Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hummingbird Cake

Saturday was a baking kind of day.  We decided to make hummingbird cake (as found here) since we had a sugar craving.  To preface... this is NOT organic, nor healthy (well it could be organic).  Apparently a southern classic we found the recipe online originally taken from quite appropriately Southern Living here.

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Yield: 16 servings (HA!)
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (we used 3/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup of chunky apple sauce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained (we used chunky pineapple)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chopped bananas (we used 3 bananas large chunk style)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pecans
  • we added coconut flakes in between frosting layers.

Preparation

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.  Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.  Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

Here is a sort of photo montage of the steps.  We basically combined all the dry ingredients, then added the wet stuff.  Then baked in three 9" greased/floured pans and skimmed off the rounded cake tops once cool.  Then once all three cakes were cool and level we used our (cough cough) store bought frosting to make a semi smooth outside layer.  Topped with pecans and coconut and it was done!


all photos courtesy of Tony.

4 comments :

  1. That looks super pretty! Why is it called Hummingbird Cake? I'm entertaining the idea of veganizing it... though I have nothing to compare it to, taste wise. Anything pineapple is a-okay in my book.

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  2. Who took those amazing photos for you??

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  3. YUM! This looks delic...I wish i could taste it through my computer screen!

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  4. @Niki: no clue why it's called hummingbird cake! It's kind of similar to banana nut bread - just with frosting! Good luck!

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