Hummingbird Cake

Posted by Lindsey On 12:00 AM

First of I want to welcome everyone from SITS. I am so excited to be the feature blogger today. I hope you enjoy my blog. Come back soon, as I often have foodie giveaways and contests. :)

I hope everyone had a good Easter and Passover! I have been wanting to make a hummingbird cake for awhile now. This cake screams Spring to me. A combo of banana, carrot and pineapple make for a moist flavorful cake. These would also be great as cupcakes. I am not very good at frosting cakes so I decided to use the extra pecan pieces I had and coat the pitiful looking frosted cake with pecans which I think made this cake look impressive. If you are sick of eating those chocolate bunnies from Easter then make this cake and Enjoy!

Hummingbird Cake
Adapted from The Food Network Magazine

Unsalted butter, for greasing
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 cup pecan pieces
2 ripe bananas, chopped
2 medium sized carrots, grated
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

For the Frosting:
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), at room temperature
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment and dust with flour.

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop. Toss with the bananas, carrot, pineapple and 1/2 cup flour in a small bowl.

Whisk the remaining 2 1/4 cups flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on high speed until thick and light, 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the vegetable oil.

Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, then gently fold to make a thick batter. Fold in the pecan-fruit mixture, then transfer the batter to the prepared pans. Bake until the cakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pans on a rack, 25 minutes, then invert the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer until fluffy, then gradually beat in the butter until combined. Sift the confectioners' sugar over the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth. Add the lemon zest and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread about half of the frosting on top, then cover with the other cake layer. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

157 Response to "Hummingbird Cake"

  1. That sounds lush. I love carrot cake, and keep meaning to try one of the variants with pineapple. Visiting to wish you a happy SITS day, great to meet you :)


  2. Missy Said,

    That cake looks so delicious!

    Congrats on your SITS day!


  3. WOW! That looks so good! Looks I'll be seeing you on the food network some day.


  4. Chennifer Said,

    Happy SITS day!

    Wow - I get really hungry brwosing through your blog!


  5. alexis Said,

    happy sits day! i'm really glad you don't live with me because you'd probably have to roll me away from the dinner table every night. your food looks delicious!


  6. Abigail Said,

    Happy SITS day!

    I'm curious - why is it called a hummingbird cake?
    Looks delicious anyway :)


  7. mamapoekie Said,

    Happy SITS Day! All this looks so yummie!!


  8. Serendipity Said,

    Sounds sensational! Enjoy being the FB :)


  9. citymouse Said,

    Happy SITS Day! This looks awesome and has inspired me to give it a whirl!


  10. woo! I'm first?! Pecans make everything better IMHO. I'm not much of a baker but this looks scrumptious.

    Popped over from SITS.


  11. Maxie Gregg Said,

    Okay, this looks delish! Happy SITS day!


  12. FallnAngel Said,

    MMMMM, that looks sooo good!


  13. Anything with cream cheese icing is a great thing!


  14. Vodka Mom Said,

    Congrats on your SITS DAY!!

    You will have a blast!


  15. Happy SITS Day. I never heard of a hummingbird cake before, but the picture did me in. Wish I was that talented, but chances are I'll just stop at the bakery later.
    Have a great one.


  16. Happy SITS Day! I am loving the Hummingbird Cake - looks Yummy! And, you live in Chicago - oh, my kind of town! I lived there in the 1990s - Loved it!


  17. Agy Talks Said,

    Hello, Congrats on Your SITS day!

    Hummingbird Cake looks & sounds amazing...:))


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  18. That looks delish! Happy SITS Day!


  19. Sunday Said,

    Congrats on your SITS Day!
    That Hummingbird cake looks decadent.

    I can't wait to make one myself!


  20. JadeLD Said,

    Happy SITS day to you - I can't believe I came over here before lunch though I am so hungry and now I really want cake - this sounds so yummy and lots of healthy ingredients too!!

    I am awful at frosting too, I don't know how people managed to make it look so delicate!

    Have a lovely day,


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    Happy SITS day. Your blog looks delicious!

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  22. Sadie Said,

    Happy SITS day! Your blog looks delicious!

    Sadie at heyMamas


  23. simplysandi Said,

    Happy SITS Day! I have never made a Hummingbird cake, but this is the 3rd time it's come up in the last month. I think it's a sign!


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  25. Congrats on your day!! That cake looks DIVINE!


  26. Cheryl Said,

    Happy SITS Day! Been trawling your website. Don't like baking much anymore but am loving to see your delightful creations. I could come be your taste tester...


  27. Holyoke Home Said,

    Hi there and congrats on working toward your culinary degree! You go!!!!


  28. Mrsblogalot Said,

    Happy SITS Day girl!!!!

