Dr. Bird Cake

Dr. Bird Cake is a soft cake flavored with banana and pineapple. It’s baked in a 9×13 pan, and is essentially a scaled down version of a classic Hummingbird Cake. It has a poured glaze icing that almost makes it like a coffee cake.

It’s one of those cakes that you can eat for breakfast or dessert, and I am fully onboard with that idea.

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…

Aren’t those cookbooks the best? Looking at everyone’s old recipes and the strange names they gave them…

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!

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Dr. Bird Cake


Description:

serves 12


Ingredients:

  • 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)

Icing

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

Instructions

  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.

Icing

  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.

Notes:

store airtight for up to 3 days

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jean
October 1, 2018 10:22 am

Can you use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil?

Eileen
June 22, 2015 3:42 am

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
March 30, 2015 10:05 pm

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

May 28, 2014 7:12 am

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

May 27, 2014 5:34 pm

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

Amy O
May 24, 2014 1:25 pm

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!

May 23, 2014 4:02 pm

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. 😉

May 23, 2014 11:00 am

Looks delicious! I love rediscovering old recipes.

Pam
May 23, 2014 8:06 am

Yes. Please!
And I agree on the crusty frosting

May 23, 2014 6:34 am

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.

kris
May 23, 2014 12:12 am

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

May 22, 2014 11:19 pm

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

Michelle
May 22, 2014 5:25 pm

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???

May 22, 2014 4:36 pm

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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