Hummingbird Cake is a versatile dessert that is great for any time of year. A simpler version of the traditional, this Hummingbird Bundt Cake is made using ripe bananas, crushed pineapple, spices, and toasted pecans, resulting in a moist and dense cake. To top it off, a thick and creamy cream cheese glaze is drizzled over it for the ultimate finishing touch.
The original version is made with cream cheese frosting spread in between cake layers. This moist Bundt cake recipe uses a pourable “glaze” instead of a thicker frosting. Basically, you use the same ingredients as the traditional layer cake, but I’ve made the recipe easier by baking it in a Bundt pan.
A tropical combination of ingredients like banana and pineapple makes this dessert incredibly moist. In some ways, it kinda reminds me of carrot cake, mainly since carrot cake uses cream cheese frosting and is made with savory spices like cinnamon.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- pecans toasted on the stovetop or in the oven
- three types of sugar: granulated/white sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar
- eggs that are lightly beaten
- around 4 large bananas
- canned crushed pineapple
- canola oil; you can also use vegetable oil
- vanilla extract for the cake and the glaze
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- cream cheese at room temperature
- pineapple juice reserved from the canned crushed pineapple for the glaze
- softened butter
How to make Hummingbird Bundt Cake:
Here are the steps to make a delicious Hummingbird Cake from scratch — Bundt-cake-style.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour your Bundt pan and add 1 cup of the toasted pecans evenly into the bottom of the pan. This recipe calls for a 12-cup Bundt pan.
- To make the cake, in a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, bananas, crushed pineapple, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and lightly combine. Spoon the batter evenly into the Bundt pan.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then, transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool for another 30 minutes.
- To make the glaze, blend the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, reserved pineapple juice, and milk until smooth.
- Finish by pouring the glaze over the cake and sprinkling the remaining toasted pecans over top of the glaze.
Tips when making your Hummingbird Bundt Cake
- Don’t drain your pineapple! Canned, crushed pineapple works best for the recipe because you’ll also want the additional moisture and flavor from the reserved juice in the can.
- Toasting your pecans adds a nutty flavor to your cake. To toast, you can either spread the pecans on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 350ºF for 10 to 15 minutes or add them to a skillet at medium heat until they’re lightly browned and fragrant.
- Want a thinner glaze? You can use whole milk to thin the glaze, but only add a little at a time. Make sure the glaze is not too loose, as you want most of the glaze to remain on top of the cake versus on the wire rack or cake plate. 🙂
- Grease your Bundt pan thoroughly. If greased correctly and evenly, removing the cake from the pan will be easy breezy.
- The riper the bananas, the more flavor your cake will have. If you do not have ripe bananas and want to ripen them, place foil on top of a baking sheet and place bananas on top of the foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until the bananas turn black. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Can I refrigerate or freeze my cake?
Yep! To refrigerate, store the cake in an airtight container. This recipe will hold for 3-4 days in the fridge. When you are ready to enjoy, take the cake out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature, softening it again.
The cake can be frozen after it’s been baked. Once it is cooled down, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months. To thaw, place it in the fridge the night before, then after removing it from the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature to soften.
This banana pineapple Bundt cake takes all the things you enjoy about the classic version and converts it into a simplified Bundt cake with a decadent cream cheese glaze. With pineapple, banana, and toasty pecans, there is so much to love!Print