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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

A sweet and sinful cake that is loaded with pineapple and banana to keep it moist and topped with perfect cream cheese frosting. It’s like someone took Grandma’s best banana bread up a notch. A big notch. And you’re gunna want a slice. 

Hummingbird Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts

It’s hard to imagine not enjoying cake. It seems lately that I am learning to enjoy the simple things a lot more often than I would have ever allowed myself a few years ago. I am not sure if it’s age or a little more security financially, but an extra slice of cake after dinner is something I will no longer turn down. Especially if it’s home made.

Hummingbird cake is a southern classic and something I had never tried being just above the Mason-Dixon line. I had seen it here and there in classic recipe collections and magazines and finally decided to give it a go. Damn, those Southerner’s know a thing or two about cake. Remember a few weeks ago when I declared Tres Leches Cake my favorite cake ever? Yeah, apparently I had forgotten my love affair with cream cheese frosting. Silly me. This recipe for Hummingbird Cake came right from the source, Cook’s Country, and did not disappoint. If anything, this cake never stood a chance.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Hummingbird Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts


For the Cake

  • 2 8 oz cans crushed pineapple in juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teas baking powder
  • 1 teas baking soda
  • 1 teas cinnamon
  • 1 teas salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 2 teas vanilla

For the Frosting (mmm frosting)

  • 28 tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/4 teas vanilla
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 20 oz cream cheese, chilled and cut into 20 pieces
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
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  1. Make the cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 9" cake pans. Line each pan with a round cut out of parchment paper and grease again. Set aside.
  2. Drain the pineapple over a strainer so that you can reserve the juice. Press gently to make sure to get most of the juice out.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the juice until reduced to 1/3 cup. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until combined. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk the sugar and eggs quickly. Add the oil and mix to combine. Add the bananas, pecans, vanilla, pineapple chunks, and reduced pineapple juice. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until nice and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before flipping and discarding the parchment paper. Let cakes cool completely, at least 2 hours.
  7. Make the frosting: Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in the clean bowl of your stand mixer (I mix the confectioners' sugar in 1/2 cup at a time to avoid mess). Mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Bump the speed up to medium and add the cream cheese, one piece at a time until all 20 pieces have been incorporated, stopping to scrape down the sides every so often. Best until smooth 2 minutes.
  8. Spread a huge dollop of frosting over the bottom layer of the cake. Top with the second layer and smooth the remaining frosting evenly over the entire cake. Add the remaining 1/3 cup taosted pecans to the top and allow to set in fridge at least 2 hours before slicing to serve.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts



Sunday 14th of June 2015

The cake looks stunning Kita!


Monday 8th of June 2015

Dear Kita, what a gorgeous cake. This sounds delightful. I don't think I have ever tried a Hummingbird cake before, but I love the sound of it and the title too. xo, Catherine

Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

Friday 5th of June 2015

Kita, this is a beautiful cake! It's so pretty, I'm not sure I could eat it - I'd just want to look at it all day. Mmm... who am I kidding? I'd love to do a face plant in this, and eat my way out. :-) Pinned!

dixya | food, pleasure, and health

Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

i have never tried this cake but it looks so damn good!


Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

Wow, what an inspiring post! The cake looks simply amazing. I never tried a Hummingbird Cake before. But looking at these beautiful pictures, I definitely have to give it a shot. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

Warm wishes, Amelie

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