Rating: 4.62 stars
202 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 146
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1

Impress your friends with this Hummingbird Cake--a recipe that has been 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.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
2 - 9 inch cake pans
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Add flour mixture, and mix together by hand.

  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of each pan comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool on racks.

  • Prepare the frosting by blending together the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Evenly spread frosting on middle, sides and top of cake.

Nutrition Facts

719 calories; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 86.4g; fat 40g; cholesterol 69.9mg; sodium 342.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (161)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
Very very yummy!!! I made it for Christmas and it relatively easy- the only time consuming thing was figuring out how many bananas equalled 2 cups and actually mashing the bananas (use approx. 5 med-large bananas and a potato masher). Otherwise, very easy to make. Reminded me of one of my grand- mother's cakes, but this was better! I'll be passing it along! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2007
I had made this a few years ago and loves it but using this recipe it tasted like a really good bananna bread with frosting. Not a bad recipe at all just not what I was aiming for. Read More
(21)
202 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 146
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
Very very yummy!!! I made it for Christmas and it relatively easy- the only time consuming thing was figuring out how many bananas equalled 2 cups and actually mashing the bananas (use approx. 5 med-large bananas and a potato masher). Otherwise, very easy to make. Reminded me of one of my grand- mother's cakes, but this was better! I'll be passing it along! Read More
(148)
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Hummingbird cake started life as a spice cake with banana and pineapple. This cake was made more delicious by adding 1t cinnamon and 1t alspice. Also, to enhance the banana flavor I processed the bananas in a blender. For some reason this releases more banana flavor into the cake. This is a moist and rich treat! Read More
(130)
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2007
This recipe is great. Try replacing the oil with applesauce for a healthier version. My family prefers the applesauce-version on taste alone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2012
This was a very, very yummy cake! What a nice surprise. I read about this cake in a culinary novel and wanted to try it. I thought it would be a nice change from our traditional Easter carrot cake...and...it was! I took some of the tips and added a half cup of shredded coconut to the batter. I also added a middle layer of coconut, pineapple and sliced bananas on top of the icing. I decorated the top with more shredded coconut and more chopped walnuts. It was the hit of Easter and the day after...we had to remove it from the table so my cousin would stop eating it! My only suggestion is to bake the cake at 325, not 350...that's too high. The bottom and sides came out a bit darker than I'd like. But it was still delish! Red Velvet move over...Hummingbird is becoming my new signature cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2003
A friend made it for my birthday. Having gotten rather tired of Banana Nut Muffins (too fake tasting), I was delighted at how good this cake is. She did press nuts into the frosting. It was HEAVEN, and we will make it again. Very fresh banana taste, very moist, and no big wet pineapple chunks. Blended right in. Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2011
This cake was very good. I did make changes, so if you're a purist, read no further..I used 4 very soft, overripe bananas, and a large can of crushed pineapple that I thoroughly DRAINED and used paper towels to get out the remaining juice. I also used a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to give it some interest. I did not cover it in the cream cheese frosting, but instead made a drizzle of 4 T butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and about a cup of confectionary sugar. I sprinkled chopped pecans over the top of the drizzled cake. It was excellent. In fact, if you and your family can wait, I suggest letting it sit for a couple of days (mine is in a domed cake plate) as it gets even better with age (a lot like banana bread). I will definately be using this slightly modified recipe again and again, as only half of my family will eat bananas, but not a one had trouble gobbling up this cake!!! try it out! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2011
THIS IS A VERY DESIRABLE CAKE AT ALL OF OUR CHURCH SUPPERS AND HOMECOMINGS. EVERYONE WANTS THE RECIPE. USE VERY RIPE BANANAS IN THE CAKE. RIPE BANANAS ARE SWEETER. YOU CAN ALSO BAKE THE CAKE IN A LOAF PAN FOR HAWAIIAN BANANA BREAD. YOU CAN GLAZE THE LOAF OR NOT,IT'S YOUR CHOICE. VERY DELECTABLE AND G-O-O-D. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2007
I usually bake this in a tube pan and I add a dash of cinnamon to the batter. Pre-made cream cheese frosting works well with this cake. It is delicious! Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2012
This is an old old recipe....originally called Bird Cake or Dr. Bird cake. The original recipe is exactly the same but with 1 cup of oil instead. I make mine in a 9 x 13 inch pan or I make Bird Bread in loaf pans. Read More
(21)
Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2007
I had made this a few years ago and loves it but using this recipe it tasted like a really good bananna bread with frosting. Not a bad recipe at all just not what I was aiming for. Read More
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