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Homemade Hummingbird Cake

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This classic and delicious Hummingbird Cake has been a favorite in our home for years. Everyone that tries it raves about this recipe. The cake is loaded with banana, pineapple, and nuts…then topped with a fantastic cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Despite its name, Hummingbird cake is not made from or for hummingbirds. It is a super moist, flavorful cake made from a simple recipe. Many speculate that the cake’s name is due to its sweetness, but the origin of the cake still remains a mystery.

Homemade Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Hummingbird Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups bananas, mashed (2-3 bananas)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 (8oz) packages of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 4-6 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • whole pecans for decorating

Homemade Hummingbird Cake Recipe1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

3. Cream together the eggs, oil, pineapple, mashed bananas, vanilla, and chopped pecans in another bowl. Still the creamed mixture into the dry mixture just until combined. Evenly divide the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Take one of the two cooled cakes and set it on a cutting board, along with a long piece of unwaxed, unflavored dental floss. Wrap the dental floss around the middle of the cake, then cross the two ends and pull. Insert a spatula between the two layers to separate.

5. As the cake cools, begin mixing the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl or mixer. Gradually add in the confectioners sugar. Mix until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

6. Transfer the first tier onto a cake platter and apply a layer of frosting. Repeat this process until all four layers are stacked. Use remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of your cake.

6. Decorate with the whole pecans.

Homemade Hummingbird Cake
 
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Serves: 10-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups bananas, mashed (2-3 bananas)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 4 (8oz) packages of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 4-6 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • whole pecans for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream together the eggs, oil, pineapple, mashed bananas, vanilla, and chopped pecans in another bowl. Still the creamed mixture into the dry mixture just until combined. Evenly divide the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Take one of the two cooled cakes and set it on a cutting board, along with a long piece of unwaxed, unflavored dental floss. Wrap the dental floss around the middle of the cake, then cross the two ends and pull. Insert a spatula between the two layers to separate.
  5. As the cake cools, begin mixing the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl or mixer. Gradually add in the confectioners sugar. Mix until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  6. Transfer the first tier onto a cake platter and apply a layer of frosting. Repeat this process until all four layers are stacked. Use remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of your cake.
  7. Decorate with the whole pecans.

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3 comments

  1. Yummy!

  2. Any suggestions on replacing the pineapple with something else? I’m allergic to pineapple.

  3. love love this cake. had never heard of it until moving to Florida but it’s now one of my favorites!