Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

64 Reviews 15 Pics
Recipe by  MARBALET

“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 "guild the lily."”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 2 - 9 inch cake pans



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Add flour mixture, and mix together by hand.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool on racks.
  5. 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.

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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!



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!



This recipe is great. Try replacing the oil with applesauce for a healthier version. My family prefers the applesauce-version on taste alone.

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Amount Per Serving (15 total)

  • Calories
  • 719 cal
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 40 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs
  • 86.4 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 342 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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