Hummingbird Cake

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h

Serves 12


  • For the Cake:
  • 6 medium, ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 1/2 ounces canned pineapple slices
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom or garam masala
  • For the Icing and Filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 large ripe mango or 12 ounce canned mango, sliced finely
  • Fresh edible flower petals, for decoration



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter three 9-inch springform cake pans and line with parchment paper.

Combine the bananas, oil, eggs, pineapple slices and pineapple juice in the bowl of a food processor and process until combined. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the remaining ingredients. Pour into the prepared pans, dividing the batter evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes come away from the sides of the pan. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Process the butter, sour cream, sugar and cream cheese until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Do not overprocess as it will become runny.


Place the bottom layer on a serving plate and cover with one-third of the icing. Spread with half of the mango slices. Top with the second cake layer and repeat, using another third of the icing and all of the remaining mango slices. Place the third cake layer on top and cover with the last of the icing. Decorate with the fresh flowers, if desired, and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 1102

nutrition information per serving

725 calories; 31g total fat; 113mg cholesterol; 256mg sodium; 107g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 8g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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