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Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

This Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is a fun way to celebrate the return of spring! It’s incredibly moist and delicious, and filled with all the wonderful flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and pineapple! Make it and share with family, friends, and neighbors!

Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Overhead photo of Hummingbird Sheet Cake that's topped with a white chocolate frosting, and stenciled using purple and green frosting | Image and Copyright Policy: © Beyond the Butter, LLC.
Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Overhead photo of Hummingbird Sheet Cake that's topped with a white chocolate frosting, and stenciled using purple and green frosting | Image and Copyright Policy: © Beyond the Butter, LLC.
Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Overhead photo of Hummingbird Sheet Cake that's topped with a white chocolate frosting, and stenciled using purple and green frosting | Image and Copyright Policy: © Beyond the Butter, LLC.
Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Overhead photo of Hummingbird Sheet Cake that's topped with a white chocolate frosting, and stenciled using purple and green frosting | Image and Copyright Policy: © Beyond the Butter, LLC.

how to make hummingbird sheet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

This hummingbird sheet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting is a fun and easy recipe to make! And what’s great is you don’t need your mixer!

Before starting, I suggest preparing the following ingredients so you can move through the recipe without any interruptions:

  • Eggs – these should be at room temperature and lightly beaten prior to adding to the hummingbird sheet cake mixture.
  • Crushed Canned Pineapple – the juice should be drained from the pineapple, which I did using a strainer.
  • Bananas – The bananas you use in this recipe should be soft, well- ripened, and smashed together in a bowl.

To begin making this hummingbird sheet cake recipe, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then with a spatula, you’ll stir in the lightly beaten eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until the batter is moistened. One at a time, you will then fold in the pineapple, bananas, and pecans. The batter should be thick and mushy in texture. Pour the batter into a generously sprayed 9″ x 13″ cake pan and bake for 50-55 minutes at 350ºF.

white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Just like with the hummingbird sheet cake, this fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe comes together easily! This cream cheese frosting recipe makes enough to cover the top and sides of the 9″ x 13″ sheet cake, plus extra for stenciling the top of the sheet cake.

Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Overhead photo of Hummingbird Sheet Cake that's topped with a white chocolate frosting, and stenciled using purple and green frosting | Image and Copyright Policy: © Beyond the Butter, LLC.
Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | All Images © Beyond the Butter, LLC.

cake stenciling tools

Here are a few suggested cake stenciling tools I used for decorating my Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Ateco 1325 2-Pack Icing Spreaders
Plastic Spatula Palette Knives
Martha Stewart Laser-Cut Stencils – Otomi
Wilton Icing Spatula Set for Baking, 3-Piece – 13 and 9-Inch Angled and 11-Inch Straight Spatulas
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Ateco 1325 2-Pack Icing Spreaders
Plastic Spatula Palette Knives
Martha Stewart Laser-Cut Stencils – Otomi
Wilton Icing Spatula Set for Baking, 3-Piece – 13 and 9-Inch Angled and 11-Inch Straight Spatulas
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Ateco 1325 2-Pack Icing Spreaders
Plastic Spatula Palette Knives
Martha Stewart Laser-Cut Stencils – Otomi
Wilton Icing Spatula Set for Baking, 3-Piece – 13 and 9-Inch Angled and 11-Inch Straight Spatulas
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
This Hummingbird Sheet Cake is so moist and delicious, and filled with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and pineapple. Top it with this silky White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and you have yourself the perfect dessert! (stencil from Martha Stewart line at Michaels) #hummingbirdsheetcake #sheetcake #beyondthebutter #creamcheesefrosting #marthastewart

cake stenciling tips

There are many different ways you can stencil a cake, but the following tips are what worked well for me with this hummingbird sheet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe. If you’ve stenciled a cake before, I would love to hear what has worked well for you in the comments below!

And I will be honest and say the cake stenciling did take some time and required a little patience, so this part of the process is totally optional! If skipping the stenciling, you can reduce the recipe using the amounts mentioned in the notes section of the recipe below.

coloring

  • Plan out ahead of time what color(s) you’d like to use for stenciling the sheet cake. If you’re stuck on what colors to use, I suggest heading over to Pinterest to search for spring time (or whatever season you’re currently in) color palettes. And then, while you’re over there, give my page a follow.☺️
  • I mixed the Wilton color gels with small amounts of the cream cheese frosting, so the purples and green came through bolder than if using the 2 cups of frosting Wilton uses to get the colors they show on their chart. Just something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a lighter shade.
  • As mentioned above, to apply the different colored cream cheese frosting, you can use either the plastic spatula palette knives or these Ateco frosting scrapers.
  • Keep some paper towels handy to keep the spatulas and scrapers clean while you work.

frosting and chilling

  • When frosting the hummingbird sheet cake, I made sure to get it as level as possible. It’s okay though if you have some imperfections. It will make for a more unique looking stenciled sheet cake.
  • After frosting the sheet cake, I recommend placing it in the refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes or until the frosting is no longer sticky to the touch. You want the frosting to be firm to the touch which I found it to be easier when it was time for stenciling.

