Caramel-Frosted Hummingbird Cake


The rich caramel and butter frosting hardens while it cools sealing in the moist goodness of this layer cake recipe.

Caramel-Frosted Hummingbird Cake
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Prep Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 cup mashed bananas (5 medium)

  • 1 cup cooking oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup peeled, shredded uncooked sweet potatoes (about 1/2 lb.)

  • 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple (juice pack), drained

  • 1 recipe Caramel Butter Frosting

Caramel Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 6 cup powdered sugar


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with waxed or parchment paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside.

  2. In bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cloves. Stir in bananas, oil, eggs, and vanilla until moist and thick. Stir in sweet potatoes and pineapple. Spread evenly in prepared pans.

  3. Bake 30 minutes or until pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Peel off paper. Cool completely.

  4. Prepare Caramel Butter Frosting. Place one layer, flat side up, on plate. Spread top only with 1-1/4 cups frosting. Stack and frost remaining layers. Makes 16 servings.

Caramel Butter Frosting

  1. In large saucepan melt butter; add brown sugar. Bring to boiling over medium heat; stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1 minute; cool 5 minutes. Whisk in milk until smooth. Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Use at once; frosting stiffens as it cools. Makes 4 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

741 Calories
27g Fat
125g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 741
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 125g 45%
Total Sugars 101g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 274mg 6%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.