Irresistible Hummingbird Cake Recipe

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delicious hummingbird cake

How To Make A Hummingbird Cake

An odd name for a cake right? It doesn’t contain hummingbirds. It does have a lot of delicious sweetness that a hummingbird might light, but it’s not overly sweet either. Every time I see this recipe, I smile and I want to make it, or make it into cupcakes.

What Ingredients Go Into This Cake?

  • yellow box cake
  • package of instant pudding mix
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • ground cinnamon
  • mashed bananas
  • softened cream cheese
  • powder sugar
  • crushed pineapples
  • chopped pecans
  • vanilla extract
  • softened butter

Is This an Easy Recipe to Make?

This recipe is a little complicated (in my opinion) because you are mashing bananas. Maybe it’s the longer list of ingredients and I forget to bring them all out when I’m baking and I’m running around the kitchen. I like a short list of ingredients when I’m baking. But this hummingbird cake is worth the effort. It’s a bit like an ambrosia salad with all the different fruits you use to make it.

mixing hummingbird cake

Can I Add Maraschino Cherries?

Maraschino cherries are definitely possible with this cake. The wet fruits can cause the cake to become soggy, so drain well.

delicious hummingbird cake

What Kind of Frosting Is Used on This Cake?

We are using a cream cheese frosting. It’s simple and easy to pull together. Just for ingredients. Cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powder sugar.

hummingbird cake frosting

Why Is My Cake Melting And Falling Apart?

You have to let the cake cool completely before frosting. If you don’t, the frosting will melt into the cake, causing the cake to slide.

easy hummingbird cake recipe

Have you made this before and what differences are in your recipe?  I would like this into form next time with my changes.

piece of hummingbird cake
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Hummingbird Cake

Want to make a fun cake with a unique name? Check out how to make a hummingbird cake. An old fashion recipe to enjoy at your next family party.
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 small package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ripe mashed banana
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple well drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish


  • 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Preheat your oven to 350℉ 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.


  • Whipped the softened cream cheese and butter, creaming them together.
  • Mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Whip together until creamy and smooth.
  • 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.
  • Cover the entire cake with frosting (or leave the edges exposed (your preference)
  • Garnish the top with pecans. 
Want to make a fun cake with a unique name? Check out how to make a hummingbird cake. An old fashion recipe to enjoy at your next family party.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. We make a Hummingbird cake every Christmas. I have an old recipe used by my husband’s family. It’s so good.

  4. 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!

    1. It’s definitely a recipe to change to suit your needs. Think of it as a sponge-banana-split cake…delicious!

  5. 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,

  6. 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!!

    1. So glad to hear that you liked it! Glad Mr. Picky liked it to. Always great when you find something they will eat!

  7. 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. 🙂

    1. I’m not talented enough to draw anything period. But bake, I can manage. It was delicous! Enjoy!

  8. Wow! this looks amazing! makes me want to dive in for a bite. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow – I’m impressed – that looks delicious!

  10. looks yummy!! 🙂 I love hummingbird cake!

  11. I have never herd of this cake before, so I have no suggestions. I like the idea of pineapple though sounds yummy!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  12. I’ve never made it but It looks pretty good–I’m not fond of toasted coconut, but everthing else YUM!!!!

    1. I think you could toss out what you didn’t want from the recipe to make it like you want.

  13. 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..

  14. 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…. :))

    1. Thanks! I love crushed pineapple, so the frosting was delicious all on its own.

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