April 14, 2014

Delicious Hummingbird Cake

The hummingbird cake is the cousin of the carrot cake and is perfect for Easter (or any time, really). After researching the name, it seems no one really knows how it got its name. It's possible it came from the "mmm" you say once you have the first, unexpected bite.

The recipe I used is adapted from one originally printed many years ago in Southern Living magazine. It seems the recipe is the most-requested one ever since it first ran back in the late 70s. My cousin first introduced me to it and I'll be making it many more times, I'm sure! M2 loves it since it has bananas.

Delicious Hummingbird Cake

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (Two Layer Cake)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 1/4 pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup oil
  • 10 oz crushed pineapple, if from can undrained
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a stand mixer and mix on stir setting until blended well.
Add eggs, vanilla, oil, pineapple and bananas and mix until all ingredients are moist
Spray two 8 inch round cake pans well so that the cake will come out easy after baking. Divide batter between the pans, they will be very full.
Bake 35-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the centers come out clean.
Let cake rest in the pans 30 minutes then take them out and place on cooling rack to cool completely.
Make your favorite cream cheese frosting.
Once cooled, put one half upside down and frost. Then place other half on top, ride side up, and frost.
Decorate as desired. Mine was for a spring party, so I dyed the frosting robin's egg blue, added chocolate sprinkles to symbolize a nest and dusted with clear sprinkles for sparkle.

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I mashed the bananas in the peel to make it easier.
They rise nice and high.

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  1. I have never heard of this cake but it sounds delish! I especially LOVE pineapples and I am sure the banana makes it so smooth and creamy!! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Must try. I don't think I've ever had a cake with banana added in it. Can't wait to see how this tastes. It looks yummy!

  3. This sounds so good! I love a good spring time cake!

  4. Never heard of Hummingbird Cake your recipe look easy ...have to try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. never heard of this cake, but I have to try it!

  6. That is so yummy looking. Recipe looks easy.

  7. I have never heard of a humming bird cake. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  8. I had never heard of this before. The pineapple makes it a bit different for sure.

  9. I think you have inspired me to go make a cake with banana in it- super craving it now. I will have to try the pineapple, I bet it makes it super moist!


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