Thursday, June 21, 2012

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE TAKES FLIGHT


For quite a while I have been looking through a folder I made up with recipes for "Hummingbird Cakes". I decided to try one last night.  This recipe came from the March/April 2012 issue of Southern Lady and the cake featured on their cover. I had 3 recipes and noticed the common denominator between these was: bananas, pineapple, pecans, spices and cream cheese in the topping. This is a great recipe for those very ripe bananas on the counter.




This is a heavy three layer cake which needs to be refrigerated.  You will need 3  9" cake pans which you have greased and floured and  you need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.





Here are the ingredients FOR THE CAKE BODY:  1 1/2 cups of butter softened (3 sticks), 2 cups of sugar, 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 6 large eggs, 2 1/4 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 cups of mashed bananas, 2 cups of chopped pecans, 8 1/2 oz of crushed pineapple, drained .







1.  You  preheat the oven to350 degrees and grease and flour the 3 9" cake pans.

2. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add eggs and beat.

3.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add this mixture to the large bowl with flour - alternately with buttermilk.  Stir in mashed banana, pecans and pineapple - mix well.

Spoon evenly into 3 cake pans and bake for 30 minutes - test cakes with toothpick.  Let cool in pans for 10 minutes and remove yo wire rack to finish cool.  Now spread with cream cheese frosting below:


 Cream cheese frosting: 2  8 oz cream cheese at room temperature, 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, 1 cup of chopped pecans, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract,1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmet, 7 cups of confectioners sugar (I found 4 cups was plenty- you pick)



13 comments:

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Oh my this looks delightful! I'd love a bite of it!!

Lady Linda said...

Oh Bernideen...the hummingbird cake is divine! So creative and yummy. Was looking back over all your posts as I've been busy. They are all so lovely.
I know they take a great deal of time and I appreciate them.
Hugs,
Linda

WinnibriggsHouse said...

That looks stunning and very naughty!!

Rizzi said...

OH MY.....SOOOOO DELICIOUS LOOKING...
ONCE IN A WHILE I WILL WRITE A STORY FOR CHILDREN.....I REMEMBERED THE STORY OF THE BLUE-BIRD FAMILY......MRS BLUEBIRD MADE HER HUMMINGBIRD CAKE AND HAD A PIECE WITH HER CUP OF TEA.....MUST GET BACK TO WRITING AGAIN..........RIZZI

Rizzi said...

OH MY.....SOOOOO DELICIOUS LOOKING...
ONCE IN A WHILE I WILL WRITE A STORY FOR CHILDREN.....I REMEMBERED THE STORY OF THE BLUE-BIRD FAMILY......MRS BLUEBIRD MADE HER HUMMINGBIRD CAKE AND HAD A PIECE WITH HER CUP OF TEA.....MUST GET BACK TO WRITING AGAIN..........RIZZI

janice15 said...

Bernideen It looks wonderful, I have seen this recipe as well and always said that I was going to make and haven't yet..but I will surely try yours in looks wonderful...thank you for sharing...have a wonderful day today...with love Janice

La Tea Dah said...

I love dense cakes, and yours looks totally yummy! And the hummingbird decoration --- perfect! I wish I could bring a pot of tea and join you for cake today. Be blessed in all you do today!

LaTeaDah

Angela McRae said...

I love the hummingbird decorations too!

maría cecilia said...

Hola Bernideen, it´s so nice you have visited my blog and became a follower... I´ve been following your wonderful blog from 2years I think!!
your world is sooooo lovely.
hugs

parTea lady said...

Your cake looks delicious and I like the way you decorated it.

Darjeeling Darlings said...

That looks really good! I am going to make it next week for a tea review I am writing. Can't wait!

Annesphamily said...

Now I know what to do with those bananas! I have this recipe too, same magazine but thanks for sharing it here!

wouldn't it be great to share at a tea party?

Marilyn said...

What fun and a pretty cake. I love the bird touches.