Hummingbird Cake Recipe

October 2014

Maggie Mae Tea Room Adairsville

Maggie Mae’s Tea Room in Adairsville GA makes a darn tasty southern cake. The Hummingbird cake is a favorite dessert in the southern states, it’s so popular it has the distinction of being the most requested recipe in Southern Living Magazine’s history.

That was enough for me to head to the café and order up a piece of cake. Verdict? Sweet cake heaven on a fork! For those who can’t get to Adairsville anytime soon and would like to try their hand at baking a hummingbird cake, we’re posting the recipe just for you, but please don’t blame us if you gain a pound or two yummy’ing up this cake!

Hummingbird Cake Recipe3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups mashed ripe bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 pound butter, softened

1 pound confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

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