . Apr . 2012
  43. ATasteOfMadness

    These are gorgeous! I always shy out of making cupcakes. I think I’ll screw something up. But I must at least try.

    11 . Apr . 2012
  44. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Oh Dear, those cupcakes are so beautiful! What a treat! Now I want something sweet!

    11 . Apr . 2012
  45. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Yum! Those cupcake liners are simply adorable 🙂

    11 . Apr . 2012
  46. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    How beautiful are these cupcakes?? I want some but I’m going to pin these first. 🙂

    12 . Apr . 2012
  47. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! Love the combination of banana, pineapple, and coconut in them. I like the cupcake liners too! 🙂

    12 . Apr . 2012
  48. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    What a stunning batch of spring cupcakes! These look so wonderful. Great job!

    12 . Apr . 2012
  49. The Food Hunter

    OMG! these are beautiful

    12 . Apr . 2012
  50. Eva Kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    I was sure I left a comment here, Jessica…that’s what you get when you do this at work, I get distracted by work!
    These are extremely beautiful and I adore the oven dried pineapple flower…I hope I can remember to make this recipe. Simply gorgeous!
    I hope your son is doing better.

    12 . Apr . 2012
  51. Geni

    Oh my. Those are fantastic. I am kind of glad you didn’t do the pineapple flowers. It’s nice to know you’re a regular gal Jessica. I can’t ever understand how people do those fancy things. I wish I could eat one of these right now and have a chat with you over coffee.

    12 . Apr . 2012
  52. Vicki Bensinger

    This hummingbird cake sounds fantastic. It sounds like a virgin banana colada. YUM! I’m saving this recipe to make at a later date.

    By the way I’m not sure what city you are from but I feel like I’ve met you before.

    12 . Apr . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh your right they do kind of sound and taste like a pins colada! I was born and raised in a small town called lake providence Louisiana but I now live in
      Houston Texas. Not sure if we have meet but how great it would be to meet over coffee one day and talk food:)

      13 . Apr . 2012
  53. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    Hummingbird cake? they surely look impressive. your description with the layers tempted me, sounds like dream!

    wish you a lovely weekend!

    13 . Apr . 2012
  54. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    Wow! SO beautifully done! These could be wedding cupcakes!

    13 . Apr . 2012
  55. Liz

    It’s been years since I’ve made this cake! I love the cupcake idea…especially with the cream cheese frosting piled on 🙂

    13 . Apr . 2012
  56. 2 sisters recipes

    Beautiful cupcakes, and wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!

    13 . Apr . 2012
  57. Baker Street

    These are so so pretty! Love the liners. Such perfect frosting. Love it! xx

    14 . Apr . 2012
  58. Amanda

    Well aren’t those the perfect welcome to spring! They are just adorable! I’ve never heard of hummingbird cake before, but sounds like I’d love it.

    15 . Apr . 2012
  59. Jo-Lyn

    I’ve seen lots of recipes of ‘Hummingbird’ cupcakes but haven’t tried them yet. I’m thinking it’s time…what do you think? -.- Your recipe sounds yummy!! I think I’ll go with it!! nom nom nom

    16 . Apr . 2012
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    Gabions / river mattresses / rockfall / avalanche protection / landscape gardening / road construction / underground and hydraulic engineering

    28 . Jun . 2013

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