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hummingbird cake

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is a two (or three) layer cake made with bananas, pineapple, and nuts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Hummingbird Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cookie Madness


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 380 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar 400 grams
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 pound cream cheese softened
  • 2 sticks 8 oz butter (unsalted, softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch or two of salt – omit if using regular salted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 9-inch round cake pans with flour-added cooking spray or rub with shortening and dust with flour.
  • Stir flour, soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl; add eggs, oil and vanilla, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in pineapple, pecans, and bananas.
  • Pour batter into cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Prepare cream cheese frosting. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy - taste after adding 2 cups. Add more sugar if you prefer it to be sweeter. Beat in vanilla. Add a pinch of salt if using unsalted butter.
  • Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top.


While it might be tempting to cut the oil, the results won't be quite as good. The cake will be less flaky and more like banana bread. For best results, stick with the original 1 1/2 cups oil.