Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
You’ll love this easy one-bowl Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This cake has banana, pineapple pieces and pecans inside, and is filled with a fluffy and rich cream cheese frosting.
A Hummingbird Cake is a classic North American dessert, particularly in the Deep South. It’s a sweet cake filled with tropical fruits like banana and pineapple, pecan nuts, cinnamon spice, and topped with lush cream cheese frosting.
The Hummingbird Cake is believed to be a Jamaican creation. However, that wasn’t its original name. It had the intriguing title “Doctor Bird Cake”. But how did the Hummingbird cake get its name? Apparently “Doctor bird” is Jamaican slang for their national bird, the hummingbird. And the pops of yellow colouring in the cake allegedly drew comparisons to the yellow-hued hummingbird. Another popular theory is that the hummingbird cake is so sweet and enticing that the hummingbirds were attracted to it like nectar.
Yet another theory is that hummingbird cake is so delicious that humans hover over it, picking at it like hummingbirds. I’ve seen this one play out for real in our household.
This tropical cake made its way from Jamaica to mainland America due to some clever marketing at the 1968 launch of Air Jamaica. The recipe was included in travel media kits sent to the US. It “went viral” in modern terms, was published in the Southern Living magazine, won Favourite Cake awards in the US, and in 1990 it took the title of the most requested recipe in Southern Living’s history.
I love making a layered Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s very simple to put together, and is mixed in just one bowl! There’s no butter in the cake. Instead, the moisture comes from oil, and the crushed bananas and pineapple pieces.
The key to this cake and any cake involving bananas is to use extremely ripe bananas. They’re ready when their skins are mottled heavily with brown spots. Too soon, and the cake won’t have that sweet rich taste.
As usual, I have a Hummingbird cake video tutorial below to watch for the method I used.
Enjoy baking this cake, and be sure to snag a piece for yourself when it’s done before the other hummingbirds around you take their share.
HOW TO MAKE HUMMINGBIRD CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
How to make Hummingbird Cake
You might like our other baking recipes that have cream cheese frosting like Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Ginger Beer Date Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, Red Velvet Layer Cake, Flourless Lemon Cake, and Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.