11 Hummingbird Cake Recipes: The Best Southern Desserts

By: Kaitlin Weiler, Editor, FaveSouthernRecipes.com

Hummingbird cake is one of the most traditional and beloved Southern dessert recipes. Hummingbird cakes are known for featuring the bright and sunny combination of banana, pineapple, and coconut. Most hummingbird cake recipes also feature rich and delicious pecans. Possibly the best part of hummingbird cake recipes is the trademark cream cheese frosting that tops the cake. In this collection of  11 Hummingbird Cake Recipes: The Best Southern Desserts, you will find a variety of hummingbird cake recipes for any occasion.

Hummingbird Cake Recipes

11 Hummingbird Cake Recipes

Old-Fashioned Hummingbird Cake - Hummingbird cake is known for prominently featuring pineapple and banana, and this recipe for Old-Fashioned Hummingbird Cake is no exception. This beautiful layer cake is frosted with a thin layer of cream cheese icing so that the cake itself really shines.

Traditional Hummingbird Cake - If you need a cake recipe to feed a crowd, look no further than this recipe for Traditional Hummingbird Cake. A small slice of this layer cake will satisfy even the sweetest of sweet teeth because it so sugary and satisfying.

For more easy cake recipes, be sure to check out 25 Southern Cake Recipes.

Classic Hummingbird CupcakesTropical Hummingbird Cake

Classic Hummingbird Cupcakes (pictured above, left) - These Classic Hummingbird Cupcakes are ridiculously pretty and elegant. The moist cupcakes are topped with sweet cream cheese frosting for the perfect finish. These cupcakes are the perfect thing to serve for bridal or baby showers, and they would make an excellent addition to any tea party.

Hummingbird Cake Bars - No one can deny that a layer cake makes a statement, but sometimes it's nice to make a homemade cake recipe that doesn't require that much work. This recipe for Hummingbird Cake Bars is made in a sheet pan so that you don't have to deal with frosting layer upon layer. This recipe is great for serving a crowd, and it's ideal for transporting to a party or a potluck.

Learn how to make hummingbird cake with out step-by-step article, How to Make Hummingbird Cake.

Tropical Hummingbird Cake (pictured above, right) - This hummingbird cake recipe gets its tropical flair from the addition of macadamia nuts. This recipe is the perfect thing to brighten up your day in the dead of winter. The combination of pineapple and coconut will remind you of warm and sunny days.

Preacher's Cake - Preacher's Cake is very similar to traditional hummingbird cake recipes, but it can be made in practically no time at all. The great thing about this recipe is that all of the ingredients are already in your pantry. Make this quick and easy cake for unexpected guests or when you're short on time.

Download a free, printable copy of Fantastic Fruit Dessert Recipes: 8 Southern Recipes for Dessert for more Southern dessert recipes.

More Hummingbird Cake Recipes

Heavenly Hummingbird CakeFour-Layer Hummingbird Cake

Heavenly Hummingbird Cake (pictured above, left) - No one will be able to resist this tempting hummingbird cake.

Four-Layer Hummingbird Cake (pictured above, right) - Everyone is sure to be impressed by this gorgeous hummingbird layer cake.

Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake - Step back in time with this vintage hummingbird cake recipe.

Simple Hummingbird Cake Recipe - Keep things simple with this hummingbird sheet cake. It's perfect for feeding a crowd at a poluck.

Triple Layer Hummingbird Cake - As triple layer cake means that it was taste three times as delicious!

Check out more easy cake recipes in our printable collection, Heavenly Southern Desserts: 9 Easy Cake Recipes.


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I can't resist a good cupcake, so looks like I'll be making a couple batches very soon!

These look delicious. How difficult are they to make?

I'd never heard of these before! Thanks for introducing me!

I fell in love with Hummingbird cake several years ago, but haven't made it since. Maybe I'll have to make one of these recipes soon


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