The Hummingbird Cake

The Hummingbird Cake

The Hummingbird Cake is a signature southern dessert. It’s basically a banana and pineapple spiced cake with a cream cheese frosting. I baked this one for my parents anniversary. The eggless banana and pineapple cake was spiced prominently with cinnamon, a spice that some despise and i absolutely love!

The layers had a dulce-de-leche mascarpone filling and the entire thing was frosted with a ready made Pillsbury cream cheese frosting.  And not to forget, the crunch from the toasted nuts! Each slice was so filling and scrumptious! All the flavours mingled beautifully!!

The Hummingbird Cake

The Hummingbirds probably fed on fruits and nuts and hence this cake got it’s cute name. The Hummingbird cake is very rich and you get a sugar high when you dig into it. But don’t loathe it for its calories and sugar content, because technically it’s got fruits and nuts to its credit which make it healthy! Okay, not healthy but not hate worthy either.

Caramel is something that goes really well with cinnamon. So I thought it would be great to do a dulce-de-leche mascarpone filling between the two layers. And I was so right about it :).

The Hummingbird Cake

Once baked and filled, The Hummingbird Cake was frosted with a readymade Pillsbury cream cheese frosting which my sister had picked up from the airport while travelling.

I hope you have noticed my attempt at piping the rosettes out of the leftover dulce-de-leche mascarpone filling. Although not perfect, they were still a beautiful sight!

The Hummingbird Cake

For those of you, who aren’t aware what Dulce-de-leche is : It is a very creamy caramel, somewhat thick and golden. Usually made by cooking condensed milk till it reaches this state. The net is full of recipes to make this sweet delight. Some recipes require simmering the can of condensed milk in a big pot of water for 2-3 hours and some say that the oven can do the trick in about 2 hours of time. But I am personally a fan of convenience and use the  pressure cooker to make Dulce-de-leche in a record time of 30-35 minutes!! Basically, just submerge the can in enough water, that lies at least 1.5-2 inches above the can. Once the cooker lets a whistle at high heat, simmer for 25-30 minutes. And voila, you have the sweetest luxury with you in no time!

The Hummingbird Cake

If not comfortable, you can totally swap the dulce-de-leche mascarpone filling for the same cream cheese frosting that you will use around the cake as well. But on a serious note, there can’t be an easier way to make Dulce-de-leche than this!

If you try the eggless Hummingbird Cake , post a picture or leave a comment to let us know!! Keep baking fellas :).

The Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

The Hummingbird Cake


    For Banana-Pineapple Cake
  • 1 ½ cups All purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Sour Cream
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup mashed banana
  • ¾ cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • For Caramel Filling
  • 200 gms mascarpone cheese at room temp.
  • 200 gms Dulce-de-leche at room temp.
  • 1 can Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chopped roasted nuts for garnish


    For the Banana-Pineapple Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream with brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the ground cinnamon to it.
  3. Add in the salt, baking soda and the baking powder. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Next, mix in the mashed bananas and the crushed pineapple.
  5. Whisk in the oil and vanilla essence.
  6. Lastly, sift the flour into the creamed mixture until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 20-30 minutes, then turn them out of the pans and allow to cool completely.
  9. Place one cake layer on to the serving plate. Spread the dulce-de-leche mascarpone filling generously over it. Then top with the second cake layer, pressing lightly to adhere.
  10. Next, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.
  11. Press the chopped toasted nuts against the sides of the cake. Refrigerate for sometime. Then pipe the remaining mascarpone filling on top of the cake in rosettes.
  12. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  13. For Caramel Filling
  14. Use a rubber spatula to smoothen the mascarpone cheese and loosen it up.
  15. Little by little, mix in the dulce-de-leche until no golden streaks remain and the mixture is homogenous.


Roast the bananas in the oven for 5-7 minutes for extra flavour.

The Hummingbird Cake

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  1. This cake with filling sounds delicious.I normally make this without the filling will try this filling next time. Love how beautifully you have swirled the frosting.

    1. Thank you so much Neetha😍 I love piping rosettes on cakes..It makes them look so pretty!

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