Hummingbird Cake

A Stunning Hummingbird Cake accented with walnuts and dried Pineapple Flowers. It's beautiful and delicious!Hummingbird Cake with Pineapple Frosting and dried Pineapple Flower decorations

I love everything about this Hummingbird cake! First of all, it’s full of pineapple chunks, bananas, and walnuts! Then it’s covered in a sweet and yummy pineapple frosting and decorated with dried pineapple flowers.

The entire cake is just stunning if I do say so myself!

The flowers are really the main attraction to the cake.

I love them cascading down the side of the cake. I thought about putting them on the top, but then changed my mind when I was looking at the cake. What do you think?  Do you like them asymmetrical like this?

If you weren’t already in love with the pineapple flowers from the first tutorial, here, I hope you are now!

I’m just blown away each time I look at the photos. I love how imperfect they are. They each have their own character and whimsy-ness. They just make me happy.

And a happy baker is a happy blogger.

Enough about the outside, let’s get to the inside of this cake! It’s packed with pineapple chunks and bananas. Toss in some toasted walnuts and it’s just wonderful!

The original recipe made three 9″ round cakes, but I don’t have three pans… so I made two 8″ cakes and two 6″ cakes. It worked out great. I just used one smaller cake on top – the second one is carefully tucked away in my freezer waiting for summer day to be consumed!

Frankly, I think any day is a great day for this cake!

Hummingbird Cake

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Three layer Hummingbird Cake full of pineapples, bananas, and walnuts with a pineapple frosting and decorated with dried pineapple flowers.
  • 2 C ripe banana, mashed (approximately 3)
  • 1½ C vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, including juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C walnuts, chopped + more for decorating
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and prepare thee 9" round cake pans with nonstick spray or parchment.
  2. Beat the bananas, oil and eggs in your stand mixer and add in the pineapple and vanilla.
  3. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. Hand stir in the walnuts.
  5. Divide the batter into three pans and bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Frost with Pineapple Frosting. Add walnuts to the lower half of the cake by pressing them into the frosting by the handful.
  8. Decorate with Dried Pineapple Flowers.
  9. Cut and serve!
NOTE - If you refrigerate the cake, do so without the flowers. The humidity in the ridge will soften the dried flowers and make them more leathery. Save a ¼ cup of the frosting in a baggie and pipe on wet frosting to adhere the flowers when you are ready to serve.

Recipe from here

 Tutorial for the Pineapple Flowers HERE


Recipe for the Pineapple Frosting HERE



  1. This cake is stunning! The flavours sound delicious too!

  2. Hummingbird cake is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I really enjoyed your decorations on the cake. I think it captures the flavors and dynamics of the cake wonderfully!

  3. Wow! This looks incredible, you are one talented lady!

  4. Unbelievably gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  5. Another beautiful recipe. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week

  6. Wow!!! You have some serious cake skills going on! This is absolutely stunning! The dried pineapple flowers are pure genius!

  7. Sara Willard says:

    I know this post is a few months old now, but I have a question! You clearly didn’t do three 9 inch layers here – can you share what you did? Two 9 inch and two 8 inch? Two nine inch and one 8 inch? Did you change the batter at all to accommodate?

    I just love the look of the smaller top layers and I’d like to do mine the same but want to be sure! Thanks so much in advance!!!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      The original recipe made three 9″ round cakes, but I don’t have three pans… so I made two 8″ cakes and two 6″ cakes.

  8. I was introduced to Humming bird cake on my mission in Northern Florida. Love it. You cake is beautiful.- If you are ever looking for something different to do with it, add 2 TBS of Cinnamon to the cream cheese frosting.


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