Indulge in a Sweet Southern Delight: Hummingbird Cake Oprah

We’re always looking for desserts that make us smile, and it’s hard to go wrong with the classic Southern Hummingbird Cake Oprah. This decadent cake features the flavor of sweet bananas and juicy pineapples, and a mix of spices and nuts make this cinnamon-laced candy a serious treat. Just wait until you catch a whiff of the tantalizing smell that fills the kitchen while this confection is baking!

This beloved Southern delicacy is said to have originated in Jamaica, where it’s known as Doctor Bird Cake. An influx of Jamaicans to the States over the years brought the cake with them and it soon became famous thanks to the likes of Oprah Winfrey.


  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1¼ cups chopped pecans
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup flaked coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour a 9×13 cake pan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and the oil until creamy. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Stir in the pineapple with juice, pecans, mashed bananas and coconut (if using).
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Hummingbird Cake Oprah is a richly satisfying dessert that combines scrumptious flavors, textures, and aromas. The unique combination of sweet and savory elements—arguably what sets this cake apart from other dessert recipes—makes it an ideal option for entertaining or an after-dinner treat. Even if you don’t have an affinity for Caribbean culture, you’re sure to appreciate the mix of pineapple, maple, and banana that comes together to create this delightful dish.

Whether you’re looking for a dessert to make for your next family reunion, a tasty snack to pack for your next outdoor adventure, or something special to wow a date, Hummingbird Cake Oprah is sure to please. Enjoy!