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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Old-Fashioned Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is an old-fashioned three-layer banana pineapple spice cake, popular in the Southern United States.

Hummingbird Cake is an old-fashioned three-layer banana pineapple spice cake, popular in the Southern United States. #pineapple #banana #cake #desserts #sweets

I have to confess that I'm not really a fan of cream cheese frosting. Don't hate me. It's just not "my thing" .... but that is traditionally what goes on Hummingbird Cake, so I went with it. I think this would be awesome with a pineapple frosting to accentuate the flavor of the cake! Maybe next time! Although this cake is hugely popular in the South, you don't have to be a Southerner to love it! :)

This will be one of the desserts we enjoy this Easter - and if you're looking for ideas, why don't you give this a try?!

Old-Fashioned Hummingbird Cake
Printable recipe
Yield: 12-14 servings

For the cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3-4 medium)
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the frosting:
1 lb. (16 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 lbs. (32 oz.) powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Additional toasted and chopped pecans for the top, if desired

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-in. round cake pans. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the eggs, bananas, oil, pineapple and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Stir in the nuts. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center tests clean. Cool 10 minutes; then remove the cakes from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Combine all of the frosting ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture is well combined. Spread the frosting between the layers and over the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle with additional nuts, if desired.

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  1. Yum! That must be really moist. Fruit cakes are my favourite and banana bread is my addiction, so I need to try this one. Cybele @ BlahBlah

  2. I love hummingbird cake. It seems perfect to welcome Spring.

  3. Hi I found this at the Pin Me link party. It looks really delicious.

  4. Yum Jamie!!! I shared this on my FB page:-)


  5. Stopping by from the Life of the Party link-up! This cake looks so good - pinning for later!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  6. Hi Jamie,
    I love your Hummingbird Cake, it is a fabulous classic! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. G'day! Looks great Jamie!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  8. Hi Jamie - can you believe I've never tried Hummingbird cake? It looks and sounds wonderful and I know I would love it (too much!) :) Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning! Enjoy your day!

  9. It's a beautiful cake, and sounds very tasty!
    I've never eaten hummingbird cake :)

  10. Hi Jamie! This looks so good! I love a good hummingbird cake, but I've never actually made one myself. I just might have to add this to my Easter list. Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

  11. I always wondered what went into Hummingbird Cake since there are so many recipes in the Florida Keys that specialize in this dessert. This one looks fabulous and love that it uses bananas since I have so many getting ripe on my trees. Thanks for sharing on Recipe Sharing Monday!

  12. I've always wanted to try a hummingbird cake, but have never had the opportunity. I love all the ingredients that are in this cake! Thanks again for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  13. What a BEAUTIFUL Hummingbird cake!!!

  14. This cake is absolutely stunning! It sounds delicious too!

  15. Never heard of this but it sounds delish with all my favorite ingredients. Pinned! thanks!

  16. I'm a huge hummingbird cake fan and this looks fantastic! :)

  17. I grew up in the South and I've never heard of Hummingbird Cake. This makes me sad because it looks so yummy! Chrystal @ YUM eating

  18. These recipes look so yummy and so bad for me.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  19. I've never had hummingbird cake, and this looks so yummy! xoxo

  20. Look's delicious Jamie! I have never tried Hummingbird Cake, I guess "Southern" California doesn't count as the South, LOL ;)

  21. I've never even heard of Hummingbird Cake, but you rocked these photos and have me craving it! It looks and sounds delicious! I will be featuring this recipe on SNF this Saturday so thank you for linking this up! :)

  22. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured today on Foodie Friday. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too.


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