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Hummingbird Cake Recipe
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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

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This impressive cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It also makes a great Easter dessert and is lovely with a summer meal. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • Chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 777 calories, 35 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 333 mg sodium, 113 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the bananas, oil, eggs, pineapple and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the shortening, butter, lemon peel and salt until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with pineapple juice. Beat in cream. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Hummingbird Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 777 calories, 35 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 333 mg sodium, 113 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I made this wonderful cake as written for a co-worker's birthday party in the early summer. It was a unique cake with the nuts, pineapple and bananas and very moist. Transported well on the NYC subway and then to the restaurant. My co-workers loved it. I have made a couple other of Nancy Zimmerman's cakes including the banana pound cake. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Love it! Like others I also make the cream cheese frosting."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"This is one of my favorite cakes.....I have always made a cream cheese frosting to put on it and sprinkled chopped pecans on top. But will try this frosting out"

Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"Moist and wonderful if you love the flavor of bananas, nuts, and pineapple. I used a cream cheese frosting on it, and we loved it. Next time I will try the pineapple frosting. Made it for a potluck and everyone liked it. Because it was so tall, the layers tipped over once it was cut for the potluck. Next time I may try making it in a 13 x 9 pan."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"I baked this cake for the first time just to have something to go with our coffee in the morning. Since I wanted something for a coffee cake I did not frost it, I just left it plain. My husband loved it. It is very moist . I definitely will bake this cake again and will frost it with a cream cheese frosting."

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