As a child, there was one thing my mamma made that never left me: hummingbird cake. The moist, delicious cake, slathered with cream cheese icing was something that I couldn’t get enough of. She only made it during the holidays, so it was an extra special treat that I looked forward to every year. Since I could eat my weight in the yumminess of it all – I borrowed her recipe to finally try it for myself. It’s every bit as good as I remembered. However, I didn’t do the three layer cake she always made, I went for my own version with these hummingbird cupcakes with whipped cream cheese frosting. Portion control, people.
I have to admit: buying a new stand mixer has turned me into a baking fool. I’ve been making bread from scratch, cookies almost daily, and… well…. anything that’ll let me get my baking fix. It’s a full blown addiction. And I may need rehab.
3 very ripe bananas
1 cup crushed pineapple, with juice
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
In a mixer, with the whisk attachment, put in the bananas and whip until smashed. Add in the pineapple, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add them to the wet mixture until all is combined. Lastly, add the pecans and mix one more time to combine
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 36 cupcakes. Set them aside to cool and make your whipped cream cheese frosting.
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
One 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1/4 cup of half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of powered sugar
Whip together the butter, cream cheese, half and half and vanilla, mix until incorporated, then whip on high for 2-3 minutes until mixture becomes fluffier. With the mixer on low, mix in the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until incorporated. Whip again on high for 3-4 minutes, and the frosting will become airy and fluffy. Put in piping bag and frost the cupcakes (once cooled.)
The light and airy cream cheese frosting on top of the rich hummingbird cupcake is out of this world amazing. And… If you’re looking for a food gift, this one is a crowd pleaser every single time.