Southern Living Hummingbird Bundt Cake

The Southern Living magazine always gets my mom’s attention when the latest issue arrives in the mailbox, especially the recipes inside.  This one is in the current February issue.   She succumbs to trying out desserts often and when she spied this Hummingbird Cake, an updated version done in a Bundt pan, well…you can imagine how hard it would be to turn this down.

Needless to say, I didn’t.  It’s like banana bread with pineapple and cream cheese icing.

Not especially good for you, but boy, oh boy, was it good.

Hummingbird Cake cream cheese icing

Do you see what I mean?  Could you turn this down?

I didn’t think so.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Cake

We have always had some form of sweet stuff around our house.  I get my sweet tooth honestly from my dad.  His is voracious.

Hummingbird cake from Southern Living

We ate the whole thing over the course of a few days.

And I’m sure another one will be under the silver dome before too long.  I love my mama and her baking skills!

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Cake Batter:

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)

3/4 cup canola oil

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


4 oz. cream cheese, cubed & softened

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 to 2 TBL. milk

Hummingbird Bundt Cake Notes

  1. Prepare Cake Batter:  Preheat oven to 350*.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  2. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan.  Spoon batter over pecans.
  3. Bake at 350* for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
  4. Prepare Glaze:  Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBL milk in a food processor until well blended.  Add remaining 1 TBL. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth.  Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.

It’s a keeper, so let me know if you try it!

I announced the giveaway winners from last week in the previous post, so check back if you missed it!

- Rhoda


  1. Just made this cake and it smells so good. I’m giving it to a community fall festival. I hope they enjoy it. I’m going to make a second one for my family. I can’t wait for it to get done.

  2. Lynn Steiner says

    I made this for hubby’s birthday – OUTSTANDING! It has now become his favorite cake, so moist and delicious. I baked the cake ahead of time and froze it whole. We were going on an RV trip and I needed to get a lot of food prepared ahead of time to take along. I thawed the cake a day before we left and frosted it. It turned out wonderful and travelled very well in a large cake taker – it’s a big cake.

    • Lynn Steiner says

      I’m getting ready to make this again for an RV trip which will take in hubby’s birthday and a meet up lunch/visit with his brother/wife. My SIL has heard of this cake but never tasted it so I thought what a good time to take it along. It works so well for freezing and then thawing and frosting a day before needing it. I love how the pecans go into the bottom of the bundt pan instead of into the cake batter.

      This cake is so moist and delicious, believe me when I say this is an outstanding recipe! It turns out perfect every time and the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top.

  3. This is a wonderful cake! Very moist and delicious . I make it every year when the humming birds come back to Pa. Usually around May 1st. Enjoy because it is a keeper!

  4. Linda Rowan says

    I couldn’t help beut notice that the Hummingbird “Bundt” Cake pictured was baked in a regular Pound Cake pan. Since there is a difference in the volume 9of the 2 kinds of cake pans, sometimes there is also a difference in the recommended baking time.

    Does it matter which pan we use?

    • Linda, I’m not sure it does make a difference. That was my mom’s pan and it worked find in there, but I would think the bundt pan would work very similar in baking time.

    • So you’ve never actually made it in a bundt pan?

    • My mom made this cake back then in her tube pan, but this recipe is for a Bundt cake pan, so I would use that to bake it.


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