Potluck Hummingbird Cake

"I love this cake. Adapted from the recipe of the "cake mix doctor" this is a heavy, flavorful, tasty cake. Great way to use us a few leftover bananas! Enjoy..."
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photo by Blessedscooks
Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • (If you havent toasted the pecans, now is the perfect time to do it while the oven is preheating. Just spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until you can smell them toasting.) Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.
  • Mix on low speed for 1 minute the cake mix, pineapple and juice, bananas, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Stop mixer and scrape down, then mix at medium speed for 2 minutes more.
  • Stir in by hand the cherries and 1/2 cup nuts.
  • Batter will be thick and fruit well blended.
  • Pour into bundt pan.
  • Bake on middle rack for 50-60 minutes.
  • Cake will be golden and spring back when touched.
  • Cool in pan for 20 minutes then invert and cool completely.
  • Make the cream cheese frosting.
  • Mix the cream cheese and butter on low 30 seconds.
  • Add the sugar, slowly still at low speed until well blended.
  • Add vanilla, increase to medium and beat 1 minute.
  • Frost cooled cake and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup pecans.
  • Store in the refrigerator up to one week.
  • Can be frozen up to 6 months.
  • Thaw overnite in the refrigerator before serving.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Canova B.
    what size jar of maraschino cherries?? You listed a jar. Canova Blake


  1. Caroline28
    I was amazed how easy it was, considering you just dump everything into a bowl. Turned out great, I think the cherries really added a good taste and texture to the cake. Hehe, I told everybody who asked if I had hummingbirds in it, that the red, mushy looking things were their brains. Kinda morbid, but so was the question. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing there is a difference between pineapple in it's own juice and syrup. I'm sure using "in it's own juice" pineapple makes a difference, but it is hard to find. Lots of praise for this cake, great recipe, thanks so much.
  2. Leslie J.
    Awesome cake! What a time saver from making the traditional Hummingbird cake. A great tip....get your bananas completely ripe by putting them in a a 300 degree oven until a black and silky appearance. The time varies by oven temp, green bananas will not work. Great recipe.
  3. June Morgan
    I made this cake this afternoon and just wanted to tell you that this cake is a winner, the texture is great, moist and tasty and really looked good. Thanks for posting the recipe. June in Dallas
  4. Rita1652
    Oh MY God!!!! this is so good!!!! I don`t like banana bread or cake but I made this I`m hooked! I didn`t put in the cherries! The recipe called for package yellow cake mix with pudding (2 layer size) I used yellow cake mix but it didn`t have pudding so I added a box of instant pudding! Worked out GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! Laurie I loved it and you for posting it Thanks! I have to add it to my cook book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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