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.




Yield: 16 servings (HA!)
  • 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.


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.


  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.

  2. Who took those amazing photos for you??

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

  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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