Hummingbird Cake

What better way to welcome spring than with a Hummingbird Cake! As you can see, my son was the first little bird to taste the sweet nectar.



INGREDIENTS
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For the cake:
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 - 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, do not drain
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium sized bananas)
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For Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound box (about 3 2/3 cups) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
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Garnish:
pecan halves
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DIRECTIONS
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For cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray two - 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop finely. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
In another large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, vanilla extract, pineapple, mashed bananas, and finely chopped pecans. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. After about 10 minutes invert the cakes onto the wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, and then cool completely before frosting.
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For frosting:
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and cream cheese, on low speed, until very smooth with no lumps. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract and then stir in the finely chopped pecans.
To assemble: place one cake, top side down, onto your serving platter. Spread with about a third of the frosting. Gently place the other cake layer, top of cake facing up, onto the frosting, and spread the rest of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Can garnish with pecan halves. Refrigerate the cake for about one hour so the frosting has time to set.
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slice of cake photo source: Martha Stewart

4 comments:

Tamis said...

We were concerned this cake was made of hummingbirds...man those little guys would be hard to catch!

Terri said...

Too funny!

This moist cake is deliciously sweet, just like the nectar that Hummingbirds love to feed on.

Enjoy... and leave those adorable little birds alone. :D

jen said...

i made this last april for my best friend's birthday, it was so good!! Have you seen Martha Stewart's pineapple flowers that she puts on top of hers? I attempted it, and failed.

Looks great!

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