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hummingbird cake

★★★★☆ 4
a recipe by
tammy chastain
panama city , FL

I just love this cake recipe. I make it for Easter and Mother's Day. My family loves it as well. It is simple, easy and your family and friends will love it also.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This hummingbird cake uses a cake mix as its base so it's easy for a baker of any level to prepare. Hummingbird cakes are typically a layered cake, and we love how this is a sheet cake version. It has wonderful flavors of pineapple and banana with notes of cinnamon throughout. Crunchy pecans and a creamy cream cheese frosting are a nice contrast. It's an easy and delicious semi-homemade cake that is perfect for springtime.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For hummingbird cake

  • 2 box
    Duncan Hines yellow cake mixes
  • 6
  • water for mixing cake mixes, go by directions on boxes
  • use melted butter for cake mixes instead of oil, for amount go by directions on box
  • 1 can
    crushed pineapple, 20 oz., drained
  • 3
    bananas, cut and smashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 dash
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese softened, 8 oz.
  • 1 pkg
    confectioners' sugar, 16 oz.
  • 1 stick
    salted butter, softened
  • 1-2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make hummingbird cake

Test Kitchen Tips
Note: If you want to bake this in a 9x13 pan, cut the recipe in half or use two baking pans.
  • Spraying a pan with non-stick spray.
    Heat oven to 350 and grease a large square cake pan (like 12x18). If you do not have a 12x18 pan, a 9x13 will work. Just cut all the ingredients in half.
  • Mixing the cake mix ingredients together.
    First, mix cake mixes according to directions on the boxes except use melted butter in place of oil. Also, add vanilla extract.
  • Pineapple, smashed bananas, cinnamon, salt, and pecans in a bowl.
    Next add pineapple, smashed bananas, cinnamon, salt, and pecans.
  • Mixing all the ingredients together.
    Mix all this together well.
  • Cake after being baked in the oven.
    Pour into pan and cook for 25 to 30 min or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let cool and ice with cream cheese frosting.
  • Cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla in a bowl for frosting.
    For frosting, add cream cheese to mixing bowl. Add butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Slowly adding milk to the frosting.
    Add milk, a little a the time, to get the consistency you want it to be.
  • Frosting the cake.
    Then frost cake after it cools and enjoy.