Hummingbird Bundt Cake

This Hummingbird Cake is an old favorite that is typically baked as a layer cake, but in the February 2012 issue of Southern Living magazine it is featured as a Bundt cake. I love baking in a Bundt pan, so I wanted to try the Hummingbird Cake baked this way. This super moist fruit-filled delight reminds me a bit of a carrot cake, but no carrots, just lots of good fruit and cream cheese glaze.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Prepare a 14-cup Bundt pan by greasing and flouring or use cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans on a parchment paper lined sheet pan; bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in eggs, mashed bananas, pineapple, oil, and vanilla. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans in the prepared Bundt pan, then spoon batter over the pecans. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely.
To prepare glaze: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk until well blended and smooth. Add the remaining milk 1 teaspoon at a time if needed for glaze consistency. Pour glaze over cooled cake, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of toasted pecans.

You'll need about 4 bananas and a small can of crushed pineapple for this cake.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the toasted pecans in the prepared pan first.

Pour the cake batter over the pecans.

Bake for 60 - 70 minutes.

Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and top with the remaining toasted pecans.

If you are a fan of cakes filled with fruit and nuts, this is a cake you'll want to try.


  1. This looks so wonderful! I wish I had a bunt pan. :(

  2. How could could that cake not be good with those tropical fruits and a name like hummingbird? These cakes are very delicious but I have never seen it baked in a bunt pan. Looks like it has a good texture and held up well when sliced. Yum yum! --------- Shannon

  3. Oh this sounds (and looks) yummy! I love bundt cakes too :)

    1. I also wanted to let you know that I have a new party called Mix it up Monday that I'd love for you to share this at. It will be live tonight, I hope to see you there :)

  4. i saw this in my sl magazine last week and thought it looked so yummy! thank you for trying it out and assuring me that it is! :) will have to make!!

  5. Beautiful and very impressive looking cake!
    I have no doubt it's delicious

  6. This cake looks amazing! And great presentation!

  7. I have this SL issue, also, and saw this cake. I have made it in layer form, but want to try the bundt, too. Yours looks wonderful!

  8. Anita,
    I love the tutorial. I'm not much of a baker, so this is really helpful. What a cake!

  9. OMG! Looks sooo yummy! Great job! A must try for sure!

  10. Oh my gosh....I just gained a few pounds. Looks great.

  11. Yum. I've had this cake before and it is delicious!

  12. Well, you already know I like this cake, but just wanted to thank you for linking it up to my party this week! I appreciate you being a loyal friend to join me each time.

  13. That looks wonderful! I think I'd love it even without the frosting. I'm grabbing a copy to try :)

  14. well it sounds amazing, but I would probably want to drink the glaze, I know sounds wrong, but the glaze sounds so good!

  15. Hi Anita,
    I am visiting you today through Shannon at Cozy Home Scenes (Your Cozy Home Party Tuesday)
    I love baking bunt cakes they are my favorite cake to make! Hummingbird bunt cake sounds and looks beautiful and oh so yummy! I am going to copy your recipe, thank you for sharing it. Also I am your newest follower.
    Have a sweet day!!
    Elizabeth from Home is Where the Heart is

  16. It's so pretty! Can I have the plate when it's gone so I can lick it clean? Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  17. Oh me, that looks so yummy. I'm have my afternoon coffee and a piece of that cake would be so goooood...

  18. What a great recipe. I love using my bundt pan, too, for baking -- whatever -- and putting fruits in cakes. Just happen to have some bananas ripening on the counter and some crushed pineapple in the pantry. Guess what's going into the solar oven, next! Thanks for sharing. Come visit when you can.

  19. This looks so yummy! I love all of the flavors you have in it! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party! Have a Sweet Week :)

  20. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. I just started following you.


  21. Hey, Anita! I saw this recipe in the latest issue of SL and was intrigued, too. Glad to hear it's good! Did you see the series of pimento cheese recipes???? Oh my, think I may have to give EACH one a try!

  22. YUM!!! I am definately trying this one. Visiting from Cozy Home Scenes, and am now following.

  23. I just pinned this but I seriously want this right now. I love a Bundt cake as well. Would love it if you would share this at our Link It Up Thursday party. http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/2012/01/link-it-up-thursday-4.html#more

  24. Omg...This recipe looks to dye for! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s... Thanks for sharing!

  25. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today on Today's Menu Round Up.
    Please go and grab a "featured" button.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday! ---Sheryl---

  26. Hi Anita,
    This looks like a delicious cake that we would really enjoy, it is a great recipe! Hope you are having a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  27. Hey Anita. Just wanted to let you know that we featured your awesome cake at our Link It Up Thursday party today. Come grab a featured button if you're into that sort of thing. :) http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com

  28. This sounds amazing. I would have to eliminate the bananas..yucky! Any suggestions what to use instead, apple sauce maybe?