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Hummingbird Cake

A beautiful tasting and moist Hummingbird Cake with cream cheese frosting and crunchy pecan crumbs.


  • 245 grams (1 and 3/4 cups) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 150 grams (3/4 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 45 grams (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 105 grams (1 cup) pecans, roughly chopped
  • 250 grams (1 cup) mashed banana (approximately 2–3 overripe bananas)
  • 275 grams (1 cup) canned crushed pineapple in juice
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pecan cookie crumbs

  • 105 grams (1 cup) pecans, finely chopped
  • 70 grams (1/2 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour or cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted

Cream cheese frosting

  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 250 grams (1 and 1/4 cup) full fat cream cheese, softened, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 435 grams (3 and 1/2 cups) icing sugar or powdered sugar


  1. Hummingbird cake
    Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Grease and line an 8-inch round cake pan with baking or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, caster sugar, brown sugar and pecans. Stir briefly.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, then add mashed banana, pineapple, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Use a spatula to gently stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for approximately 60-70 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Transfer cake to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before frosting.
  6. Pecan cookie crumbs
    To make the pecan cookie crumbs, add pecans, flour, sugar, cornflour and salt to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour over melted butter and stir until crumbs resemble wet sand.
  7. Line a baking tray with baking or parchment paper. Add cookie crumbs and spread into one even layer. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until just golden. Leave to cool completely.
  8. Cream cheese frosting
    To make the frosting, add butter, cream cheese and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  9. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and continue to beat until smooth.
  10. Spread frosting over the top of the cake. Sprinkle over pecan cookie crumbs. Cut into slices and serve.


Cake size: This recipe makes one large (deep) 8-inch cake. I prefer to use an 8-inch cake pan that’s 3 inches deep (rather than the standard 2 inches). You can easily make this into a two-layer cake by slicing the cake into two once it’s completely cooled. Or you can split the batter between two 8-inch cake pans. Note the cooking time will need to be adjusted. I recommend checking them around the 30-35 minute mark. You’ll know they’re ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Bananas: Make sure your bananas are super ripe and spotty for maximum flavour and sweetness. Also, mash them really well with a fork, otherwise you’ll get gummy banana bits in your cake. 

Pecan cookie crumbs: Store any leftover cookie crumbs in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Cream cheese frosting: I recommend using a block of full-fat cream cheese, rather than a light or spreadable cream cheese. To ensure a super smooth frosting, make sure your cream cheese has time to soften to room temperature. Also be sure to sift your icing sugar. 

Make ahead: You can make the cake a day or two in advance. Once the cake is completely cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in an airtight container at room temperature. Alternatively, you can freeze it. You can also make the cream cheese frosting in advance. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To serve, let it sit out for 15 minutes, then give it a good mix by hand before frosting your cake.

From https://www.sweetestmenu.com/hummingbird-cake/#tasty-recipes-8098, viewed 3-Sep-2022.

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