    Enjoy it!! (-:


  29. Shell Said,

    I'm getting hungry just looking around your site!

    Happy SITS day!


  30. Hummingbird cake...never heard of it but it looks tasty!! :) I love cakes so I'm off to look at all your creations! :) Happy SITS day!!


  31. Sandy Said,

    Oh yum! My mom makes Hummingbird Cake and it is so good! Happy SITSday!


  32. Eclipsed Said,

    Happy SITS Day! That cake looks delicious.


  33. Happy SITS day!!! That cake looks AMAZING. yummo!



  34. Kate Said,

    mmmm..... this cake sounds delicious! Happy SITS day to you!


  35. jackie fo Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day! I love your hummingbird cake :)


  36. Wait, I don't get it - why's it called a hummingbird cake?

    The public is crying out to know.


  37. Caroline Said,

    Happy SITS Day!!! Love the cake recipe. I might try it sometime. And I am always looking for new recipes, so I will definitely be back. Congratulations on being the FB!


  38. Jen Said,

    You seem like an amazing cook and Baker!! Yummm!! Happy SITS day!! Hope you enjoy it!


  39. bubbleboo Said,

    Hi, happy SITS day! Your cakes look wonderful - I have a feeling that I'm going to be drawn back to your blog over and poor waistline!


  40. Congratulations on your SITS day! I love hummingbird cake too. It really does look inviting with all those pecans.


  41. KC Mom Said,

    This cake is beautiful and looks very tasty!! Congrats on being saucy today!!


  42. Gigi Said,

    Visiting from SITS! So excited to find another food blog on SITS; mine is just starting! The hummingbird cake looks fun. I may try this!


  43. Happy SITS Day to you!!


  44. Anonymous Said,

    I saw this in this months FN mag! It seems odd...especially since I am from the south and have never even heard of it. It looks good though!


  45. Happy SITS day! Congrats! I am definitely bookmarking your website. Everything looks so yummy!



  46. Wow, that looks so good. Happy SITS day!


  47. Anonymous Said,

    Happy SITS day! :) Your blog is like foodie heaven! :)


  48. Kim Said,

    Happy SITS day! This looks wonderful. I first made a hummingbird cake 2 or 3 years ago. The batter was the best I've ever made, and I bake a lot.


  49. Congratulations on your SITS day. My niece is graduating from culinary school next month-she goes to CIA in Hyde Park, New York. Best of luck with your future career!


  50. Joann Mannix Said,

    Oh how yum! I love hummingbird cake! My daughter's roommate is working on her culinary arts degree. The things that come out of her kitchen are scrumptious! Good luck. It looks like your well on your way.


  51. Yummy Mummy Said,

    Happy SITS day!! The cake looks so good!


  52. Aging Mommy Said,

    Hi there Lindsey - congratulations on your SITS day! Love the sound of your Hummingbird Cake and you have some wonderful recipes on your site.

    Have a wonderful day!


  53. Marie Said,

    Looks good, I wonder why it's called a "hummingbird cake".


  54. Happy SITS Day! Have a wonderful Tuesday.


  55. Margaret Said,

    That looks amazing!!!!!

    Congrats on your SITS day!


  56. Brandy Said,

    Happy SITS Day! So many goodies....I will have to try some new recipes.


  57. That looks amazing! Hope your day is full of lots of bloggy lovin for your SITS Day :)


  58. That looks and sounds delicious! Conrats on your SITS day!


  59. Andrea Said,

    That cake looks lovely. Happy SITS day!


  60. Alissa Said,

    Everything looks so good! Happy SITS day! :) I want the cake you made your husband. YUM!


  61. xoxoKrysten Said,

    Holy wow that looks amazing! Stopping by from SITS to wish you a very happy SITS day!


  62. Yow, that sounds good. Happy SITS day.


  63. Jodi Said,

    Looks yummy! Happy SITS day.

    God bless,


  64. Katherine Said,

    Happy SITS day. Your site makes me want to jump up and bake!


  65. Everything looks SO good!!
    Happy SITS day!


  66. mama of 4 Said,

    Happy SITS day!!!
    Everything on your site looks so yummy!! I will be checking it out as my daughters birthday is coming up and I am OUT of ideas LOL


  67. Julia Said,

    happy 'SITS day!!


  68. Dusty Said,

    Happy SITS day! That cake looks delicious! I may have to try that one myself!


