Southern Hummingbird Cakes with Salted Caramel

The banana-pineapple spice cake with some southern charm is topped with a smooth cinnamon cream cheese frosting, candied pecans, and drizzled with buttery salted caramel.
By Kathleen Siegle


These are baked with the same batter from my Hummingbird Coffee cake (see the link to the delicious recipe below), so they’re super moist and full of comforting flavors from the banana, cinnamon, and pecans. What goes best with Hummingbird Cake? Cream cheese frosting of course, and I spiked it with cinnamon. I made a sweet little pool of salted caramel in the frosting. See the little candied pecans swimming in that luscious pool of salted caramel? You know you wish you were that pecan. I certainly do.



Looking for more hummingbird? Try this recipe for a hummingbird coffee cake.

Southern Hummingbird Cakes with Salted Caramel
The banana-pineapple spice cake with southern charm is topped with smooth cream cheese frosting, candied pecans, and drizzled with buttery salted caramel. Cupcakes adapted from Southern Living and pecans from Natasha's Kitchen.
Recipe Type: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 mashed banana
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8oz package of softened (full fat) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Salted Caramel
Candied Pecans
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs until beaten. Mix in the oil, vanilla, pineapple, banana, and pecans. Don't beat, just mix until combined.
  4. Then gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful to not over mix.
  5. Fill your cupcake liners ? full and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an insert toothpick come out clean.
  6. Allow to cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in sugar one cup at a time and add a little cream if necessary.
  3. Add cinnamon and beat on high for 3 minutes until super light and fluffy.
Candied Pecans
  1. On medium heat, cook the pecans, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter in a medium non-stick pan.
  2. Heat for 5 minutes while continually stirring pecans to coat them with the butter and sugar, and prevent from burning.)
  3. Immediately transfer to parchment paper with a spatula to prevent them from sticking together in clumps.
  4. Let them cool completely.
  5. Frost the cupcakes and drizzle with salted caramel before topping with the pecans.


Kathleen Siegle

I’m Kathleen and this is where I explore my sweet tooth and share it with you. I’m not gonna lie. Sweets make my heart flutter. Gooey chocolate chip cookies. Cupcakes with mile high frosting. I won’t even turn down fruit cake! Other things that make my heart flutter are my two beautiful children and of course my lovely husband. We’ve been married for almost 10 years and I can honestly say he’s my best friend. I love all things vintage, pretty, and retro and could spend hours lost in an antique shop. My newest venture is collecting vintage cookbooks. Are the recipes really as disgusting as the unappetizing photography? I remember using my mother’s “Cooky Book” by Betty Crocker circa 1963 when I was a wee one. I decorated those sugar cookie cut outs in a way only a mother could love. The memories of helping her bake in the kitchen will stay with me forever. I remember the smells, the love I felt, and of course the eating! So now I’m passing this hobby down to my little ones. A few things about me: I’m a super geek. I love Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica and all things Disney and Harry Potter. I Love Lucy is on at my house. At all times. Or at least in my little head. I listen to Christmas tunes all day every day from August to January. I have moved an average of 2.5 times per year in the last 10. We’re fancified carnies! I was in beauty pageants all through elementary school. I grow up on the street that Punky Brewster lived on. We were pals. I sometimes listen to 1920’s jazz while I shower. I’m a weirdo. I’m a full time massage therapist for Walt Disney World. And…I always cry when I laugh.

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