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Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake. A decadent dark chocolate cheesecake is baked directly on top of a banana pecan cake base; all in the same pan at the same time!

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Originally published December 2008. 

A little while back we featured a Carrot Cake Cheesecake that showed a cheesecake top baked at the same time on a cake base. This  recipe is one that I came up with as another example of this method.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake photo of uncut cake on with title text added for Pinterest


I thought that a banana pecan cake like a hummingbird cake would make an excellent base for a a chocolate cheesecake and indeed it did turn out very well.

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Two layers of 2 favourite desserts!

My neighbourhood taste testers gave this one very high marks. I think it would make a very nice dessert at any holiday meal.

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

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Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

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Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake
Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake - a decadent dark chocolate cheesecake is baked directly on top of a banana pecan cake base; all in the same pan at the same time!


For the Hummingbird Cake Base

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup roughly chopped toasted pecans, Toast pecans for 5 minutes at 350 degrees for 5 minutes tossing twice before chopping
  • 2 small bananas, ripe but firm NOT MUSHY (cut in quarters length-ways and cubed)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Cheesecake Top

  • 1 pound cream cheese, 2 8oz blocks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • Whole toasted pecans for garnish, optional


To prepare the Hummingbird Cake Base

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9 or 10 inch spring form pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Grease the paper as well and dust the pan lightly with flour.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder,cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Mix the sugars, eggs and oil until light and fluffy.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until not quite completely mixed.
  5. Finally fold in the chopped nuts and chopped bananas. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

To prepare the Chocolate Cheesecake top

  1. Blend together cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa. Add the eggs one at a time blending until smooth after each addition. Finally blend in the whipping cream and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  2. Spoon the cheesecake mixture evenly over the Hummingbird Cake batter in the springform pan and bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before removing it to a serving plate. Garnish with chocolate ganache and toasted pecans if desired.

To prepare the chocolate ganache glaze

  1. Simply melt the chocolate chips and whipping cream together in a double boiler until smooth. It helps speed things up if you heat the whipping cream in the microwave for 15 seconds or so first.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 457Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 12gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 94mgSodium 199mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 3gSugar 32gProtein 6g

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Monday 21st of September 2020

The first step says to preheat the oven to 325. The last step says to bake at 300. Is this a typo or is it important to give the cake that initial heat and then reduce it? Looks amazing!


Monday 16th of December 2019

Also, you have two temperatures listed for the recipe... 300 and 325. Which do you bake it at.?


Monday 16th of December 2019

Do you greese the bottom and sides of the springform pan with butter or just the bottom?


Friday 16th of September 2016

I want to make this as a loaf. Any changes in the baking? Just the cake, not the cheesecake part.

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 19th of September 2016

Just rely on the toothpick test. There is a separate recipe on our website for Hummingbird Cake.

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 2nd of December 2011

Use a piping bag or just put the melted chocolate in a ziploc bag and snip the corner off with scissors and use that to drizzle the chocolate more evenly.

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