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Easy Hummingbird Cake

Easy Hummingbird Cake with a square slice on a small square plate .

Our Easy Hummingbird cake recipe is made in a 9×13 pan and from scratch ! It is moist and melt-in-your-mouth cake  full of tropical flavors from bananas and pineapple, with a satisfying crunch from pecans. The homemade cream cheese frosting that is thick, creamy, and rich. Perfect for any occasion or just a sweet treat this is a southern tradition everyone needs to try.  This cake was super popular in the 1980’s where I live and we always made it a double layered cake. I seriously had this cake for my 16th birthday , sweet memories. Making this in a 9×13 pan makes this easy enough that even beginner bakers can enjoy this cake.  If you love cakes from scratch check out my Maple Banana Cake .

What you will need to make this Easy Hummingbird cake:

  • Oil- not butter for this cake, the oil helps this cake be moist
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Mashed Ripe Bananas – This also helps make this cake moist and give that distinct flavor
  • Crushed Pineapple -Undrained , you need those juices for the cake . Again this helps with the fruity flavor
  • Pecans
  • All purpose flour- Nothing fancy just plain flour
  • Cinnamon – the amount of cinnamon in this cake is very subtle
  • salt
  • Baking soda
  • Cream cheese for the frosting
  • Butter – helps this frosting be velvety smooth
  • Powdered sugar

As you can see the most of these ingredients are basic things you will most likely have on hand. This cake has very simple ingredients . As far as equipment goes the cake is mixed by hand but the frosting you will need a mixer.

Equipment Needed :

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Let’s Make!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bow add oil, eggs ad sugar. Beat with a wire whisk until light and fluffy.

Eggs, oil and sugar beaten together well

Add the mashed bananas , crushed pineapple , and vanilla. Mix well

Adding the pineapple , banana , and vanilla to sugar mixture

Add the flour , cinnamon , salt , baking soda and the pecans .  Mix together with a rubber spatula

Adding the flour , cinnamon , salt , baking soda and pecans

Pour into a prepared 9×13 baking pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean

Cake batter added to the 9x13 pan

Once the cake is cooled blend together the cream cheese , butter , vanilla and powdered sugar. Blend until the frosting is light and fluffy

Cream cheese frosting blended in a mixing bowl

Frost the cooled cake and top with chopped pecans .

Easy Hummingbird cake in  a 9x13 pan

Enjoy this delectable cake .

 

A piece of easy hummingbird cake with a bite taken out

If you like this recipe give these a try:

 

Easy Hummingbird Cake

Our Easy Hummingbird cake is moist full of tropical flavors from bananas, pineapple, and pecans. Topped with a rich cream cheese icing and pecans. Perfect for all occasions.
4.53 from 21 votes
Course Cakes
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 12
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups mashed ripe banana 3-4 large Bananas
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple undrained
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bow add oil, eggs ad sugar.
  • Beat with a wire whisk until light and fluffy
  • Mix in vanilla , mashed bananas and undrained crushed pineapple
  • Add flour , cinnamon , baking soda, salt , and pecan. Mix with a rubber spatula until everything is combined
  • Pour into a prepared 9x13 baking dish. ( prepare it with oil and flour or spray with cooking spray with flour ) Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
  • Once the cake is cooled prepare the frosting by blending the cream cheese , butter and vanilla. Add a little powdered sugar at a time blending well in between.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy
  • Frost cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans,

Video

Notes

Bake at 350 45-50 minuted
Keyword Homemade Humminbird cake, Hummingbird cake, Hummingbird cake 9x13 pan, southern hummingbird cake
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Megan
Megan
1 year ago

5 stars
Such a great Hummingbird cake. This fed my extended family this weekend at our Easter gathering and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Of course, I shared your link with everyone. Thanks so much for a delicious light and fluffy cake that was delicious!

Colleen
1 year ago

5 stars
I never tried a hummingbird cake until this one and now I know I was missing out! So good, my whole family loved it.

Sharon
1 year ago

5 stars
This hummingbird cake came out so moist and the thick homemade frosting was the perfect topping.

Bernice
Bernice
1 year ago

5 stars
This is one of my family’s favourite vintage cakes and I’m thrilled to have this easier version to fall back on. It’s a ‘bake again’ recipe!

Veronika
Veronika
1 year ago

5 stars
I grew up in Europe and never heard of a Hummingbird cake before. Glad I gave it a try! The cream cheese frosting was so creamy and delicious and the cake moist and so tasty.

Lauren Michael Harris

5 stars
Loved this easy version of hummingbird cake. I always thought it would be more complicated to make, but nope! Simple and so delicous!

Tammy
Tammy
1 year ago

5 stars
I love hummingbird cakes! They are so delicious and a perfect spring dessert. This is perfect for Mother’s Day!

Ann
Ann
1 year ago

5 stars
This is one of my favorite cakes, but I will be honest, I did not know it was called hummingbird cake!

Claire
Claire
1 year ago

I’ve never made a hummingbird cake before but you make it look so easy! Can’t wait to try making this cake this week.

Enriqueta E Lemoine
1 year ago

5 stars
I can’t believe this hummingbird cake is so easy to make. I love baking on Sunday, and my kids told me today was their lucky day because of your delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Ann
Ann
2 months ago

I really want to make this but it’s too much for just two of us. Any ideas of cutting it down to a smaller size?