June 23, 2005

Carnival of the Recipes: Hummingbird Cake

First my humble apologies to the our hostess Dana of Note It Posts that she is receiving this recipe under the wire! GRR. I had every intention of getting it to her earlier, but I’m a slug.

With that, the cake I made for Father’s Day. I am evidently losing NO weight this week in our competition, as I’m all about eating vegetable soup all week so I can have cake. It’s all about the desserts…

Hummingbird Cake


3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups mashed bananas (this is about 6-8 bananas… very ripe is best)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs and oil until dry ingredients are moistened. DO NOT BEAT. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, pecans and bananas.

Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 350 deg oven. Cool and frost.

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 stick butter, softened
1 16 ounce box of confectioner’s sugar (equates to 3 ¾ cups)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix first four ingredients. Stir in pecans. Frost cake.

Posted by Boudicca at June 23, 2005 09:29 PM

Oh my goodness this sounds fabulous! I am sure I gained weight just *reading* the recipe. Butter AND cream cheese in the icing? Yum! I can't wait to try it -- even if I showed up a little early for the "carnival" ( hope that's not poor protocol), Anyway, thanks! :)

Posted by: Richmond at June 23, 2005 09:36 PM

Have I ever had this?

Posted by: Toluca Nole at June 23, 2005 10:00 PM

TN- Ask Dad. It's in the Some Like it South Cookbook and I've seen it elsewhere. It's like Dad's carrot cake, but not as good... but still excellent. It has to be with all that damn fat in it.

Richmond, my dear, it is never too early! ;-)

Posted by: Bou at June 23, 2005 10:05 PM

You had this cake after Bou's rehearsal dinner at the house.

Posted by: wc at June 23, 2005 10:17 PM

I don't remember that.

She's married?!?!

Posted by: Toluca Nole at June 23, 2005 10:20 PM

Sarah couldn't host today, so I'm filling in. Thanks for sharing, and don't worry - I'm getting around to this later than I should, anyway. ;)

Posted by: Dana at June 23, 2005 10:26 PM

I was just going to say, "Mom, he wouldn't remember dessert from 14 years ago" when he came up with his snide little comment. Sheesh. FYI, TN, I got kids too...

Dana- Fixed it!

Posted by: Bou at June 23, 2005 10:35 PM

so how many hummingbirds do we put in the cake?

sorry just had to say it....I will go back to my cave now.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 23, 2005 11:27 PM

Hahaha AWTM. That's what I was thinking!

Just an FYI Bou. If I ever get to enjoy one of your desserts, don't tell me if there is cream cheese in it. If I don't know, I usually end up liking it (unless it's a very heavy taste) and if I do know, I'll miss out.

Actually, forget everything I just said. Morrigan will make me try it!

Posted by: Sissy at June 24, 2005 09:24 AM

Reminds me of the old joke,

"Why does a Hummingbird hum?"

"Because he doesn't know the words!"

That joke cracked me up when I was a kid and for the memories alone of remembering it was funny, it still cracks me up.

Try it on your kids, see if they laugh and let me know, ok?

Posted by: BeeBee at July 9, 2005 07:01 AM