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Hummingbird Cake

hummingbird cake

Hummingbird Cake

Looking for a delicious, and light summertime cake? Hummingbird cake, made with pineapple and banana, might just fit the bill (or plate)!

In my house, I believe that all desserts must include at least one form of chocolate. It’s pretty much a rule for me! I consider a dessert without chocolate an utter waste of calories!

However, my husband’s family is not as big of fan as I am. So, when I was deciding on which cake to make for my mother-in-law’s birthday, I had to throw that rule out the window and come up with a yummy ” non-chocolate” cake. The cake I came up with was delicious, and perfect for a summer evening. “Hummingbird Cake”, as it is called, is made with pineapple and banana and has a light flavor that was kind of a mix between a banana nut muffin and a spice cake. My mother-in-law loved it, and I’ll even admit that it was nice to have a little change from a chocolate dessert… Now pass me those chocolate chips!


Hummingbird Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 10-12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup milled flax seed
  • ¾ can crushed pineapple (in own juice) undrained
  • 4-6 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1- 8oz container cream cheese
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (for topping)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, sugars and spices. Mix in eggs one at a time until mixture is crumbly, then add oil and flax seed (flax seed can be omitted and replaced with ¼ cup of oil). Mix batter until smooth.
  3. Stir in pineapple and mashed banana.
  4. Pour into 2 greased 12 inch cake pans. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cooked through the center.
To make frosting:
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until all is blended. Allow to chill in fridge before use.
  2. When cake and frosting have cooled, frost cakes and top with walnuts.


Leanne Cox is a guest writer for She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration.

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