Hummingbird Cake

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Desserts

A Victorian cake recipe that is truly exceptional. The perfect cake to take to gatherings…it’s easy, freezes well, serves many, and it doesn’t actually contain any hummingbirds!

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Hummingbird Cake baked in tube pan. Photo Easysoutherncooking.com

Hummingbird Cake baked in tube pan. Photo Easysoutherncooking.com

Ingredients:

3 cups All-purpose flour
2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 8oz Can crushed pinapple with juice
1 cup Cooking oil
3 large Eggs well beaten
2 cups Bananas (3 bananas) chopped
1 cup Walnuts or pecans finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Glaze:
1 tblspoon Butter or margarine melted
1 cup Sifted powdered sugar
Reserved pineapple juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a 10″ tube or a fluted tube pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Remove 2 Tablespoons of juice from the can of pinapple. Set this juice aside for the glaze.
  4. To the flour mixture, add the can of pinapple, the oil, eggs, banana, nuts, and vanilla. Stir until just blended. Do not beat.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the 325 degree oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and remove the pan from the cake. Cool completely.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl combine the melted butter or margarine with the powdered sugar. Add enough of the reserved pineapple juice to make a glaze thin enough to drizzle over cake. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. For a glaze with a whole new dimension, try substituting rum for the pineapple juice.