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Southern Comfort Hummingbird Cake

There's nothing more delicious than homemade southern cake recipes. This tasty layered cake is made with crushed pineapple, bananas and pecans and, here's the best part, topped with a cream cheese frosting.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (8-ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups bananas, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounces) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • splash of half and half


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, salt , baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add eggs and oil. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened. DO NOT beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans and bananas.
  3. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake at 350-degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until tooth-pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake, then sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator. Makes one 3-layer cake.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:  

  1. Mix all of the ingredients, except powdered sugar and vanilla, with electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add enough half & half or milk to mix to spreading consistency.

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A cake that has many ingredients. Ok. I just looked them and I think this cake is gonna be yummy. Looks good and maybe tastes good because there's cinnamon and vanilla...haha

Could you do this as a 2 layer cake?

You could try doing this as a two layer sheet cake, but you'll need to watch the cooking times and you may have to adjust the amount of icing.

Made this for the first time for my son on his birthday. Delicious :)

I've been making this cake so long that I have tweeked it to be a bit healthier. I cut sugar to 1& 1/4 cup, replace oil with 1/2 cup applesauce & 1/2 cup yogurt, I also add ground flax seed, sunflower seeds, and replace 1/2 the flour with whole wheat. The real calorie savings comes from baking in mini loaf pans, splittng them and only putting icing in the middle. they freeze well this way and are great for small Thank Yous !!

I love this cake. I got the recipe out a cookbook I bought at Dollywood years ago. It is so moist and the frosting is delish!!! It makes a huge cake so be prepared to share with family and friends.

I have made this cake for years but, i make it in a bunt pan. The icing is great on most cakes. JAN

Could this be made in a 9x13 pan??


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