Hummingbird Cake Recipe

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
April 20, 2007 9:17am CST
A friend asked me to look this up and see if I could find a recipe for this. I had never heard of it before so I thought I would share it with you. 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
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• United States
20 Apr 07
This looks great, thanks for posting it I am going to make it this weekend for my girls, they love cake with their dinner and I am sure they will love the cream cheese frosting
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I am glad that you can use it. I hope it is good.
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• United States
22 Apr 07
Here is one of my favorite cake recipes: CLASSIC RED VELVET CAKE Ingredients: ½ cups shortening 1½ cups sugar 2 eggs 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring 3 teaspoons white vinegar 1 teaspoons butter flavoring 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups cake flour ¼ cup baking coca 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon sale 1 cup buttermilk Frosting: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (softened ½ cup butter, softened 3¾ confectioners’ sugar 3 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Combine shortening and butter until creamy, add eggs and beat well. Beat in food coloring, vinegar, butter flavoring and vanilla. Combine flour, coca, baking soda to creamed mixture and add buttermilk at the end. Pour batter into three greased and floured 9” round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 mins or until took pick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 mins before removing from pans to cool. Combine ingredients for frosting and spread between layers and top and sides of cake.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Thanks for the recipe. I love red velvette cake. I will definately have to write down this one too.
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
20 Apr 07
The cake sounds delicious! 'm a sucker for anything with cream cheese frosting, lol. I wonder why they call it "hummingbird cake"?
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I was wondering the same thing and no one can tell me why? Thanks for the post.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
20 Apr 07
This is from the Martha Stewart website... Some say this Southern layer cake earned its name because each otherworldly bite makes you hum with delight. Another theory is that it's as sweet as the sugared water used to attract its hovering namesake. It still sounds yummy! :)
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• United States
20 Apr 07
oh, like "bugjuice" haha! I like it.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
This sounds yummy. I may have to try it.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I know I can't wait until I have a reason to make it. My husband and I are the only ones in our house so it would be too much for just us so I will have to wait for a chruch potluck or something like that.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
20 Apr 07
This looks so yummy! I was on the martha stewart site looking at her recipe. Yours looks a lot less complicated. She has some kind of flowery looking things on the top of hers. I think I'll have t give your recipe a chance first. :) Thank you for sharing! :)
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I didn't get from the Martha Stewart website it was something like www.southernfoods.about.com I think. Thanks for the post.
@jerryn (818)
• United States
23 Apr 07
This is one of my favorite cakes. It's really good and will make you go hum......with every bite. I've never made it so I appreciate you for posting the recipe. My aunt in law used to make it and after suffering a stroke she's not been able to do it. The last time I had this cake was just before I went on disability from work due to my cancer diagnosis in 12'05. A co-worker made it for me. Thanks again for sharing the recipe.