Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake recipe

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Autumn meets tropical in this sensational Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake. This cake is tall and substantial, thickly laden with rich, tangy cream cheese frosting, and bursting with a tapestry of irresistible ingredients and flavors, least of all pumpkin and spice, but also including toasted pecans, pineapple, and coconut. This Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake is an instant fall classic!

Course Cake
Keyword hummingbird cake, pumpkin cake, pumpkin hummingbird cake
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 16
Author Sarah


For Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake:

  • 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 8 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice, NOT drained
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut divided
  • 2 cups chopped pecans divided

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 - 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar


For Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, crushed pineapple and juice, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.

  2. In another large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and cinnamon.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.

  4. Fold in 1 cup shredded coconut and 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans.

  5. Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.

  6. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until edges are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

  8. Remove from the oven, and cool cake in pan on a wire rack, but leave the oven on (to toast the garnishes).

  9. While oven is still hot, spread remaining 1/2 cup shredded coconut and remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans on a small baking sheet.

  10. Bake for 1-2 minutes, stir, and bake for another 1-2 minutes, or until they're toasted, golden, and fragrant. Watch closely because they can burn rather quickly -- toasting only takes a few minutes total.

  11. Set aside to cool completely.

  12. Prepare cream cheese frosting.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.

  2. Beat in 2 tbsp. heavy cream and the vanilla extract.

  3. Gradually add 4 cups powdered sugar, beating until mixture is smooth and creamy.

  4. Beat in additional powdered sugar or heavy cream, as needed, to achieve desired consistency. Frosting should be creamy and easy to spread, not stiff like a buttercream frosting, but a little looser.

  5. Frost cake. Garnish with toasted coconut and toasted pecans.