Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple Mascarpone Frosting

Celebrate baby showers, birthdays and everything between with our bite-size version of the popular Hummingbird Cake. Spice cupcakes are treated to a fluffy mascarpone and cream cheese frosting. Simply elegant!

Wisconsin Cheese Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple Mascarpone Frosting Recipe
Active Time
50 Minutes
2 Dozen


Hummingbird Cupcakes:

Pineapple Mascarpone Frosting:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cream Cheese or Mascarpone can be used in this recipe.


Hummingbird Cupcakes:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a large bowl. Whisk the pineapple, canola oil, eggs and vanilla in another large bowl. Whisk in bananas and pecans until blended. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Fill each paper-lined muffin cup with a 1/4 cup batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. 
  4. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove a 1-inch wide by 1-inch deep core from the top of each cupcake. Save cake pieces for different recipe.

Pineapple Mascarpone Frosting:

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of juice. Cream butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in mascarpone and reserved pineapple juice until blended. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, beating each addition until combined. Beat frosting on high for 1 minute. Transfer half of frosting to a pastry bag; insert 1m tip. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
  2. Fold crushed pineapple into remaining frosting. Fill each cupcake with heaping teaspoonful of crushed pineapple frosting. Pipe remaining frosting on cupcakes. Refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Tip

Take care not to overmix your cupcake batter. Stir wet into dry ingredients just until moistened for light and airy cupcakes.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Mascarpone is a rich, buttery fresh cheese with no preservatives, and it should be eaten soon after the container is opened.

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