how to make a hummingbird cake
Let me start by telling you that this hummingbird cake is not something to be made days in advance. It is a cake that should be made the day of the event, unless you can refrigerate it. And it is so delicious.
I think the first sign of Spring is when the hummingbirds are back. Then you know warm weather is here to stay. This is a great recipe to serve at holidays like Easter as well as Summer parties.
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small package vanilla instant pudding mix
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ripe mashed banana
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 – (16-ounce container of whipped topping, thawed
1 – 6-ounce jar red maraschino cherries, drained and chopped, reserving 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish
1 – 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup chopped pecans, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish
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Preheat your oven to 350F while making the batter.
In a large bowl, add the cake mix, pudding, water, eggs, cinnamon and vegetable oil. Mix with a mixer until well incorporated.
If you haven’t already, mash the banana with a fork and add the banana into the batter.
Spray the round cake pans with cooking oil and divide the batter into equal parts (as best you can), and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done.
Once done baking, allow to cool. You will want to cut each circle in half, so there are 4 pieces.
Mix the soft cream cheese and sugar until mixed.
You can then add the whipped cream and incorporate.
Add the chopped cherries, nuts and well drained pineapple.
As a personal preference, I put the frosting in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
Take a piece of the cake and lay it cut side up. Spread 1/4 of the frosting mix, getting it to the edge of the cake.
Repeat this 2 more times with the layers of cake.
I use a rounded top piece for the top piece and place it baked side up and cover it with frosting.
Garnish the top with cherries and nuts. Serve and enjoy!
Have you made this before and what differences are in your recipe? I would like this into form next time with my changes.
That looks delicious! The coconut is a nice touch.
Eat Travel Life says
It is yummy. Great for that special time or just because you want cake! 🙂
Angela Stinnett says
I must admit, I’ve never heard of a Humming Bird Cake but it looks amazing! This looks like it could be a great cake for the Holidays, yummy but different. I so easily tire of the same old recipes & am constantly looking for something unusual. I think this fits the bill. Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try it.
It’s something to have at holidays and special occasions to really cherish its deliciousness.
this looks so good. i am going to make it thanks
RANDY FULGHAM says
NEVER HEARD OF THIS CAKE –BUT LOOKS AND SOUNDS GOOD….
It’s like a banana split on cake! Enjoy!
Peggy Bolling says
I have been looking for something different to make for the holidays. This seems pretty easy to follow. I want to say thank you so much for sharing this with us! Have a great holiday!
Thanks Peggy. I hope you enjoy this at your holiday dinner!
We make a Hummingbird cake every Christmas. I have an old recipe used by my husband’s family. It’s so good.
A great cake to have for Christmas!
Would’t it be great if we could do a virtual taste test before we bake? Then we could really enjoy our first run through.
I write in my cookbooks now with changes like you noted so I can fine tune the recipe.
Thanks for sharing!
It’s definitely a recipe to change to suit your needs. Think of it as a sponge-banana-split cake…delicious!
Cross Moms says
Oh WOW! This looks absolutely scrumptious! I had never even heard of it before! Will be trying it ASAP–probably without the cinnamon. 😉
Thank you for sharing this on NOBH!
Love and God Bless,
It is a very delicious cake, enjoy!
I made this for dinner tonight, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!
So glad to hear that you liked it! Glad Mr. Picky liked it to. Always great when you find something they will eat!
Nicole Anderson says
Hearing the word Hummingbird, I thought it has the Hummingbird as a design. Silly me. Anyway, it does look delicious especially because of the toasted sweetened coconut. Coconuts are love. 🙂
I’m not talented enough to draw anything period. But bake, I can manage. It was delicous! Enjoy!
Wow! this looks amazing! makes me want to dive in for a bite. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!
Let me know how you like it!
Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com says
Wow – I’m impressed – that looks delicious!
It was very good I had to hide it to keep from eating it.
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Thanks for coming back. Let me know how you like the cake!
Kristina @From City Corporate to Suburb Mama says
looks yummy!! 🙂 I love hummingbird cake!
How do you make it, the same way or another variation?
Yummy! Love the addition of the toasted coconut
It was super delicious!
[email protected] says
I have never herd of this cake before, so I have no suggestions. I like the idea of pineapple though sounds yummy!
Some have told me it’s kinda like having a banana split cupcake. So whatever you want on your banana split, you can have on your cupcake. Not so sure about chocolate syrup though.
Pamela / Pamela's Heavenly Treats says
This looks so good!! Bookmarking!
Yes it is Pam. Maybe you can post a cupcake version. I was thinking of making a hole in the middle and adding the frosting in that way.
This looks so delicious. How much more if I could taste it.
About 30 minutes when you bake it. 🙂 Enjoy!
Pamela R says
I’ve never made it but It looks pretty good–I’m not fond of toasted coconut, but everthing else YUM!!!!
I think you could toss out what you didn’t want from the recipe to make it like you want.
Nobody could just resist sweets.
This looks new to me and I haven’t heard about this before.. I guess I need to give this try.. Thanks for the idea..
You are welcome!
Marine Wife says
It looks and sounds amazing… Wish I had something like that here at home right now, it would curb that sweet tooth craving. I can’t seem to find anything here to help with it right now…. :))
Thanks! I love crushed pineapple, so the frosting was delicious all on its own.