Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake

By: Jamie from lovebakesgoodcakes.com
Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake
Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake
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Imagine fluffy sheets of the softest cake layered with cream cheese frosting. This Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake is just like the Southern classic, and if you haven't tried it before, it's about time you did. Bananas, pineapples, and nuts come together for a super sweet flavor and amazing texture like nothing you've had before. Simple dessert recipes like this one are great because they're easy to bake and everyone enjoys them. Bring the family back to the table for dessert with this wonderful hummingbird cake recipe.


Hummingbird cake recipes are synonymous with the South, but you may not know the origins of this moist and delicious cake. Hummingbird cake first appeared in Southern Living magazine in 1978. The original recipe came from Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of North Carolina. The Southern cake recipe combined crushed pineapple, nuts, and bananas. The addition of cinnamon gave the cake a hint of spice, similar to carrot cake. The finished layer cake was originally topped with cream cheese frosting, a characteristic that is still recognizable in today's hummingbird cake recipes.


Before the first hummingbird cake recipe was printed in Southern Living, however, it is believed that the cake was invented in Jamaica in the 1960s. Others speculate that the cake may have originated in Australia. It is unclear why the cake was named "hummingbird", but it worth nothing that this cake also has many nicknames, including the appropriate moniker "cake that doesn't last". 


If you like this Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake, be sure to check out our collection of 20 Classic Southern Cake Recipes.

Serves14 People

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodOven

Cooking Vessel Size9-inch round pan

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