    This cake looks delish!!
    Following your blog ... stop over I have a giveaway from CSN stores


  70. All I can say is Yum! Happy SITS day!


  71. Mama Mary Said,

    I want to devour that thing right now! Yummy! Happy SITS day. :-)


  72. Bry Said,

    If only I were not eating clean for the next three months, I would definitely be making cakes like these!! (Visiting from SITS)


  73. Happy SITS day! Your food pics look soooo yummy!


  74. Luv, luv, luv hummingbird cake! Been making it for years (as the joke goes, its best made with fresh hummingbirds and its hard as the devil to pluck those tiny suckers!) Here from SITS


  75. Oh my goodness. This looks amazing! What great recipes!


  76. Shawn Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day---the cake looks scrumptious----without the nuts, though----can't stand them!

    I'll have to try some of your recipes, when I get a minute to breathe....


  77. Jill Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day. Looking foward to following your blog.


  78. Yum! I love Hummingbird cake!!!


  79. Yankee Girl Said,

    Wow! Everything looks so yummy!

    I love cooking and baking and have been thinking about going culinary school for some time. Your pictures look good enough to eat!


  80. Cougs Said,

    Have a great SITS day. This cake looks fabulous. I have to send it to one of my friends who is an awesome baker! Stop by for a visit!


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  82. MamaArcher Said,

    Happy SITS day! That cake looks scrumptious!!


  83. Rene W. Said,

    Oh my gosh! I am drooling :) Happy SITS Day!!


  84. Susie Said,

    Congrautlations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)


  85. Happy SITS day...that cake looks really good. I love pineapple and bananas. I love a good food blog too, so I'll be following you.


  86. Lindsay Said,

    Wow! Happy SITS day! That's awesome that you were chosen!


  87. Laura Said,

    That looks so good. Happy SITS Day!


  88. Linda Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day! What a yummy blog you have. Wish I had culinary skills! Enjoy your day in the blog sun!


  89. stopping by from SITS. Congrats on your feature. All this food looks sooooooooo good. Have a great week.


  90. Maggie S Said,

    Happy SITS Day! I have never been able to make a scratch cake that rose and was light. And, quite frankly I have had some dismal failures even with box mixes. Still I love to cook and I will be back.


  91. w Said,

    that looks great! happy sits day!


  92. Lolli Said,

    That looks so yummy! Congrats on being featured today!


  93. Happy SITS day!! I took a look around your blog, it is lovely!! Of course I am now completely starving after looking at all those delicious creations! Enjoy your day!!!


  94. Why do they call it hummingbird cake? Happy SITS day!


  95. Cheryl Said,

    Happy SITS day! That cake looks dee-lish!


  96. Small Burst Said,

    Yumminess! Happy Sits day. Everything looks really good!


  97. I Wonder Wye Said,

    Love a hummingbird cake! Just made chocolate cheese cake and a sour cream pound cake for Easter brunch...congrats on the SIts day.


  98. Anonymous Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day!


  99. Happy SITS day to you!

    You have so many delicious looking recipes and ideas. I'm gaining weight just reading your posts!


  100. oops...i left my comment on your last post. happy sits day anyway!


  101. Wow! Can I come over for dessert? Looks YUMMY!


  102. Anali Said,

    Happy SITS Day! What a delicious blog you have! ; )


  103. Tractor Mom Said,

    Happy SITS Day!! Oh how I love hummingbird cake! I scrolled through your blog and I gained 5 pounds!! Girl you are going to be a great culinary chef!

    I have good friends that teach culinary arts at the local college and I am always asking advise (they ask me for landscaping advise--even trade). I am going to have to follow to get some great ideas for my supper menus!


  104. Kari Said,

    Stopping by from SITS to say hello! Can't wait to look through all your yummy dishes:o)


  105. Anything with cream cheese and I'm in! Looks delicious.

    Stopping by from SITS to say hello!


  106. Heidi Walker Said,

    Now that is what I call a cake. I love BUTTER!!! And Cream and all the tasty fats in this world. ;-)

    Happy SITS Day!!


  107. Happy SITS day!

    I've never heard of a Hummingbird Cake before. I guess you learn something new every day! It looks good! :-)


  108. Maggi Said,

    Wow, I've never had Hummingbird cake before, I'll have to try this!

    Congrats on being the FB today! :D


  109. happy sits day...
    your cake looks amazing!


  110. theUngourmet Said,

    Oops! I posted in the wrong place! Yum! I love this cake!


  111. Jenn Said,

    Um, wow! That looks so yummy. Actually, a lot of stuff on your blog looks yummy. Congrats on being the FB today!


  112. Happy SITS Day!!
    That cake looks delicious!


  113. WOW that looks sooo delicious!
    Congrats! Have a HAPPY SITS DAY!
    Isn't it wonderful!
    Off to poke around your site!


  114. Emalee Said,

    Happy sits day! I need to check out all this yummy stuff. Hope you have a GREAT day!!!


  115. Neena Said,

    Happy SITS day. Your site is just delicious, literally! The m&m bowl could have fooled me into taking a handful. Will check in often for some more good recipes.


