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Hummingbird Sheet Cake

Hummingbird Sheet Cake – A simple spin on classic hummingbird cake that is baked in a sheet pan! Spice cake loaded with banana and pineapple that’s topped with homemade cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Sheet Cake

This cake is absolutely delicious! If you’ve never had hummingbird cake before, then you are in for a treat. It is a simple spice cake made with both bananas and pineapple so each bite is filled with the flavors of the tropics. I made my version as a sheet cake because it’s easier – stacking cakes can be a real pain. You just make the batter, bake it, and then top it with homemade cream cheese frosting. That’s it!

Common Questions About Making a Hummingbird Sheet Cake

What is a hummingbird sheet cake?

A hummingbird sheet cake is a easy spin on vintage hummingbird cake that is a banana and pineapple spice cake. It is baked in a sheet pan and topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 12 slices.

How long does this cake last?

The cake will last up to three days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How can I decorate this cake?

I decorated the cake with chopped pecans but you could also use slices of pineapple or toasted coconut.

Should I toast the pecans?

If you have time, I would highly suggest doing so because it really brings out the flavor of the pecans. To do so, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the pecans on a lined sheet pan. Once the oven hits the right temperature, place the sheet pan in the oven for 7-8 minutes, tossing the nuts halfway through the cooking time. They should be fragrant. Make sure to let cool before handling.

Do I have to use pecans?

No, you could use walnuts instead.

What kind of pan should I use?

I used a half sheet pan but a jelly roll pan would also work, depending on what you have. They are similar sizes.

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Yield: 12 Slices

Hummingbird Sheet Cake

Hummingbird Sheet Cake

Hummingbird Sheet Cake - A simple spin on classic hummingbird cake that is baked in a sheet pan! Spice cake loaded with banana and pineapple that's topped with homemade cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Chopped pecans (for garnish - optional)


For the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9"x13" baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the oil and sugar together until smooth.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, whisking again until combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture into the oil mixture until combined.
  6. Add in the canned crushed pineapple (along with the juices in the can), mashed bananas, and pecans. Stir until combined.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy - about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully combined.
  3. Slowly add in the milk until your desired consistency is reached, it should be spreadable, yet not too wet.
  4. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake and garnish with chopped pecans (if desired).
  5. Slice and enjoy!

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Patricia a Young

Friday 15th of July 2022

Can I substitute Stevia for the sugar?


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Can you make it without nuts?


Sunday 29th of May 2022

I made Hummingbird Sheet Cake it turned out good. I followed the recipe exactly. I had enough frosting to cover three cakes, that’s with loading sheet cake with thick frosting. Put what’s left in bowl and put in frig. In case anyone ask for more. Id make again. Sheet cakes are a lot easier than layer cakes. Thanks for recipe


Sunday 29th of May 2022

A 9 x 13 pan is not a sheet pan or jelly roll pan. That's a regular cake pan.

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