Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cake Named After a Bird?

Its the most requested recipe in Southern Living magazine history and frequents dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews. What is you ask? Hummingbird Cake! I have heard numerous people talk about how delicious this cake is so I thought I would give it a try and share the recipe with you!


3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 large eggs, beaten 1 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained 1 cup chopped pecans 2 cups chopped bananas Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below) 1/2 cup chopped pecans for decoration Directions Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas. Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

As soon as Lent is over this is one of the first things I'll be making. However, I'm thinking I'm going to make cupcakes instead of a cake, what do you think? Doesn't this sound like the perfect cake for Easter? YUM!


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