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Southern Living Magazine is credited with first publishing Hummingbird Cake recipe in 1978, submitted by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, N.C. No one knows for sure how this cake got its name, but most likely because the whimsical little bird it’s named for is a symbol of sweetness (or maybe because the cake tastes so good you want to hum?) The cake has won many awards and is a southern delight. There are many variations of the original recipe, including my take on it below. Originally developed as a 3 layer cake, I converted it to a half sheet cake 11” x 15” (see alternate pan sizes below) because a flat cake is easier to bake, frost, transport, serve and store. A perfect size cake for gatherings, as its larger area serves many – figure on 30 servings for crowds, depending on size cut. The cake freezes well too.

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Servings: 30 Servings


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  2. Set oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a half sheet cake pan with vegetable spray. (I used an 11€ x 15-inch€ Wilton sheet cake pan, but you could also make two cakes, one to serve and one to freeze, by using a 9€ x 13€ rectangular pan PLUS an 8€ x 8€ square pan.)
  3. Measure flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into large mixing bowl and stir well.
  4. Add beaten eggs, oil, vanilla, bananas, pineapple and pecans. Mix until combined well.
  5. Pour into prepared pan(s) and bake 25-30 minutes or until cake is lightly golden brown and tests done.
  6. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  8. Beat together cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  9. Frost top of sheet cake. Sprinkle with pecans.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 82g
Recipe makes 30 servings
Calories 288  
Calories from Fat 110 38%
Total Fat 12.51g 16%
Saturated Fat 3.66g 15%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Total Carbs 42.41g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 31.05g 21%
Protein 2.83g 5%



  • Salad Foodie
    July 11, 2018
    Martha, I really enjoy unfrosted cakes and hummingbird cake is so moist I think the picnic folks will never miss the frosting.
    • Martha Turek
      July 10, 2018
      Going to try this for a church picnic this weekend. Will have to skip the cream cheese frosting due to hot & humid weather. Maybe just dust with powdered sugar before leaving the house ?
      • judee
        February 26, 2012
        Love the bananas, pineapple , and pecans in this recipe.

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