Southern Hummingbird Cake is a classic, from scratch, tried and true, insanely delicious, layered cake that is sure to be a hit!
As part of my Cake Releases on my blog (many more coming!)
This one was such a moist cake packed with flavor– everyone LOVED it!
I did a decorative frosting style on this one but you don’t need to, just coating it evenly with the fantastic cream cheese frosting – it will taste JUST as good 😉
For those that have never had Hummingbird cake or made one before-
It is a banana-pineapple spiced cake! Packed pull of ripe bananas, fresh pineapple, cinnamon & pecans(or walnuts if you’d rather).
Topped with the most incredible cream cheese frosting, of course.
This classic recipe is over 40 years old! It is one I make every Holiday and for special occasions! It is my most requested cake recipe.
Remember, any cake that has cream cheese frosting should always be refrigerated! Just take it out 1-2 hours prior to serving and its perfect 🙂
Its incredibly moist & decadent – a serious GEM of the cake world for sure!
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Southern Hummingbird Cake!
- 2- 8oz cans crushed pineapple in juice
- 3 C flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 C granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 C Canola oil
- 4 very ripe large bananas, peeled and mashed (about 2 cups)
- 1 1/2 C pecans chips
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 sticks (3 C) unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 6-8 C powdered sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 - 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
- 1 large piping bag fitted with a round tip
- 1 small angled spatula
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with pam baking spray and set aside.
- Drain the pineapple in a fine-mesh strainer set over a small saucepan, pressing to remove as much juice as possible.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat until reduced to ? cup, about 5 minutes; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Using a standing mixer, beat together the sugar and eggs, and the oil.
- Beat in the bananas, pecans, vanilla, drained pineapple, and reduced pineapple juice.
- Gradually mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between and bake until dark golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes
- Let the cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes before removing from the pans
- Place onto a cutting board and slice off the dome of the cake
- Using a cake slicer, slice the two rounds in half. You should now have 4 rounds.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt on low speed until smooth, then mix for an additional 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Place one cake layer on a serving platter.
- Spread 1 cup of frosting over top, then top with the second cake layer, pressing lightly down.
- Spread 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top
- Repeat the steps with the remaining two cake layers
- Frost a crumb coat onto the cake and then place cake into the fridge for 30 minutes
- Scoop the remaining frosting into the piping bag
- Once time is up, pipe a row going from top to bottom of dots onto the side of your crumb coated cake. Try and keep the dots similar in size and in a straight line.
- Use the angled spatula to smush the dots.
- Hold the spatula horizontally and apply pressure to the first dot.
- Press hard enough so that the dot smushes down, but not so hard that it loses its shape. When you reach the crumb coat, pull the spatula away to the side, smearing the dot across the surface of the cake.
- Repeat down the line until all of the dots have been smeared.
- Pipe another row of dots so that they overlap the first row of smeared dots.
- Repeat the smearing technique all the way around the cake until your entire surface has been covered.
- For the final row, you can leave off at your last smear, or pipe a row of dots and leave them un-smeared.
- Repeat steps going in a circular pattern on the top of the cake
- Place in the fridge overnight to allow frosting to harden before enjoying!
Cream cheese frosting: