Pecan pie, peach cobbler, red velvet cake – these are all popular southern desserts that are always a hit at potlucks and parties. But let’s be honest, there’s something extra special about hummingbird cakes!
Banana, pineapple, pecans, and cream cheese is simply a match made in heaven, after all. And what’s also great about hummingbird cakes is that they’re just as appetizingly sweet and tangy when made as sheet cakes.
So if you haven’t tried hummingbird sheet cake yet, it’s definitely worth it.
But why not try it today? We’ve rounded up the 15 best hummingbird sheet cake recipes you’re sure to love.
Grab your favorite apron and get started now!
This recipe offers a hummingbird sheet cake using a classic hummingbird cake recipe. It has a familiar traditional taste, as a result, but is much easier to make, using fewer ingredients overall and, of course, just one sponge layer.
So for this recipe, you’ll most likely find a lot of the ingredients at home. It takes 2 hours and 45 minutes in total to make (including cooking and cooling time), yielding an ample 16 servings.
What we liked about this hummingbird sheet cake recipe is that it delivered the perfect balance of tanginess and spice. It’s also quick and easy to whip up, as the total time comes in at 40 minutes – 15 minutes going to prep time.
So it’s a straightforward hummingbird sheet cake recipe that you can’t go wrong with if it’s your first time making a sheet cake.
There are only 13 instructions to follow too – 8 steps for the sheet cake and 5 for the frosting. Simple!
This “best hummingbird sheet cake” recipe looks as good as it tastes, so it really does the name.
It’s perfect for sharing and serving to guests, yielding up to 14 servings with just a handful of ingredients you can easily get your hands on at home or at your local supermarket.
All in all, this recipe takes just over an hour to put together, involving 20 minutes of prep time and 50 minutes to cook. And it includes all the classic ingredients: pineapple, banana, walnuts and pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cream cheese.
The coconut in this easy hummingbird sheet cake recipe makes all the difference. And it really is easy, as there are only six simple steps to follow before it’s ready to serve.
That’s with a total time of 1 hour and 10 minutes, 25 minutes going to preparation.
The main ingredients you’ll need for the cake are all purpose flour, cane sugar, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon, bananas, pineapple, oil, eggs, flaked coconut, and vanilla extract. For the frosting: cream cheese, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.
This hummingbird sheet cake recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare – so it’s one of the quickest and easiest recipes on this list, perfect if you run a busy schedule.
It also only requires 15 ingredients in total, but that doesn’t detract from how great it tastes, including how moist this cake came out!
These ingredients are flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, pineapple, pecans, and bananas for the cake, then cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, and vanilla for the icing. Once gathered, there are just 13 steps to follow.
If you’ve never tried hummingbird cake with mango, you’re missing out. Mango complements the pineapple and banana perfectly and doesn’t overpower the cake in terms of fruitiness.
This mango hummingbird sheet cake recipe uses 16 ingredients, and involves just four straightforward instructions to follow.
What’s great about this recipe is that it uses mango both for the sheet cake sponge and the cream cheese icing. It also includes shredded coconut, so it’s extra chewy with more of a nutty, milky taste!
If you prefer to save time by using cake mix instead of making it yourself, this recipe is for you. There’s nothing with it, after all, and this easy hummingbird sheet cake recipe only proves that using cake mix can be just as tasty!
There are just three steps to follow to make this hummingbird sheet cake recipe, using 16 ingredients: white cake mix, pineapple, bananas, oil, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, walnuts, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and almond extract, and heavy cream.
This old fashioned hummingbird sheet cake recipe takes a little longer to make at 1 hour and 35 minutes in total, but the end result makes it all worth it.
We must add that prep time is only 15 minutes, so the rest of the time goes to cooking and cooling.
This recipe follows a traditional hummingbird cake recipe, but throws in apple sauce for an extra fruity kick. It’s perfect for serving to guests with coffee or taking to a party or gathering for sharing around – or you can always just eat it all by yourself!
You wouldn’t think it, but yes – orange cream cheese icing on hummingbird cake really is mouth-wateringly delicious.
So if you’ve never tried it, here’s the perfect recipe for you, which will take just 20 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake.
The ingredients you’ll need include butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, cake flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice, bananas, pineapple, orange, pecan nuts, full fat cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest, and plain yogurt. The yogurt is used in the sponge, and gives it a creamier taste!
If you’re strapped for time, here’s a hummingbird sheet cake that really is effortless to put together. It only involves a few instructions overall, plus premade white cake mix to help cut down on the preparation time.
Other than that, you’ll need pineapple and bananas, oil, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla extract, and walnuts for the cake, then powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and heavy cream for the icing. It yields 16 servings in total, so you’ll have plenty to go around.
This southern hummingbird sheet cake recipe is traditional but with a slight twist on the cake ingredients: less butter and sugar. This is good if you’re watching your calorie intake, but another bonus is that it helps to keep the cake extra moist for longer than usual!
The full ingredients list includes all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, sugar, pineapple, banana, and pecans, plus cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla for the frosting. And with its total time of 1 hour and 5 minutes, the recipe is well worth trying.
For something a little different to hummingbird sheet cake, this recipe makes a classic hummingbird cake but without the layers.
But despite having just one, it’s a hummingbird sheet cake with a tall sponge that’s really thick and fluffy.
We enjoyed this recipe because it was easy to make. It also looks great thanks to the Charlotte pan used to form the shape, so it’s ideal if you need a cake that you can take to a party or gathering!
Sometimes you don’t want or need 10+ servings when baking a cake. If you relate, this mini hummingbird cake recipe will be right up your alley, as it creates four no-nonsense servings with just 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven!
This mini hummingbird cake has just one layer too, so it doubles as a sheet cake that’s easy to make and slice. On top of that, the 11 instructions are simple to follow, broken up into making the cake, making the frosting, and, finally, frosting the cake.
Hummingbird sheet cake with caramel cream cheese? Yes, please! This simple touch gives the hummingbird sheet cake a whole new level of sweetness, perfect if you have a sweet tooth or simply can’t get enough of caramel.
As a result, this is hummingbird sheet cake that will surprise whoever you serve it to. It yields up to 12 servings in total, but we guarantee you’ll be returning to this recipe to make more.
Did we save the best for last? Find out for yourself! This hummingbird sheet cake recipe uses white chocolate cream cheese frosting and we dare say it tasted absolutely divine.
It makes 20 servings as well, so you’ll be enjoying this recipe for a few days to come.
What’s great about this recipe is that adding the white chocolate is as simple as mixing it in with the cream cheese frosting. Simply melt it in a heat proof mixing bowl and allow it to cool before adding it to the cream cheese. You won’t regret it!
That wraps up our list of the 15 best hummingbird sheet cake recipes to try today. Hummingbird cakes are a well-loved favorite and sheet cakes just offer a new way to make and enjoy them. So what are you waiting for? Try one of these recipes today!