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I bought a giant tub of multi-purpose cake mix for my daughters first birthday last year. I made about three dozen frosted cupcakes for the party. But after that, I put it in the top of my pantry and forgot about it.
It’s getting close to the use by date and I feel that I need to use it up. The giant tub makes about 12 full sized cakes or about 144 cupcakes. I should get another three cakes or three dozen cupcakes from it.
There are so many simple ways to improve a box cake mix. From adding extra eggs, swapping oil for butter or adding chocolate chips, it is so easy to take a plain cake mix from blah to wow. Keep reading to find out how I made nut-free hummingbird muffins from this box cake mix.

Box Cake Mix Tips

Today I decided to make hummingbird muffins. Unbeknownst to me, they normally contain nuts. Which I didn’t have. And if I’m totally honest I made the muffins first, then looked up what goes in hummingbird cake! So I have decided to call this recipe nut-free hummingbird muffins. For me, the main thing that makes it hummingbird flavour is the pineapple and the banana. Both of which are incredibly present.
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Nut-free Hummingbird Muffins

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 serves


  • 1 box vanilla or butter cake mix
  • 3 bananas
  • 432 g tin of pineapple drained


  1. Preheat oven as per box instructions.

  2. Add the bananas and pineapple to a stand mixer and mix until broken up.

  3. Add the contents of the cake mix to the stand mixer and continue to follow cooking instructions on the box.

  4. For muffins/cupcakes bake for 12-15 minutes.

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