Lightened Hummingbird Cake

We lowered the fat and calories by substituting applesauce for some of the oil, using less butter and sugar, fewer eggs, and substituting light for regular cream cheese.

Lightened Hummingbird Cake
20 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


  • Vegetable cooking spray

  • 3 cups plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 3/4 cups mashed banana (about 5 to 6)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Coat 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with cooking spray; sprinkle 2 teaspoons flour evenly into pans, shaking to coat.

  2. Combine remaining 3 cups flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together eggs, applesauce, and oil; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in mashed banana, vanilla extract, and pineapple. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

  4. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

  5. Orginia Hummingbird cake per slice: Calories 476 (45% from fat); Fat 24g (sat. 6); Chol 57mg; Sodium 191mg.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

407 Calories
10g Fat
78g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 5g
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%

*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.

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