Friday, April 8, 2011

S+S chow: hummingbird cake


I know what you're thinking; hummingbird cake!? What in the world is that?? I swear no hummingbirds were harmed in the making of this cake. Word on the street is that this cake is so amazing it will make you hum, hence the name. Seriously though, this cake is good. Real good. It's the perfect spring time treat. The only problem is that you won't want to stop eating...

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 pecans (1 cup for the cake, 1 cup for the top)
• 2 cups chopped bananas
• 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
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.

Icing:
Combine 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese with ½ 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.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. My grandma has made this cake for as long as I can remember. It is an all time favorite of mine, and now I am the one who makes it!

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  2. I'm having people over for dinner this weekend so I am giving this a try!! It looks amazing. Thanks for posting the recipe:)

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  3. Hummingbird cake.... drool... my faaavourite. Now I finally have the recipe to make it myself! Thank you!!!

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