Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hummingbird Cake

Long ago a lady I worked with would make this cake...I loved it, but had not thought about it in years. I get daily e-mails from Recipe Lion and this awesome cake recipe was there!! I was pretty excited to see it. I still don't know why it is called Hummingbird Cake?
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Southern Comfort Hummingbird Cake
There's nothing more delicious than homemade southern cake recipes. This tasty layered cake is made with crushed pineapple, bananas and pecans and, here's the best part, topped with a cream cheese frosting.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (8-ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups bananas, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounces) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • splash of half and half
For the Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, salt , baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add eggs and oil. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened. DO NOT beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans and bananas.
  3. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake at 350-degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until tooth-pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake, then sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator. Makes one 3-layer cake.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Mix all of the ingredients, except powdered sugar and vanilla, with electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add enough half & half or milk to mix to spreading consistency.