Gluten-Free Hummingbird Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten-free hummingbird cake

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 36 servings

Hummingbird cake is a sweet southern cousin to carrot cake. Pineapples, bananas, and pecans add fabulous flavor to this popular traditional cake.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe that appears in Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone.

For special occasions, make a beautiful layered round Hummingbird cake. For a fast and easy cake, bake this Hummingbird cake in a sheet pan. 


  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour (OR superfine brown rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch (OR corn starch)
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (light)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum (OR xanthan gum)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil (light OR canola oil)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8-ounce can​ pineapple (crushed with juice)
  • 2 cups bananas (diced, 3 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Steps to Make It

Preheat oven to 350 F/176 C. Use two round 9-inch cake pans, one 9x13 pan or 36 muffin cups for this recipe. If using cake pans, lightly grease and dust with sweet rice flour. Line cupcake tins with paper cups.

  1. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use a large whisk to thoroughly combine.

  2. Add oil, eggs, and vanilla and use an electric mixer to combine. The batter will be stiff.

  3. Fold in the pineapple with juice, bananas, and pecans and stir to combine.

  4. Pour batter evenly into pans or muffin cups.

  5. Place pan(s) into the preheated oven. Bake batter in cake pan(s) 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. The top of the cake with be golden brown. Bake cupcakes for about 25 to 35 minutes or until done.

  6. Cool cakes before frosting. Remove round cakes from pans by carefully running a thin spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen the sides of cake from the pans. Invert pans with cooled cakes on a wire rack before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 ounces cream cheese

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free powdered sugar

  1. While cake or muffins are cooling place butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until smooth.

  2. Add powdered sugar gradually and beat until smooth and creamy.

  3. When the cake is cool frost.

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.