  116. Gilliauna Said,

    OOOpphh!! Now that my mouth is watering and I'm dying for a taste....

    Wonderful blog!!

    - Zoie @ BnBbyG


  117. Diva Said,

    Happy SITS Day! These recipes look awesome!!!


  118. Megan Said,

    omg! thats looks SOOOOOOOOO good!!! and happy SITS day!


  119. Congratulations on your SITS day!


  120. yulz Said,

    Happy SITS Day ~

    My stomach growls looking at those delicious food


  121. Melissa Said,

    oooh a cake when I'm doing a sugar Detox! I must now go sop the drool off my keyboard! Happy SITS Day!


  122. Heather Said,

    That sounds delicious!

    Congrats on being SITS featured blog!


  123. g33k in p1nk Said,

    Now, I want some cake! Yummy.


  124. Deidre Said,

    Wow! That looks beautiful! I'm loving all the recipes :)

    happy SITS day.


  125. Library Cat Said,

    I love Hummingbird Cake!! I usually make it for Easter, but this year my mom wanted Coconut cake - so I have an excuse to make another cake soon!
    Happy SITS day.


  126. Sammy Said,

    Happy SITS day!!! :)


  127. Joanie M Said,

    Happy SITS Day!!! That cake looks yummy!!! I need to see what other goodies you have here!


  128. Bekah Said,

    Happy SITS day!! The flavors in this cake sound wonderful together!


  129. Amy Said,

    I'm very interested in trying this hummingbird recipe.

    Happy SITS day too!


  130. Anonymous Said,

    Happy SITS day!! I love your blog, I immediately HAD to follow it. I'm still quite a beginner when it comes to cooking, but I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes!


  131. Angelia Sims Said,

    Interesting! The pecans make it look really good. Hope it tasted as good as it looked. Happy SITS day!


  132. Sounds so yummy. I love cake!! Happy sits day! =)


  133. Just Breathe Said,

    Congratulations on your day to shine with SITS. I am originally from Chicago, born & raised. We miss the pizza so much. (Gino's)
    Your cake sounds awesome.


  134. Shannon Said,

    My 5yo daughter was sitting next to me when I clicked on your blog and she insisted I click on page after page (after page!) to see all the "yummy pictures!" :-)
    Congrats on your SITS day!


  135. Happy SITS Day! Love all these sweets you have posted! That cake looks yummy!


  136. mariahsmile Said,

    Happy SITS Day! Everything on your blog looks so yummy! Hope youc come by to visit mine!


  137. LPTrainerMom Said,

    Congrats on your SITS day! I have to follow you-I love to cook, and can't wait to try some of your recipes!


  138. Erin Sabin Said,

    Congratulations! Your blog is so much fun! I will be back for yummy treats! Erin


  139. Mama Llama Said,

    okay- do ya want to ruin a girl's diet??? YUM! Happy SITS day!


  140. Paige Said,

    Happy SITS Day! Can't wait to come back and look around at your other creations.


  141. alicia Said,

    Wow. Congrats on your recognition... well deserving! Great blog.


  142. i almost commented in the wrong place, dangit. hah.

    okay so that star pie up there makes me drool all over my keyboard and i'm eating skittles so now the keys are gonna be sticky. thanks a LOT.



  143. lauren Said,

    a new food blog!! YES. Hope your SITS Day was amazing!


  144. Amy Said,

    What wonderful things you create! Happy SITS Day to you!


  145. Yummy!!! Happy Happy SITS day! I'm wishing for cake as I type now... thanks a lot! lol

    Outrageous joy,
    Kathy over at Everyday Bliss


  146. Key Lime Said,

    Looks SO good! Its making me hungry! I found your blog on SITS! :)


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  148. Heather Said,

    What an amazing looking cake. Seriously, holy yum!


  149. Morgan Said,

    Happy SITS Day!

    That cake looks delicious. Well, so does your whole blog! :)


  150. LambAround Said,

    Good evening and Happy (ever so slightly belated) SITS Day! Yours is my favorite kind of blog. I'm going to be sitting here for the next several hours just looking through all those scrumptious photos of yours! :)

    Lamb’s Most Recent Post: Cruising, HGTV Green Home, CRAZY Sexy Nerd and LAZY Me


  151. Kathleen Said,

    Hi I just found you from Sits. I love your blog and just became a follower. Your Hummingbird cake looks amazing!!!


  152. I've heard of that cake but never saw a picture of it before. Yummy!

    Happy SITS day!


  153. Duchess Said,

    Just stopping over from SITS - I'm the slow blogger :0)

    That is am amazing cake and I'm glad to share love with another baker!