Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze ~ this one bowl recipe makes the Southern classic cake so much easier but every bit as delicious.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze ~ this one bowl recipe makes the Southern classic cake so much easier  ~ but don’t worry, it’s every bit as decadently delicious!

Hummingbird Bundt Cake on a white platter

Grab your prettiest bundt pan and let’s get baking ~ you’re going to be amazed at how quick and easy this recipe is, without skimping on any of the qualities that make a hummingbird cake so fantastic. It’s super moist, with lots of texture from diced bananas, crushed pineapple, and walnuts. I’ve winnowed the recipe down to one bowl and a few simple steps. That means you don’t have to block out an entire afternoon to make this for your family and friends.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake on a white platter with slice removed

I broke in my new Stained Glass Bundt Pan with this recipe. A hummingbird cake is traditionally an imposing layer cake, but using a bundt make it a little more casual, and more appropriate for breakfast or brunch.

TIP: If you want to show off the pattern in your bundt cake use a thinner glaze that will settle into the lines and highlight them. Just add more milk or cream to the recipe below. Make sure you let the cake cool completely before attempting to glaze it or your glaze will sink right in.

Intricate bundt pans are beautiful but removing the baked cake can be harrowing. Even with nonstick pans you need to prep them carefully. You can spray them with a baking spray that contains flour, or you can brush the surface with shortening and lightly flour it. Either way, wait 10-15 minutes after baking to attempt the big reveal. If a little bit remains in the pan, gently pry it loose and stick it right back onto the cake ~ nobody will know that anything’s amiss, and anyway, the glaze will hide the evidence.

The cake got even better the next day, and kept beautifully for several more days on the counter, covered loosely with foil ~ always a great quality in a cake!

Also try my ONE BOWL HUMMINGBIRD CAKE BARS for another casual take on this classic dessert.

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze ~ this one bowl recipe makes the Southern classic cake so much easier  ~ but don't worry, it's every bit as decadently delicious!
Course coffee cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Yield 16
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil I use safflower or canola
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple do not drain
  • 2 bananas diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts plus more for garnish


  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
  • milk or cream to thin


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Spray and flour your bundt pan (mine is a 9 cup capacity.)
  • Put the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and oil and mix until just blended. Mix in the vanilla, then fold in the pineapple, banana, and walnuts. Turn the batter in to the prepared bundt pan. Do not fill your bundt pan more than 3/4 full. If you have extra batter you can make a cupcake or two.
  • Bake for one hour, or until the cake is fully risen and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are ok.)
  • Set the pan on a rack and let cool for 10-15 minutes, then turn out of the pan and let cool completely on the rack.
  • To make the glaze, blend the cream cheese and butter, then add the vanilla, sugar, and enough milk or cream to get a spoon-able or spreadable glaze consistency. Spoon or spread over the top of the cooled cake, and spread over the sides. Garnish with chopped walnuts.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Note that you do not drain the crushed pineapple before adding it to the batter.
  • This hummingbird bundt cake can be made into a 3 layer cake, just divide the batter between 3 cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. To frost, cream 1 pound room temperature cream cheese with 1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter, then add 1 pound sifted confectioner’s sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla extract or paste.


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    April 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This cake looks scrumptious . Thank you for sharing your recipe .

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      April 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Alice!

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    2 sisters recipes
    April 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This happens to be one of our favorite cakes- love the bundt pan you used – so pretty !!

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      April 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      It’s one of mine, too!

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    April 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    You always have the most wonderful recipes.. love your website!!

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    April 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I’m so excited to make this beautiful cake! Is the butter salted or unsalted? Thanks!

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      April 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I always use unsalted butter in baking, Elizabeth, I’ll edit that, thanks!

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        April 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

        Thanks!! I’m making this beautiful cake for Easter 🙂

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    April 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Well that looks so moist and delish..and I love the pics.My carrot cake has the pineapple,but no bananas..
    Happy Easter Sue!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Look at all those wonderful walnuts! I bet this cake tastes as good as it looks. It’s so pretty and looks perfectly moist. What a great cake for Easter get-togethers!

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    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    April 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This cake looks so good, I would love to have some right now.

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This is the kind of cake I never get tired of. It looks so moist and has so much good stuff in it! I don’t think it would last around my house to find out if it was better the next day!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love hummingbird cake and the cream cheese icing is perfect! A nice change from carrot cake, too 🙂

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    April 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This reminds me of my favourite carrot cake 🙂 It looks really pretty, Sue.

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      April 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

      I couldn’t decide whether to make a carrot or hummingbird cake, but I love how moist the pineapple makes this cake, so I went with it.

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