Hummingbird Cake


This hummingbird cake recipe is easy to make. Impress your friends with this delicious cake passed down through many generations. If desired, crush additional nuts and press them into the sides of the frosting, and put sliced maraschino cherries on top of the cake to gild the lily.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
2 9-inch cake pans



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups mashed bananas

  • 1 ½ cups canola oil

  • 1 cup chopped black walnuts

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • 3 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ pound butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

  2. Make cake: Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine bananas, oil, walnuts, pineapple, and eggs in another large bowl; mix well. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each pan comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow cakes to cool on wire racks.

  4. Meanwhile, make frosting: Beat together confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.

  5. Evenly spread frosting on the middle, sides, and top of cooled cake.

    close up view of a Hummingbird Cake with a slice missing
    Danielle K.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

719 Calories
40g Fat
86g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 719
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 231mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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