Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The best and easiest Hummingbird Cake! A tender, flavorful cake packed with pineapple, bananas, pecans, and cinnamon. What’s even better? The cake is finished with a luscious and decadent cream cheese frosting. It’s the perfect cake for any holiday, occasion, or for when you’re just craving something sweet!

a slice of hummingbird cake on a small plate with the cake in the background

A version of this recipe has been in family for generations! I think the original recipe belonged to my grandmother.

Funnily enough, I had never tried the cake before last year.

But I’ll admit, I was very skeptical.

Bananas, pineapple, pecans, and cream cheese? I just couldn’t make sense of the combination in my head. I thought I was going to hate it.

That’s what I get for thinking, huh? I tried one bite and fell in love! This cake is so tender, sweet, nutty, creamy, and just the perfect cake. I love everything about it. I could just sit there and eat the whole cake.

Well, if I thought I could eat the whole cake without getting sick to my stomach because… that’s a lot of cake and it’s really not the healthiest thing in the world.

But a girl can dream!

hummingbird cake on a marble cake plate with chopped pecans on top

Do you know what’s the best part about this cake? Yes, there’s something even better than the flavor.

It’s the fact that this cake doesn’t even require a mixer. All you need is a few bowls, some measuring cups, and a spatula to mix the ingredients together. Talk about easy! It only takes about ten minutes to get the batter mixed and ready.

How to make a hummingbird cake

Start by preheating the oven and gathering the ingredients!

ingredients for hummingbird cake on a marble board

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Do not over mix!

wet and dry ingredients mixed together in a glass bowl

Gently stir in bananas, pineapple, and pecans.

Pour equal amounts of cake batter into greased and floured pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes test done.

does hummingbird cake need to be refrigerated

Actually, yes! While the cake can sit out on the counter for a day or so, I would definitely recommend putting it in the fridge. It’ll last so much longer and, if you’re worried about losing flavor, have no fear! This cake tastes just as great a few days later as it does the day you made it!

a slice of humming bird cake on a small plate with a fork

can you freeze hummingbird cake

Sure! Bake the cake layers in advance and freeze them individually. Just make sure to wrap them tightly to avoid freezer burn!

You can also make and frost the whole cake, and then freeze it. Just put your cake in the freezer for a few hours first. This is to make sure the frosting doesn’t stick to the the plastic wrap.

Oh! And whenever you want the cake, unwrap it before you get it out to thaw; otherwise, you’ll have a huge mess when the frosting comes off with the plastic wrap!

expert tips:

  • Make sure the bananas are overripe. This will provide the best flavor.
  • When measuring out the layers, use a scale for the best results.
  • Make sure to grease and flour your cake pans.
  • Don’t over bake the cake. Use a cake tester or a toothpick to see if the cake is done. If it comes away clean, the cake is done.
  • Chop a few extra pecans to decorate the cake with.

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humming bird cake with a slice on a plate on a concrete board.

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Traci
The best and easiest hummingbird cake! It's a perfectly tender and moist cake filled with pecans, pineapple, bananas, and cinnamon.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Southern
Servings 3 9-inch cake layers
Calories 819 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 4 bananas chopped
  • 1 cup pecans chopped

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 3 9-inch round pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  • Mix only until moistened. Do not beat!
  • Gently stir in bananas, pineapple, and pecans.
  • Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until it tests done.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in pans for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto cooling rack and allow to finish cooling.

Frosting:

  • Beat butter and cream cheese at high speed until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Add powdered sugar in small amounts, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla.

Notes

  • Make sure the bananas are overripe. This will provide the best flavor.
  • When measuring out the layers, use a scale for the best results.
  • Make sure to grease and flour your cake pans.
  • Don't over bake the cake. Use a cake tester or a toothpick to see if the cake is done. If it comes away clean, the cake is done.
  • Chop a few extra pecans to decorate the cake with.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 819kcalCarbohydrates: 94gProtein: 7gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 494mgFiber: 3gSugar: 67g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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