Dr. Bird Cake

This cake, with it’s strange name and all, is easily one of the yummiest I’ve had in a while. It’s perfectly nostalgic, kinda coffee-cake-ish, kinda banana bread-ish, with a yummy pourable butter frosting coating the whole thing!

I know this cake sounds weird. I get it.

And to be honest I don’t love the name at all. Because I don’t really enjoy going to doctors. And I sincerely despise birds.

Like for real hate hate hate.

They are so swoopy and pecky and dude they fly.


It’s creepy!

Plus, around here there are like buzzards and things and they’re just waiting for you to die so they can peck your eyeballs out.

Hungry yet?

AND there are birds that can talk. It basically defies the laws of nature.

Once I got close to a bird and it said “Hola” to me. I swear it happened. So nevermore will I be close enough to a bird that I can hear it speaking to me and then inevitably having it peck my eyeballs out. Never.More.


But this cake. Despite the name it rules the world.

Dr. Bird Cake.

Dr. Bird Cake...A southern cake loaded with banana and pineapple with a buttery glaze!

I didn’t invent this one. It’s apparently been around for ages. I got the recipe in one of my mom’s old-timey compilation recipe books…

Dr. Bird Cake

But after doing a little research I found that Dr. Birds are another name for Hummingbirds.

So essentially this is a Hummingbird Cake.

I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly and then made it in a 9×13 pan.

Cakes made in 9×13 pans always seem easier to me. Like a perfect weeknight or Sunday dessert. Right?


Anyhow, this cake has banana…

Sliced Bananas

And also some crushed pineapple. Yep, it’s good.

Crushed Pineapple

I whisked my dry ingredients together…

Sifted Flour

And combined them with the wet ones to make a batter.

Dr Bird Cake Batter

After I baked it it looked like this…

Dr. Bird Cake

You could certainly stop there. Or you could dust it with powdered sugar. OR you could whip up some cream cheese frosting…

But I decided to make a butter glaze frosting. Because I love a frosting that gets all crusty when it sets.

Glazing the Dr. Bird Cake

Seriously, look how good…

Dr. Bird Cake.. a lot like Hummingbird Cake! So easy and delicious!

Such a classic and yummy recipe!



Dr. Bird Cake


serves 12


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 2 large bananas, diced (scant 2 cups)


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. IN large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer mix oil, pineapple, vanilla, whisked eggs and diced bananas until lightly combined. With mixer on lowest setting add in the dry ingredients until batter just comes together.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes.


  1. Combine powdered sugar, melted butter and milk in a bowl and whisk until all lumps are gone.
  2. Pour icing onto warm cake and allow to cool completely.


store airtight for up to 3 days

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Here’s another strangely named dessert, that is to-die for!

Mud Hen Bars


Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Can you use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil?


I tried this recipe yesterday and it tasted great! Bananas, pineapple and cinnamon was certainly a combination I had never baked before. I especially loved how all of these flavors came together.

Thank you for the lovely recipe!

Debbie Caraballo
Debbie Caraballo

This cake is delicious, no matter what it’s called…we use cream cheese icing mostly ….birds are awesome creatures! Most are so pretty, and the pet types can be so sweet and loving. Now, as far as flying, and being evil? BATS, I tell ya!! lol


This cake looks so good! I like banana and pineapple in this cake 🙂

Jennifer | Bake or Break

Hummingbird cake is one of my all-time favorites, and this version looks just wonderful!

Amy O
Amy O

I plan to make this today, but I’m not sure which pineapple to use. I bought 1 can of crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice and 1 can in heavy syrup. Which would be better? Thank you!

Nikki @Seeded at the Table

Dr. Bird…. totally expecting it to have Dr. Pepper and maybe some sort of bird in it. lol! I much prefer your version rather than what my mind made up. 😉

Stephanie @ Plain Chicken

Looks delicious! I love rediscovering old recipes.


Yes. Please!
And I agree on the crusty frosting

Chloe @ foodlikecake

That looks so good! I love the name 🙂


As a PhD whose dissertation work was in songbirds…I HAVE to make this, LOL! Plus I love the idea of a cake with both crushed pineapple and bananas.


The Toledo Mudhens are a “farm” baseball team in Ohio.

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

Ooh I just love hummingbird cake! This looks lovely and light.


Looks DELICIOUS!!! I have to tell you I absolutely love all of your recipes!!!! Thank you for all the time you take to share them with us!!!! Do you think a Brown Butter Frosting would be good on this???

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

The name is so intriguing! You convinced me – I gotta try it!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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