Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hummingbird Cupcakes for Birthdays (Dog and Human)

I've posted this recipe on here before, but as its my absolute favorite cake recipe (and that is saying a lot because I LOVE to bake).  In case you don't believe me I once made it for a pug party, as a treat for the humans, and 3 separate people came up to tell me they were the best cupcakes they ever had.  This weekend I made them for Weasley's first birthday.   Its certainly not a healthy recipe, for dogs or people, but I only let the dogs have half of one each and no one has ever had a problem, Im sure you could lighten it up if you like.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
makes 24 cupcakes 

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, with liquid
2 mashed bananas
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt with a whisk in a good sized bowl.
2. Beat eggs.
3. Add oil and vanilla to beaten eggs and mix until somewhat combined.
4. Add egg/oil/vanilla mixture to flour/sugar/baking soda/cinnamon/salt mixture.
5. Mix together pineapple, bananas, pecans until combined.
6. Add to the rest of ingredients and stir to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees for ~25 minutes until golden and a cake tester comes out clean.

This is a people recipe but nothing in it is bad for dogs.   For the dogs I frost them with vanilla yogurt but for people I use the Cream Cheese Icing recipe from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 lb (1 eight oz packages) cream cheese,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract 

3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar

Beat cream cheese and the butter with mixer until smooth,about 3 minutes.Add the vanilla extract.Gradually add the sugar and beat until well incorporated.


  1. Well, this tells you how bad I am...this looks kind of healthy to me because of the fruit & nuts.

  2. Hmmm and pineapple too , our fav. Printing it out right now. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. MMMM - delicious! Thank you for the recipe. Weasley is so photogenic. We love that little face.

    You are so right about the expense of having so many family members. We spend $170 biweekly on higher end kibble, plus I cook the 10lb bag of chicken leg quarters with a little tumeric and cinnamon in a crock pot for 24 hrs every 12 days. The only bones I have to remove after the cooking process are the leg and thigh bones. Everything else is mush. Each one gets a huge tablespoon of this over their breakfast and dinner feedings. Not to mention the vet bills, the monthly heartworm meds and flea control as needed. I call them my hobby - hey its cheaper than golf! LOL
    I bake our own doggie biscuits and just made 400 this past weekend.

    A dear friend taught me that if we are on a routine and stick to it, that taking care of them is a piece of cake. He is so right. It is as though each one has an internal clock and know what comes next.

    We want you to know how much we enjoy your blog.

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Phoebe, Lily, Paris, Punkin, Annabelle, and Lucy.

  4. Oh my Dog! They look and sound delicious. I love anything with bananas and nuts - and so does Dip. I will have to try this one!
    Lynne x

  5. ewww that sounds so good....um.........yummy......
    stella rose and mom

  6. you know I have a weakness for food. I don't understand why you could torture me like this. LOL.

    Belated happy first birthday, Weasley.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  7. Oh that looks so yummy, I bet her in doors would never let me have that..Perhaps on my birfday..I'z saved the recipe :) xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. Yum! Those cupcakes sound so good, I can see why they get so many compliments.

  9. Sounds pawsitively yummy. looks like Weasley agrees!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  10. Those sound delicious and I would eat a dozen myself! I wouldn't even give Scarlet a chance to get at them ;)

    Meredith & Scarlet

  11. Those sound pawsomely delicious - thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. yum! your dogs are so lucky! travis won't let me bake for ours! he is smart and knows i'd probably go over board, haha!

  13. What a lovely way to celebrate such an important event - Weasley needs lots of celebrating, he's such a lovely boy.

  14. The cupcakes look DEELISH. We'll have to make them one day :)

    We love your dogs and blog SO MUCH that we've nominated you for two awards. Check them out at our blog @usoncloud9.blogspot.com

  15. Oh! Those sound so tasty! I don't think I'll be able to share them with Koly & Fe though, I refuse!!

  16. You are soooo adorables in this photo and I know the cake was sooo good,

  17. Mom loves hummingbird cake. I am drooling just thinking about it.

    Loveys Sasha

  18. Ok, I don't cook except on a "must" basis but those sound pretty good to me!

  19. I just read about Tubby in your comment. That's just so sweet. Tubby is your wedding child.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  20. Mama say she savin this recipe an sharin witn the hoomans!

  21. Looks like it's Weasley's favorite too. YUM!