Hummingbird Cake always reminds me of childhood. When my childhood best friend had a birthday her Mum would often buy a Hummingbird Cake. Boy did I love that cake! Full of delicious banana and pineapple with a yummy cream cheese icing. I always felt really fancy eating this cake. I felt so grown up.

When it came time to pick recipes for The Picnic Issue of the The 4 Blades Magazine I couldn’t go past this cake. These just screams of warm weather and spring.

My partner often takes in my creations to his work to share and get feedback on. This one was so popular a colleague requested another for her team meeting in a few days time. You know it’s good when you get requests. I hope you love this cake as much as we do!

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Hummingbird Cake

  • Serving Size: 10

  • Author: The road to loving my Thermo Mixer


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 480g self raising flour
  • 150g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 450g tin of crushed pineapple, you will use juice and all
  • 50g shredded coconut


  • 125g cream cheese
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a springform pan with baking paper.
  2. Add banana (1) to bowl. Speed 6 / 5 seconds. Scrape down sides.
  3. Add self raising flour (480g), sugar (150g), eggs (3), olive oil (100g), vanilla (1 tsp), salt (1 tsp), cinnamon (1 tsp), crushed pineapple (450g) and coconut (50g) to bowl. Speed 5 until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared tin.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when tested.
  6. Remove cake from the oven. Allow to cool slightly before removing paper and allowing to rest on a wire rack.
  7. Once completely cool, place cream cheese (125g) and icing sugar (200g) into clean bowl. Speed 7 until combined and smooth.
  8. Ice cake with cream cheese icing and top with chopped walnuts.


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  1. Tracey September 2, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Thanks Peta. This is one of my absolute favourite cakes, but would you believe I have never actually made one. Like you, evokes childhood memories, as it was a specialty of one of my friend’s Mum’s. Is on the list for the weekend.

  2. Wendy September 4, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Looks delicious but what size tin did you use for this cake?

    • Peta September 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      This was a 20cm tin as I wanted a slightly higher cake 🙂

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