Hummingbird Cake

9 Nov

I love cream cheese frosting.  As far as I’m concerned, you could smother it on a dirty old shoe, and it would be delicious.  But, luckily, I don’t have to put it on a shoe, because I made Hummingbird Cake.  If you’ve never had Hummingbird Cake, you haven’t lived.  It is a Southern tradition, and Southern Living magazine boasts that it is their most requested recipe.  It is basically a banana cake with a sweet surprise of pineapple and toasted pecans.  The origins of the name of this cake are unknown, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s because this cake is as sweet as nectar.

The recipe from Southern Living is for a three layer cake, using 3 9-inch rounds, but I don’t have 3, I only have two.  So, I divided it up between two, and used my small square cake pan for the remainder.  I’ll probably surprise some lucky person with their own personal square of Hummingbird cake.


  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 3  large eggs, beaten
  • 1  cup  vegetable oil
  • 1 ½  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1  (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1  cup  chopped pecans (plus more for garnishing – toasted, of course)
  • 2  cups  chopped bananas


  • 1 eight ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter (room temp)
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar (add more for a stiffer icing)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 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.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle ½ cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe: Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook, Southern Living, JANUARY 1999


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