Hummingbird Poke Cake

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Hummingbird Cake, with its moist texture and flavoring from pecans, pineapple, and banana, is one of my favorite southern cakes. Usually I make a traditional-style  Hummingbird Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, but I was in the mood to make a poke cake, Hummingbird style.

Hummingbird Poke Cake

I had never eaten a Hummingbird Poke Cake before, but I thought it would be a fun and unique dessert. Poke cakes are so wonderfully moist and I love that they can be made a day or two in advance.

Hummingbird Poke Cake


To start, I added 1 cup of ripe mashed banana, an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple, and 1 cup of chopped pecans to a box of yellow cake mix. I then added the water and oil that the cake mix called for but cut down on their amounts since I was adding liquid and moistness with the pineapple and banana.

Hummingbird Poke Cake

To bake the batter, I used a 9×13-inch pan and I let the cake cool slightly before I poked holes in it using the back of a wooden spoon.

Next I mixed together vanilla pudding mix (you could use banana flavor if you want a stronger banana taste), milk, and sweetened condensed milk and slowly poured it over the cake so that it seeped down into the holes. After the cake had been in the refrigerator for about 6 hours, I made a delicious, creamy but light frosting using cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar.

Hummingbird Poke Cake

After spreading the frosting on the cake, I did a sprinkling of pecans and it was ready to be devoured. The texture was wonderfully moist and sweet, almost like a tres leches cake. It’s an easy and fun make-ahead cake that will feed a crowd.

Hummingbird Poke Cake

Are you a huge fan of Hummingbird Cake? Try this Hummingbird Cake with Caramel Icing.

Watch the short video below to see how easy this cake is to make.

Hummingbird Poke Cake

Hummingbird Poke Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 364kcal
An exceptionally moist and delicious Hummingbird Poke Cake flavored with banana, pineapple, and pecans. Topped with a creamy and sweet cream cheese frosting.
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  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup ripe, mashed banana
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together cake mix, banana, crushed pineapple, oil, water, eggs, and cinnamon until smooth. Stir in 1 cup pecans.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until firm to the touch on top.
  • Let cool 10 minutes and then poke holes in cake, spaced about 1 inch apart, using the end of a wooden spoon.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat pudding mix, milk, and sweetened condensed milk together at medium-speed until smooth and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Slowly and evenly pour over cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • To make frosting, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup of whipped topping together. Add sugar and remaining topping and beat just until combined.
  • Spread frosting over cake and sprinkle with pecans.


This recipe can be made a day or two in advance.


Calories: 364kcal

Post originally published July 20, 2014.

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35 thoughts on “Hummingbird Poke Cake

  1. This cake was amazing! Our whole family loved it! The cream cheese frosting is wonderful- not too sweet like so many recipes. What a treat! Thank you for this great recipe!!!

  2. Okay, this doesn’t EXACTLY taste like a hummingbird cake, but it is a zillion times easier and VERY good.

  3. I came on your site to get The Original Hummingbird cake recipe but when I saw the Poke Cake, I knew this was the one I needed it to make! I’ve never really liked layering cakes so this is just right up my alley! I have made one other poke cake (The PeanutButter Finger Cake) and everybody devours that one like crazy so I’m sure this one will go over just as well as the other….Cant’t wait to start making it!

  4. Made this cake yesterday for company, worse cake I ever made. Sounds so good, but really had very little taste. Threw most of it out to the birds.

  5. Nom nom nom. Why?! Why does this look so delicious? I absolutely love condensed milk. Love everything about this recipe, actually. I’ve never had cake with pineapple AND banana in it. Interesting. Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  6. You didn’t! Yes you did…a hummingbird poke cake! Hummingbird cakes are one of my favorites, so I love this idea and I’d love a great big slice. 🙂

  7. I am so glad you reminded me of hummingbird cake! I had never had it here in California, but when visiting family in Kansas I had a slice at a dinner party. It is so good! Such great flavors. Your version looks delicious. Can’t wait to make it!

  8. I have yet to enjoy hummingbird cake! I keep meaning to make it and it just never happens! This looks delicious! And I also have never made a poke cake so maybe it’s time to kill two birds with one stone…. 🙂

  9. This looks awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a hummingbird cake (and I even lived in the South for a couple years!) but I always see them and they sound awesome. Yours looks especially amazing with the pudding seeping through!! yum!!

  10. Wow, this is one amazing looking cake, Christin! I love all the flavors of a hummingbird cake but still haven’t made one yet. A poke cake is such a fantastic idea! I love that I don’t have to worry about layering and decorating the cake so this one sounds perfect! Pinning 🙂

  11. The cake looks incredible!! so moist and so delicious.. Bananas, pineapples, pecans and cream cheese 😀 all my favourite ingredients… Yumm!! I have never heart of poke cake before. I definitely need to try this hummingbird poke cake.

  12. Can you believe I’ve never tried a poke cake before? I think I’ve pinned about a million recipes from pinterest, but never attempted one myself. This one looks amazing! I love the banana and pineapple combo, sounds perfect!

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