Hummingbird Cupcakes

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Hummingbird cupcakes recipe

For one of our monthly Supper Club sessions, which I look forward to every month, I brought Hummingbird Cupcakes adapted from this delicious Taste of Home cupcake recipe.  The reason I made my own adaptations was because the original recipe calls for an insane amount of sugar. Mine’s just a healthier (and still wonderfully tasty!) version of these delicious cupcakes.
Hummingbird Cupcake RecipeHummingbird cupcakes recipe 


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 whole mashed ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup drained canned crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, stir softened butter, applesauce and sugar until mixed completely. Add in eggs one at a time, and beat in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine banana and pineapple.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately and slowly stir in spoon fulls of the mashed banana and pineapple. Fold in coconut and pecans.
  3. Line muffin tin with paper liners and fill two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cupcakes are lightly browned. Set aside and let cool completely before frosting… if you frost too soon, this yummy frosting will slide right off!
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, almond utter and softened unsalted butter until fluffy. Sprinkle in cinnamon and add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  5. Frost those delicious cupcakes and enjoy! I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of the frosted cupcakes for added color.

Yield: about 2 dozen cupcakes.


Need more baking ideas? Check out the recipes for these other tasty treats:

easy cornbread recipe cowboy cookies in a mason jar mini cherry cheesecake recipe with nilla wafers

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