baked goods, My Recipes, RECIPES

Hummingbird cake

July 15, 2010

I made this hummingbird cake last night and iced it with super sticky cream cheese icing this morning. We had a little taste of it at Wolves today and all I can say is – yum. It’s like eating a fancy banana nut cake with cream cheese icing. Here is the recipe:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup veg oil

1 and half teaspoons vanilla extract

1 can (225g) crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup chopped pecan nuts

2 cups chopped bananas

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 2 greased and floured cake tins. Bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick insterted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes then remove and cool completely.

Spread cream cheese frosting (to follow) between layers and all over cake and then sprinkle the top with chopped pecan nuts. Keep it in the fridge for a little while before serving. Guys this cake is delicious. Again if you try it, please let me know how it comes out x x

Cream cheese icing

225 grams cream cheese

450 grams icing sugar

113 grams soft butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat the butter and cream cheese together. Then gradually add the icing sugar, beat on high. Then finally stir in the vanilla. The end.

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  • Lea July 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    It looks so scrumptious, i wish i had a piece in my face hole right now!

  • Alet July 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    If I was home the weekend, this would be what I would be doing. I guess this will be on my agenda next weekend!!

    It looks yummy!

  • liki July 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    oh oh oh. my. swak. hart! do you have it there at wolves right now? i need need need it to nurse this hangover that’s beset my poor weak little body.

  • Rochelle July 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    yummilicious, I am like super craving this now…

  • Palesa July 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Oh yummy! Do u have it Wolves?

  • admin July 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    it is at wolves right now 🙂
    in fact i drove there at lunchtime with my 2 friends and we all had slices. yum!


  • fathima July 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    YUM that looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! Been wanting to try cream cheese icing for ages, glad i have a recipe now 🙂 Thanks!

  • Catherine July 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    oh oh oh, it was wonderful! Thanks liki for bringing it over last night. pure love!

  • admin July 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

    that is so cool that someone bought you a piece, was it from wolves?

    i baked another one last night for today. i think i’m addicted. i keep wanting to eat the raw batter, it tastes like cinnamon pancakes hee

    glad you enjoy it, if it was from wolves x x x xxxx

  • liki July 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

    jip jip jip, i bought the last 3 pieces (from wolves, of course!) last night and took it over for catherine and her hungry-bear husband (and i had the biggest slice. snigger!)

    it was like the best thing pretty much ever.

  • Louise July 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    yum yum yum I am going to do this most definitely x

  • FindingMyUnicorn July 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    What I love most about this, is how you put that toy horse on top of the cake, that horse is just too awesome!

    your blog really rocks. x

  • liki July 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    sohoho, we baked it for a friend’s birthday present, and apparently it was real good (we didn’t have any, it being a present and all we opted to give it to her in one piece) but i did almost die from all the icing (was totally worth it though). and catherine made it again last night for her skoonma, but really. she needs to tell that story. (moral of the story: don’t drink and bake.)

  • Catherine July 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I baked it without sugar! Very funny! But I drove to the closest Engen garage with a Woolies shop, because Seven Eleven is only open till eleven, got more bananas & eggs and started all over just before 12. Can’t visit skoonma without cake.

    The recipe is really easy, and delicious, birthday friend saved me a piece to enjoy at work today. Lucky me.

  • admin July 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    hahaha! very funny guys!
    glad you gave then cake whole, but i do think it would of been funny if there was a chunk missing and an apology note in it’s place hehe.

    i’m super happy it turned out nice and all i can say is high-5 to Woolie garage shops. yes!

  • liki July 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    woulda been funny, but also a bit mean. and we wouldn’t have been able to leave it at one piece. i am so super jealous of you having some cat, that i’m probably gonna have to go to wolves to get some too. rightaboutnow.

  • fathima August 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    hey there! I tried it… I think i messed up a little 😛 Haha. The texture and colour doesn’t look like yours, and the icing kinda separated a bit so that it looks kinda siff and unappetising 😛 Don’t know where I went wrong.
    It’s still yummy though!

  • admin August 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Oh no, ok with the icing you must make sure that the butter isn’t too soft. It must be room temp, so keep it out of the fridge and don’t try soften it in the microwave, also I use simonsburg cream cheese, it’s the best to make cream cheese icing with 🙂

    Good luck if you try it again

  • Susan June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I always feel weird commenting on old posts, but here goes…

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it this weekend (it came out perfect!) and as a result got 2 marriage proposals from total strangers… funny what a yummy cake can do to people!