Hummingbird Cake

63 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 0% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 40 minutes

A Victorian cake recipe that is truly exceptional. The perfect cake to take to gatherings... it's easy, freezes well, serves many, and it doesn't actually contain any hummingbirds!


3 cups All purpose flour
2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 8-oz can Pineapple; crushed, with juice
1 cup Vegetable oil
3 large Egg; well beaten
3 medium Bananas; chopped
1 cup Walnuts or pecans; finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine; melted
1 cup Powdered sugar; sifted

Original recipe makes 14 Servings



Preheat oven to 325F / 160C / Gas Mark3.

Generously grease a 10" tube or a fluted tube pan.

To make the cake: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Next remove 2 Tablespoons of juice from the can of pineapple. Set this juice aside for the glaze

To the flour mixture, add the can of pineapple, the oil, eggs, banana, nuts, and vanilla. Stir until just blended. Do not beat.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the 325 degree oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and remove the pan from the cake. Cool completely.

To make the glaze: In a small bowl combine the melted butter or margarine with the powdered sugar. Add enough of the reserved pineapple juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. For a glaze with a whole new dimension, try substituting rum for the pineapple juice.

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Very moist!!!
teola_mulholland 1d 9h ago

This was a very simple but yet very tasty cake! It was very moist & the glaze added a real nice touch to it. I added more powdered sugar than what the recipe called for to make the glaze to get a sweeter taste.
smitty678 1y ago

Making now! I'll let u know how it turns out.
bodaciouspeach 2y ago

This cake was a huge hit. I baked it so that me and my family would have a yummy snack for a two-day garage sale. It did the trick! Make sure you're baking for a crowd - this cake goes a long ways!
brettnleosmom 2y ago

I added chopped cherries. Next time I will use 3 bananas as called for and try cream cheese frosting. Spices need increased - i will add more cinnamon and ginger. This recipe needs tweaked for my taste but it was very moist, very easy and got compliments.
Nikhomemadegood 2y ago

My father-in-law, as well as the ladies at the office loved this cake. It's a keeper for sure!
Regina001 3y ago

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