The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

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The Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe with a light Cream Cheese Frosting – this cake is beyond flavorful and moist.

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The Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe you’ll ever make, slathered with a light Cream Cheese Frosting. This twist on a classic homemade cake is filled with pineapple, bananas and cinnamon. Light, moist and beyond flavorful – it’s a must make for Easter or Mothers Day! 

Hummingbird Cake! Have you had it before? It is hands down one of my favorite cakes!

There’s a restaurant that Mike and I love to go to for brunch Sunday mornings. I absolutely love their gourmet coffee drinks and their Pico de Gallo Eggs Benedict. Even though I’m obsessed with their breakfast menu, I’m even more obsessed with their Hummingbird Cake. I usually end up making Mike buy me a slice so we can take it home and I can indulge later on in the afternoon. I just can’t pass up that amazing cake! I have major self control problems when it comes to this cake! You’ll see why when you try it! It’s like tropical goodness!

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What is Hummingbird Cake?

Hummingbird Cake is a pineapple banana infused spice cake with cinnamon and nutmeg. It is extremely moist and has a slight tropical taste. Typically layered with cream cheese frosting or vanilla buttercream. This cake was originated in Jamaica!

What ingredients are in Hummingbird Cake?

Hummingbird Cake contains crushed pineapple, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, eggs, sugar, an oil, salt, a leavening agent and pecans. Because of the fruits used in this cake it is a little dense and very moist!

process photos of how to make and assemble The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

How to decorate Hummingbird Cake?

Honestly, it’s up to you. I made this a 3 layer cake but decided not to frost the edges to keep the calorie count down a little but also thought it looks beautiful because you could see the layers. Top it with raw pecans pieces and fresh flowers to really make it pop.

How to store Hummingbird Cake?

Because Hummingbird Cake is topped with a Cream Cheese Frosting it needs to be stored in the refrigerator, as well as any other cake that has cream cheese frosting on it. You want to take it out of the refrigerator about 1-2 hours before serving.

Hands down this Hummingbird Cake is my favorite cake dessert, even over chocolate! And that’s saying something because I’m a chocolate addict.

a slice of The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe with Light Cream Cheese Frosting being pulled out from the cake and ready to serve

Now, truth be told. This cake while delicious can be a little heavy on the tummy if you know what I’m saying! As a way to lighten it up a bit I used coconut sugar and the fruits as sweeteners. It’s also made in 6″ round cake pan for a much smaller cake = a much smaller slice.

To lighten up the cream cheese frosting, I used a small amount of cream cheese and cut it with plain greek yogurt to thicken it up. For the sweetener I added maple syrup and vanilla because you’ve gotta have that key vanilla note. I also didn’t frost the entire cake. I only put frosting on the tops of each layer and added the pecans to the top instead of to the batter or to each layer.

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You will absolutely love the Cream Cheese Frosting on this cake! It’s straight up addicting and gives a nice tart taste that pairs perfectly with the cake! It’s actually my sons favorite part. “More frosting mommy.”

Hummingbird Cake is totally one of my guilty pleasures but no more guilt with this version. I can’t wait to make this again for Easter! 

Not only is it gorgeous to look at but seriously delicious, especially with a cup of coffee!

I hope you enjoy! Bon Appetit friends and happy weekend!

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The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Holiday, Cake/Pie/Crisp
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe you’ll ever make, slathered with a light Cream Cheese Frosting. This twist on a classic homemade cake is filled with pineapple, bananas and cinnamon – extremely moist and light.


Scale

Ingredients

Hummingbird Bird:

  • 2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

Instructions

For the Hummingbird Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour three 6″ round cake pans.
  3. In a large bowl add flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer add egg, egg yolk, and coconut sugar. Mix until creamy and smooth.
  5. Add in mashed banana, coconut oil, crushed pineapple, and vanilla extract mix until combined.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture into wet mixture in two batches. Make sure it is fully combined.
  7. Separate batter into the three prepared cake pans.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl add cream cheese, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  2. Using a hand mixture, mix until there are no more clumps and the frosting is smooth.
  3. Assemble the cake in this order, cake round, cream cheese frosting  and repeat until finished. Garnish with pecans. (do not frost the sides)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 329
  • Sugar: 24 g
  • Sodium: 299 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg

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49 Responses
  1. this is amazing looking!! I found you on the stumble the love group 🙂 came and shared!! I would love it if you stopped by and joined our link party!! Have a great week!!
    Jess

  2. I have never heard of a hummingbird cake but does it ever look delicious! And your photos! My best friend’s birthday is next week and I am looking for healthy cake recipes for her since I do not want to sabotage her weight-loss. This recipe may be it!

  3. nadya

    i think u missed the apple sauce. i guessed it goes in with bananas and pineapple? hope i was rifht. it already tastes amazing and i havent baked it yet!

    1. whoops.. thanks for the letting me know! I will make sure and add it to the directions and you added it at the right spot. 🙂

      Hope you liked it Nadya!

  4. Melissa

    Hello! Just made this recipe and did cupcakes. They cooked for about 20 minutes! It’s a delicious flavor. I was wondering if it’s common for it to stick to the liner? Also it’s very dense but moist. Is that how the cake is as well? Thanks!

    1. Yes, the cake is the same but mine did not stick to the sides of the cake pan.

      I haven’t been able to figure out the sticky liner situation.. sometimes it happens to me and other times not. The one thing I have down is spayed the pan before putting the liners in and they helped a little. 🙁

  5. Brittany

    This looks so amazing and so darling. I have been looking everywhere it seems for a healthier recipe to use for my son’s smash cake. I have come across so many and nothing really gave me a spark feeling to use it, until I came across this one. I am planning on using a 6in pan as well so the actual smashing of the cake does not waste so much. I was wondering if I could use the recipe the exact way as listed to do cupcakes for the guests without a need to change something. I noticed on a few recipes I was looking at said “add this” or “take this out” if making cupcakes. I am sure I will be finding any reason to make this cake. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Brittany! And how fun that you are going to do this as a smash cake! You’re son will love it! I actually did a banana cake for my sons smash cake.. hehe!

      As far as the smooth transition from the cake to the cupcakes I’m not sure. I definitely don’t bake alot but I have a couple friends who do. My friend said that most recipes do work well from cake to cupcake, however when your filling your cupcake liners go about 3/4 full because this cake doesn’t rise alot. And as far as baking time I would start with 18 minutes and go from there. Hope that helps a little! 🙂 And happy birthday to your little guy!

      1. Brittany

        Thank you!! His birthday party is the 15th of this month (August). I will definitely have to share pics and tag for this recipe 🙂
        I do have one more quick question though. Do you think the frosting would hold up for piping on the outside of the cake or should I do a homemade buttercream frosting? I love the idea of this frosting as it is not so sugary, but not sure how it will hold with the yogurt. Sorry to be a pest.

        1. Yeah! I can’t wait to hear how it goes so fun!

          You know, if you are going to pipe it I would recommend doing buttercream. it will hold up alot better. The yogurt is delicious but if its gonna be sitting out a while it might start to get droopy and melt and THAT you don’t want! 🙂

  6. Georgia

    If you’re considering it: make this cake.

    I made it for my family for Easter and everyone loved it. None of us have tried hummingbird cake before so we have no comparison but it tasted fantastic. I made it in two 9″ pans and it was done after 30 mins. The icing was both delicious and effortless to make – I will definitely be making it again. No phaffing with icing sugar!

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