Monday, October 25, 2010

First time - Hummingbird Cake

I've always heard of how moist Hummingbird cakes can be, and simple to make as well (and no butter, oil is used instead) so i had to try & make one myself, one Friday evening James my new baking companion & I started really late around 10pm or so and took about two hours including the cooling down time, and it was fun and the cake was certainly moist & superb tasting i will come back to this cake in the future again im sure :O)


250g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
270g brown sugar
440g can crushed pineapple, drained
50g desiccated coconut
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250ml (1 cup) sunflower oil

Cream cheese icing

100g cream cheese
50g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, to garnish (optional)


Preheat oven to 170°C.

Grease and line the base of a 23cm square cake pan. Sift flour and spices into a large bowl. Add sugar, pineapple, coconut, banana, walnuts, eggs and oil. Stir to combine.

Spread into lined pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on a rack and set aside to cool.

To make icing, place cheese, butter, vanilla and icing sugar in an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake. Garnish with saultana's.

Thanks to James for helping make the cake & take photo's as well :D


OohLookBel said...

Everyone loves hummingbird cake, especially if it's got lots of icing! Yours looks suitably delicious :D

thedelishdish said...

i love making this cake as well...who can resist cream cheese icing!!!!

Kristy Sayer said...

Ooh yum, another super delicious cake by Betty! I am totally jealous of your baking companion :P My baking companion is more like a pain-in-the-butt-companion as it's my sister and she preeeetty much thinks she knows everything :P

James said...

no no, thank you for suggesting that we bake that particular cake, I had fun =)

Yes, it was indeed moist and very very delicious!!

chocolatesuze said...

yum i agree with belle def gotta have lots of icing on a hummingbird cake!

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Hummingbird Cake is sooo good! =)

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Oh yum - hummingbird is definitely one of my faves - so tropical!

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

This looks so pretty! Yum!

A cupcake or two said...

My Aunt always makes Hummingbird Cakes. They are so delicious. The pineapple keeps the cake so moist and delicious. Your cake looks great Betty. I'm sure all that time making it, was well worth it.

Dolly said...

omg i wouldnt mine a slice of cake!!!!!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I have never made hummingbird cake. But after seeing Angie & yours, I think I am joining the crowd soon.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Very pretty cake Betty! Hummingbird is one of my favourites :)

Susan: My Food Obsession said...

Great Photos & Your hummingbird cake looks delicious :)

Adrian in Food Rehab said...

Late night baking and what a perfect choice- Hummingbird! I love the icing on this beauty.