Day 228 – Hummingbird Cupcakes

16 Mar

So, every once in a while, I feel like a nice, fruity, not-completely-unhealthy cupcake.  You agree?  I’m not saying everyday (cause I LOVE my usual cupcakes), but occasionally.  And these Hummingbird Cupcakes (recipe below from Cake Journal) seem like a good option!  Coconut, pineapple, carrot and passionfruit.  Wait!  Passionfruit?  Well, now that’s just different…

Hummingbird-Cupcake-plain     Mini-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist and squishy. Very much like a banana muffin. They have lots of fruit/veggie chunks in them to break up the texture, which, to me adds to the muffin-esque quality. They have a nice spice-to-fruit ratio. You get a lot of the cinnamon and the banana, with some sweetness from the coconut and pineapple.


The frosting is extremely creamy and soft. It pipes really well, it’s just soft when you eat it. It’s got a very buttery flavor, with a wonderful punch from the passionfruit. Very different. Very tasty.

Hummingbird-Cupcake     Mini-Hummingbird

Together they have a very light, fruity taste. Surprisingly light and fluffy. These would be a great breakfast or brunch cupcake! Like a frosted muffin, but better.

Hummingbird-Cupcake-top     Mini-Hummingbird-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (not hard, just a lot of mashing, peeling, grating, etc.)
  • TOTAL: 19


Hummingbird Cupcakes (recipe from Cake Journal)


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbomate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 mashed bananas (medium size)
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut or sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup canned pineapple chunks or rings drained, cut into small pieces

Cream cheese icing:

  • 250 g cream cheese room temp
  • 100 g butter room temp
  • 120g icing sugar sifted
  • Juice of 2 passionfruit
  • Shredded fresh coconut topping

For directions visit Cake Journal.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes*

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