True Southern Delight: Hummingbird Cake {with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt!}

Who wants a slice of cake?  Oh wait….my family ate it all….BLURGH!!  I only had a one little tiny piece.  Guess there will have to be more made in the future…WOO HOO!!!!

Hummingbird Cake with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt

About two years ago, when I really started to realize how much I loved baking sweet treats.  My father requested a homemade cake for his birthday.  The problem with that request?  He lives over 700 miles away. I contemplated sending him a homemade cake…..BUT then realized I wanted the cake to be so fresh and perfect.  Sooooo, fast forward to last weekend, two years later, and FINALLY I can make a homemade cake for my daddy’s birthday!!!

My mom and I had so much fun in my crazy kitchen baking away.  Yes, yes, my kitchen was still not back to normal after the leak.  So try to bake in a not fully functioning kitchen is….well…..VERY challenging.  This determined girl was going to find a way to make this cake no matter what.

Hummingbird Cake with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt

Taking and changing up a true Southern classic just a wee bit is okay, right?  If one of the changes involves Chobani Greek Yogurt it has to be okay!  For the recipe I used, I adapted the hummingbird cake from Southern Living.  I also am a real butter freak, so decided to make buttercream frosting instead of cream cheese frosting.

A few weeks ago I received a delicious package of banana and pear flavor Chobani.  Since I knew my parents would be visiting for a few days, I knew I had to use the banana flavor in the cake.  I am not a fan of dry cake…..who is?  One of my personal tricks to making a moist cake is add in the yogurt, in addition to the other ingredients.

Mom and I also decided  that adding in the maraschino cherries would be a perfect addition, and  bring all the lovely flavors together-  AND the red from the cherries is so pretty included in each slice!

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Hummingbird Cake {with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt!}

A moist cake full of banana and pineapple, wrapped in a buttercream frosting!!!

40 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
2 (6oz) Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 1/4 cups canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium bananas, mashed (about 3 cups)
8 oz can of crushed pineapple in juice (I used a total of10 oz)
For Buttercream Frosting
4 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
4-5 cups confectioner sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbsps almond milk


Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Butter and lightly flour three 9 inch cake pans, and sit aside.

In small sauce pan, toast whole pecans for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned and aromatic.

In stand mixer, mix together sugar, eggs, Greek yogurt, oil, vanilla, bananas, and pineapple. Mix well.

In medium bowl, ,whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Slowly add in dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixer. Add in chopped toasted pecans.

Use a 1 cup measuring cup, and equally add in batter into each floured cake pan. Place whole maraschino cherries in batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.

For frosting: In mixer, mix together butter, confectioner sugar, vanilla and almond milk. Add more or less of each ingredient to get the perfect consistency, and flavor you love in your frosting.

Once your cake is cooled, frost the cake. Then enjoy!


Hummingbird Cake with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt

This cake really was a dream come true, seriously!  My father and I love banana cake, it is the birthday cake we request for our special day.  So this cake just steps it up a notch, and adds in some pineapple.  Happiness all around for sure….see!!!!

Hummingbird Cake with Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt

Have you had a hummingbird cake before?

Have you tried the banana or pear flavor Chobani yet?




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  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    A great cake to celebrate your dad´s day Terra! It looks gorgeous.
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Happy birthday, Terra's dad! This cake looks so good. Too bad there's none left.
  • So sweet that you were able to make a cake for your dad's birthday! Your cake looks delicious, I love using Greek yogurt too! :)
  • Anne B
    What an absolutely gorgeous cake! I have never baked (or tasted) a Hummingbird cake...though I've been wanting to make one for some time now. How very pretty yours turned out! I love chobani...and I love adding yogurt to cake recipes. It really does make them moist! So glad you were able to finally make this for your Dad's birthday. It looks like everyone certainly enjoyed it! : )
  • The cake looks spectacular, Terra. Happy Birthday to your dad!
  • What a great photo of you and your folks Terra. I have got to tel you that cake looks like a dream come true. I haven't baked with Chobani (I know - shame on me) and their factory is a couple counties away from where I live. Have a great weekend!
  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    I love Hummingbird Cake. Did you know that it's the most popular cake recipe ever published by Southern Living? Sure is. Your version looks really good as well - sort of a banana split cake!
  • Terra, this is beautiful! Oh my word! I want that cake!! All of it...just for me!
  • Awwww what a way to celebrate my friend, this looks delicious :D Cheers CCU
  • kitchenriffs
    Wonderful birthday cake! I agree dry cake is the pits - adding the yogurt certainly helps remedy that! I've never had hummingbird cake - time to remedy that, don't you think? (I know, I know - how can I have possibly lived so long without trying it?!!!). Good stuff - thanks.
  • Stunning Cake Terra!I love the pecans with yoghurt and fruits and it looks every bit the special birthday cake for your Dad :)Lovely pic too :)
  • Jamie
    Aren't you adorable with your folks! And what a fabulous cake! I so love the addition of flavored fruit yogurt to a cake batter. Brilliant. This looks really good - I've bookmarked this!
  • Mari’s Cakes
    I do, I do... I want a piece of cake too! It look delicious Terra. I love this cake, next time I bake one I'll try the cherries too :) A happy belated birthday to your dad, may he be blessed with many years of health and love.
  • CrazyforCrust
    That cake is SO gorgeous!