Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird cake is a banana-pineapple spice cake common in the Southern United States. Ingredients include flour, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, ripe banana, pineapple, cinnamon, pecans, vanilla extract, eggs, and leavening agent. It is often served with cream cheese frosting. There are many variations that also include coconut, no nuts, dried fruit and even shredded carrots.

Hummingbird Cake

Ingredients

Cake Layers

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, beaten 
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained (such as Publix Crushed Pineapple in Pineapple Juice)
  • 2 cups chopped ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Vegetable shortening

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8-oz.) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkgs powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Additional Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted

Directions

Step 1

Prepare the Cake Layers: Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and toasted pecans.

Step 2

Divide batter evenly among 3 well-greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans

Step 3

Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.

Step 4

Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5

Assemble Cake: Place 1 Cake Layer on a serving platter; spread top with 1 cup of the frosting. Top with second layer, and spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with third layer, and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange pecan halves on top of cake.

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This recipe was originally posted on Southern Living.