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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  • Reply
    January 8, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Can’t wait to have a kitchen (remodel in demo mode currently) again to try this! Every time I try one of your recipes I get rave reviews. You should come to town and we can visit the Nordic Ware company store together! Love Bundt pans!

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      January 8, 2018 at 5:31 am

      Thanks so much Jo, I love to hear from satisfied customers 😉 I would love to visit the Nordic Ware store, next time I visit my daughter in Madison I’ll have to hop over!

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    gloria sweeney
    September 9, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Sue can this cake be made in a tube pan?

    • Reply
      September 9, 2017 at 8:01 am

      I don’t see why not, but I think most tube pans have a bigger capacity than bundts, so you’ll have to adjust the cooking time.

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    Gina G
    July 1, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I LOVE Hummingbird Cake so I can’t wait to try this! I noticed that you said it could last for several days on the counter, if using cream or milk in the glaze will it sour if left out?

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      July 1, 2017 at 7:21 am

      I find that frosting is fine left out, something to do with all the sugar, but if you’re concerned, you can refrigerate it.

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    May 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I have followed you for sometime and love the variety of dishes you share with us.
    I have made several of your recipes and they always turn out great. You are a dependable creative source of wonderful dishes for my table. Thank You!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

      You’re so welcome Michelle, I love to hear comments like this, and I hope my recipes continue to work so well for you!

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    April 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This will definitely be my next “covered dish” cake- It looks fabulous! 🙂

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    April 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Hi Sue,

    Do you think this could be made in a 13×9 pan?

    Love your blog 🙂



    • Reply
      April 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Hi Sarah, I think it could be, there’s quite a lot of batter ~ let us know how it works out, and thanks! PS I would double the frosting recipe.

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    April 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

    I have never tried making this Southern classic, mostly due to my husband’s aversion to anything containing pineapple 🙁 He won’t eat carrot cake either! Woe is me! Gosh it’s beautiful, Sue.

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      April 14, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Well Susan, the way I see it, the more for you! My husband won’t eat anything pumpkin, which is almost cause for divorce 😉

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    April 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I put pineapple in my carrot cake too!

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    April 13, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Wow Sue! What a tempting cake. Love all the flavors of a Hummingbird Cake and your twist on making it into a bundt cake is pure genius. And this pan. . .so pretty. I just wish I had space for another gorgeous pan.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This is such a dreamy cake! I love that cream cheese glaze, and your new pan is so pretty! 🙂

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