stenciling

  • Gently lay the stencil on the top of the chilled and firm frosting. The stencil should be as flush as possible with the frosting, but you don’t need to push it down into the frosting. If you notice any gaps, just push down ever so gently until it’s level. You’ll need to keep at least one hand on the stencil as you work so it doesn’t move around.
  • I stenciled in a left to right, top to bottom pattern (just like with reading). I don’t suggest starting at the bottom and work upwards because then you’ll have to lean over the work you just did, possibly smudging the applied frosting.
  • You only need a thin layer of colored white chocolate cream cheese frosting to cover the space of the area you’re stenciling. Any extra, you can carefully scrape off. For the look I was going for, I knew that if some of the colored cream cheese frosting got mixed with the regular frosting that would be fine. Same for if the different shades overlapped.

after stenciling

  • If it took you some time to stencil the cake and the frosting is back to room temperature again, I would recommend placing it back in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to chill before lifting the stencil off the cake. If the frosting is still firm to the touch, you can carefully remove it at that time.
  • When pulling the stencil off, I started with the corners and kind of work your way inward. I also used a spatula to help lift the corners up and any areas that seemed a little stuck.
  • After you’ve removed the stencil and you have any areas that came out a little wonky looking (this happened to me in a few areas) or you have some extra frosting around the edges of the stenciling, you can smooth it out or you can push down on the frosting with a small spatula, scalpel, or x-acto knife.
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Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | All Images © Beyond the Butter, LLC.

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Hummingbird Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1820 servings 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

This Hummingbird Sheet Cake is so moist and delicious, and each bite is filled with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and pineapple! Top it with this silky White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and you’ll have yourself the perfect dessert! 

Sheet cake size: 9″ x 13″, Stencil from Martha Stewart Crafts®

Suggested Prep and Cook Times listed are only for the cake. Refer to the notes for the suggested frosting prep and decorating times.


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Ingredients

hummingbird sheet cake

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 3 Large Eggs, whisked before added
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1, 8 ounces Crushed Pineapple, well-drained
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 3 Bananas, well-ripened and smashed

white chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • 6 ounces White Chocolate (I used 1 1/2 bars of Ghirardelli’s White Chocolate)
  • 12 ounces or 1 1/2 packages Cream Cheese, room temperature 
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 3/44 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted

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Instructions

hummingbird sheet cake

  1. Adjust your oven rack to the 2nd level position and pre-heat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Generously spray a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake pan with a flour-based baking spray, lay a sheet of parchment paper across width-wise, then re-spray the top and sides of the parchment paper with the baking spray. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. With a spatula, stir in the beaten eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract, and mix until the cake batter is moistened.
  5. Stir in the crushed and drained pineapple, chopped pecans, and smashed bananas. The batter will be thick and mushy in texture.
  6. Spread the cake batter into the greased and parchment-lined 9” x 13” pan and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the cake pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove the cake by using the parchment paper to cool completely.

white chocolate cream cheese frosting

  1. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler that has 1”-1.5” of water in the bottom sauce pan over low heat. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a glass heat proof mixing bowl that sets evenly on top of a saucepan that’s been filled with 1”-1.5” of water. Continuously stir the chocolate until it has full melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer that’s fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add in the melted white chocolate and vanilla extract and mix until everything is well blended.
  4. Switch the mixer speed to a low setting and gradually add in the sifted confectioners sugar a little at a time until it’s mixed into the rest of the frosting. The frosting should be fluffy in texture and easily spreadable.

Notes

This recipe makes enough frosting for the top and sides (optional) of a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake, as well as enough to use for stenciling. If you’re not planning to stencil the cake or decorate with the additional frosting, you can reduce the recipe to 4 ounces White Chocolate, 8 ounces Cream Cheese, 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, and 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar.

Prep and cook times do not include the white chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe. The suggested prep and cook times for this part of the recipe is: Prep time – 20 minutes, Frosting time – 10 minutes, Chilling and Stenciling time – 1 hour (30 minutes initial chilling before applying stencil, 30 for stenciling).

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jo Thrasher
    April 15, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Firstly, this sound amazingly delicious. Second…what a brilliant and unique decorating idea – especially for the piping challenged such as myself.

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      April 15, 2019 at 5:06 PM

      Thank you so much, Jo! I’m incredibly happy with how well this cake tastes! And I too am challenged in the piping department…hence the stenciling idea 🙂 haha!

  • Reply
    Katie Severn
    June 4, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Just stumbled across this cake, so pretty Jennifer!!! I love how simple the stencil is but it looks so elegant. Now I really want to try some stenciling 🙂

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      June 5, 2019 at 8:47 AM

      Thank you, Katie! It was my first time using a stencil and I really liked it. I have no doubt you will create some really beautiful cakes with them!!

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