Hummingbird Cake

So yesterday I noticed we had a few over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl, and I decided I wanted to make something new, rather than my fail safe Banana Muffins. And so I did a search and found a recipe for Hummingbird Cake. Perfect, I thought, I only needed to buy the crushed pineapple and some cream cheese. It’s a pretty simple recipe, great to whip up for afternoon tea or to use up any extra bananas.

250g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
200g brown sugar
50g desiccated coconut

440g can crushed pineapple, drained plus 1/2 cup juice
2 or 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125ml (1/2 cup) canola or vegetable oil

CREAM CHEESE ICING
100g cream cheese
70g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, to garnish (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base of a 23cm square cake pan.
  2. Sift flour and spices into a large bowl. Add sugar, and coconut and stir until well combined.
  3. Add pineapple and juice, banana, eggs and oil. Stir until just combined.
  4. Spread into lined pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on a rack and set aside to cool.
  5. 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 walnuts, if desired (I’m not a fan of nuts in cake so I left these out).

Serves 8

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9 Responses to Hummingbird Cake

  1. Anna says:

    I believe every household has an ounce or two of ripe bananas somewhere in the kitchen…This is the perfect recipe! I am happy to know that this includes pineapple too, which is a very good gift to our digestive tract. Thanks for the post. I’ll have a hummingbird treat in a few hours…Why the name, by the way?

    • Sarah says:

      Oh I didn’t know that about pineapple! Thanks for the tip! It’s not known why it’s called a “hummingbird cake” – apparently the first time it was published, the author gave no explanation to the name..

  2. Looks delicious! oooh so moist. Its good bananas are going cheaper everyday 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, it is a very moist cake I think thanks to the bananas and the oil – the original recipe I used called for a cup but I thought that would be too much!

  3. Purabi Naha says:

    This hummingbird cake looks delishh! What an interesting photography! Loved everything about your blog. http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

  4. Is this the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery?

  5. The Teenage Taste says:

    Love the idea behind this cake – I love the flavor combination of bananas and pineapple!

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