Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hummingbird Cake

Note: This has to be the most Southern cake ever!

Hummingbird Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts, divided use)
2 cups chopped bananas
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Icing (recipe follows)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with butter; dust the bottom and sides with flour. Set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and stir until well blended. Add the eggs and oil, and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened, taking care not to beat them. Stir in the pineapple and juice, 1 cup of the nuts, the bananas and vanilla.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto racks to cool completely.
Spread the icing between the layers, stacking them on a cake plate. Ice the top and sides of cake, and sprinkle remaining nuts over the top. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Icing Directions:

Combine 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese with 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, both at room temperature. Add 2 (16-ounce) boxes of powdered sugar, sifted; beat until light and fluffy. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.


Dr. Wifey said...

my aunt bea used to make this all the time...ah, memories :o)

Anonymous said...

beautiful cake!!!

Sara said...

Love it. This is my favorite cake to make and it's so moist and delicious!

Live.Love.Eat said...

So beautiful!!!!!! I can picture a slice each on 2 plates, sipping coffee with a best friend on the porch.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh, my mom makes this cake. It is one of the BEST CAKES EVER. I hope your readers will take note of this recipe!

Michelle said...

This is one of my most favorite cakes. A lady I met last year brought me one and I was in heaven! Thanks for posting your recipe. I will certainly try it.