Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

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My grandma liked to make Hummingbird Cake. It was one of our family favorites. It’s easy to make and a great way to use those ripening bananas sitting on the counter.

Serving Hummingbird Cake

I have no idea what it has to do with hummingbirds. After a quick search on the Internet I learned that this recipe first appeared in Southern Living Magazine in 1978, and was named Hummingbird Cake because it is so very sweet and delightful.

 

Hummingbird Cake is Perfect for Potluck Dinners

Hummingbird cake is sweet, and moist, and a perfect choice for family gatherings or your next potluck dinner at church.

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh, and the cream cheese frosting with pecans is to die for. I mean, really, it might be my favorite. No scraping off the frosting on this cake. You’ll want to eat it all. Every bite.

In fact, I think I have some bananas sitting on the counter that I should probably use . . . I should probably bake this cake right now so we can eat it after supper.

Ingredients Needed to Make Hummingbird Cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • ground cinnamon
  • large eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract
  • mashed bananas
  • crushed pineapple (undrained)
  • chopped pecans or English walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • cream cheese, softened
  • powdered sugar
  • butter, softened
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • chopped pecans or English walnuts

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare your Ingredients

Mash the bananas with a blending fork or a potato masher.

Chop the nuts. Pecans or English walnuts work well with this recipe. Use whichever you have in your cabinet.

I like to use a food chopper to chop any nuts I use in my recipes. It takes little effort and always gives me the desired consistency.

Do not drain your pineapple. You want all that wonderful juice for this recipe.

 

Mixing the Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix together until moistened.

The batter will be rather stiff at this point. 

Add the mashed bananas, undrained pineapple, and chopped nuts

Pour batter into an oblong baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Preparing Pans for Baking

You may also use 2 round 9-inch baking pans if you prefer. If you choose this method, grease and flour your pans or use circles of waxed paper,  for easy release.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and tests done in the center with a toothpick. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Cooling Cake on Wire Racks

If using round pans, allow the cake to cool 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

 

Preparing the Frosting

In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, softened butter, whole milk and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended, about 2-3 minutes.

Hummingbird Cake using Sheet Pan

Spread frosting on cake. Sprinkle the top with chopped nuts.

This recipe will serve 15 people.

See more Cake Recipes Here. And here are a Few Ways to Use Those Bananas.

Recipe for Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Here is a recipe my grandma liked to make. I have no idea what it has to do with hummingbirds, but it's very tasty.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bananas, Cakes, Cream Cheese Frosting, Crushed Pineapple, Layer Cakes, Pecans, Sheet Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cool:: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 18

Equipment

Nut Chopper
Blending Fork
KitchenAid Mixer
9" Cake Pans

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 8 oz. undrained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients.
    Using a blending fork or potato masher, mash the bananas. Chop the nuts with a knife or nut chopper.

Mixing the Cake Batter

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon.
  • Add large eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Mix together until moistened. (The batter will be rather stiff at this point.)
  • Add the mashed bananas, undrained pineapple, and chopped pecans or English walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into an oblong baking pan sprayed with cooking spray or 2 round 9-inch cake pans lined with waxed paper.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and cake tests done in the center with a toothpick. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Preparing the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, softened butter, whole milk and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Spread frosting on cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Serves 15.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
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2 thoughts on “Hummingbird Cake”

  • 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Such a good way to use bananas, and love the texture from the pineapple and nuts as well, and the delicious cream cheese frosting!!

    • We’ve been making Hummingbird Cake for many years. It’s just as I remember it from my childhood.

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