29.7.10

Hummingbird Cake



It is my Aunt Agnes' 80th birthday this weekend.  She is a very special aunt and spent a lot of time with me as a young girl.  My own mother was not well so she was always there to step in and help us.  


Her children are planning a tea.  This is a very small town Saskatchewan thing to do.  I love it!  I will be able to visit with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles at the same time without driving all over.  


As a birthday present I am baking a cake.  Can you think of a better birthday gift?  And, can you ever have too many birthday cakes?


My inspiration for this cake comes from my house sit experience in Tennessee last year.  It is a very Southern cake.  They love their layer cakes in the South.  I heard about this cake but had never tasted it and I really wanted to try it.







 

Hummingbird Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chopped firm ripe banana
 Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together into mixing bowl several times. Add eggs and salad oil to the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple and 1 cup pecans. Stir in the bananas. Spoon the batter into 3 well-greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes,or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
Combine cream cheese and butter; cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
Frost the tops of all 3 layers, stack and then frost sides. Sprinkle top evenly with the 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans.

11 comments:

  1. I remember this from when I was a little girl. Your cake looks lovely and I know it was appreciated. What a nice tradition...a tea for a birthday with friends and relatives. I like the idea.

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  2. I do hope your aunt had a wonderful day. Her cake was certainly lovely. I don't often comment, but I must say all your recipes are first rate. I always enjoy my visits here. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful cake; I love both bananas and pineapple! I'll keep this one on file to try soon.

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  4. Pineapple AND banana in the cake? That sounds wonderful. And with cinnamon. Yum. It looks like a lovely cake and I bet your Aunt Agnes and her friends loved it!

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  5. Happy birthday Aunt Agnes! The cake looks and sounds delicious Sarah! I'm a big fan of fruit and cinnamon in cakes. Yum!

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  6. Happy B-day to your aunt!!! Lovely pics and delicious cake! compliments!

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  7. I'm like you, Sarah. I have heard of this cake but never knew what it was... thanks so much for enlightening me... looks like an awesome cake..pineapple, pecans and bananas??? WOW~!

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  8. How sweet of you to bake her a cake! I have a favorite Aunt Sissy. I love aunts!

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  9. I hope the birthday girl has a fantastic time:D One thing for sure there will be so much delicious food when everyone pitches in.

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  10. Thanks, everyone for your comments! I loved the Hummingbird Cake. I thought it would somewhat like a carrot cake but it was way lighter. I was actually a light and fluffy cake. And with all that icing, a small piece goes a long way.

    A good time was had by all! I have a couple more posts about that little trip coming up.

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  11. What lovely cakes!! This recipe reminds me of carrot cake without the carrots.

    Happy birthday to your aunt!!

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