Hummingbird cake

The ideal teatime treat!

Hummingbird cake is a fan-favourite, and will be gone in a flash once you finish icing it!

Walnuts on top not only add a great crunch, they’re also a natural way to decorate your cake.




Preheat oven to 170ºC. Line a 24cm cake tin with baking paper. Sift flour and spice into a large bowl, then stir in brown sugar, coconut and nuts. 


Mash bananas in a medium bowl, then mix in pineapple and eggs. Fold into flour mixture with the oil. Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Put cream cheese, butter, vanilla and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 5 minutes or until very light. Spread icing over cake, then decorate with walnut halves. Leave to set, then serve.

Why do they call it a hummingbird cake?

Hummingbird cake originated in Jamaica, where it was first called doctor bird. It is named after the island’s national bird, which is the scissor tail hummingbird (also called the doctor bird).

What does a hummingbird cake taste like?

Hummingbird cake is known to taste like banana bread mixed with carrot cake, with the addition of tropical ingredients like pineapple.

Hummingbird cake variations:

Hummingbird slice

Hummingbird dump cake

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