Hummingbird Cake

A slice of hummingbird cake is removed and on a plate, in front of the remaining whole cake.

Hummingbird Cake is as sweet as the cute little bird it is named after. Cinnamon, bananas, mixed nuts, and pineapple are mixed together in this easy-to-make dessert cake.

You can use any variety of nuts you like, but the recipe suggests using half pecans and half walnuts. For even more flavor, lightly toast the nuts in the oven until just fragrant.

If you’re using self-rising flour, leave out the baking soda. If they’re available, use extra-large eggs. You can top the cake with a cream cheese frosting, or serve it plain, both ways are common. 

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A whole frosted hummingbird cake with a slice removed and on a plate.
Hummingbird Cake is as sweet as it sounds. Cinnamon, bananas, mixed nuts, and pineapple are mixed together in this easy to make dessert.
A whole frosted hummingbird cake sits on a white plate in a pile of leaves.
You can use any variety of nuts you like, but The Cooking Comedian suggests using half pecans and half walnuts.
A slice of hummingbird cake is removed and on a plate, in front of the remaining whole cake.
You can top the cake with a cream cheese frosting, or serve plain. 

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

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A slice of hummingbird cake is removed and on a plate, in front of the remaining whole cake.
Hummingbird Cake is as sweet as the cute little bird it is named after. Cinnamon, bananas, mixed nuts, and pineapple are mixed together in this easy-to-make dessert cake.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour 10 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 11 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple with juice

Equipment

  • 10-inch (25cm) cake pan or two 9-inch (23cm) pans

Directions

  • Grease and flour a 10-inch (25cm) cake pan or two 9-inch (23cm) pans. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. 
  • Add the bananas, nuts, oil, eggs, and pineapple with juices.
  • Stir until well mixed, either using a beater or by hand.
  • Bake for 70 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 647kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 8gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 331mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 3gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

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