Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 45 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

From pineapple to cream cheese, Hummingbird Bundt Cake has the same ingredients as the original popular layer cake but simplified by baking in a Bundt pan.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Step 2

Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Spoon batter over pecans.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).

Step 4

Prepare Glaze: Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp. milk in a food processor until well blended. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth. Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.

Ratings & Reviews

Incredibly delicious!

March 19, 2015
This is so moist and flavorful. I replaced the oil with melted butter and used over ripe bananas from the freezer and it turned out fantastic.

May 02, 2016

October 18, 2016
yes, I make a Hawaiian bread in mini loaves at Thanksgiving time which I give away along with my Pumpkin bread and I use walnuts in both.  I'm going to make this bundt cake and add coconut to it.  When I make my Hawaiian bread I add mini-chocolate chips to the recipe also.  This bread is a big hit with everyone I give it to.

shirleyjane's Review

October 30, 2013
I had the same problem that it never seemed to get cooked in the middle even after multiple time of adding 8-10 minutes and rechecking. Very dense and heavy cake and still not cooked inside - although mu kids LOVE it. Don't know if it was due to the following - substituted Namaste gluten free flour blend cup for cup; used 1 1/2 cups of sugar; adde more cinnamon; 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup applesauce in place of 3/4 cup of oil. Added some chocolate chips to one part of the cake - EXCELLENT!. Next time will NOT add the pineapple juice as indicated - way too wet. The taste was great - but will tweak next time. While we LOVE coconut oil, I do find it makes things denser, so will use less next time.

AvaJane's Review

January 23, 2012
Good but not amazing. I have made the traditional 3-layer cake for years, and this is not its equal. It is more like banana bread than cake. I think the fact that the traditional layer cake has tons more icing makes a difference, but I also found this recipe to be a bit dry. And I am unsure why the pecans in the cake are sprinkled into the bundt pan rather than being mixed into the batter. It is faster and easier than making a layer cake, and I'd make it again. But it is more accurately a "hummingbird-inspired" bundt cake.

Has anyone tried substituting walnuts for pecans?

April 03, 2015
This cake looks delicious.  I'm wondering if anyone has used walnuts instead of pecans.  

Great !!

March 19, 2015
This is great recipe I will definitely make this again I also mistakenly drain the pineapple but it still came out great . Added 1 cup of chopped maraschino cherries . I also skipped the icing completely, it was really moist didn'tthink it needed it . Thanks

Angelnina's Review

August 12, 2014
I love hummingbird cake, and this recipe is a winner! I've made Art Smith's version too, and this is just as good. I baked mine 55 minutes until a skewer could be inserted and came out clean.

JCA123456's Review

June 12, 2014
I made this for an Easter brunch. I put the nuts in the pan before baking and they got embedded into the cake. It was an OK cake. As someone else said, it tasted like banana bread. I personally wouldn't make it again. As I said, it was OK.

Georgiapeach99's Review

May 27, 2014