Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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    This cake is the perfect treat for any special occasion. It's moist, packed full of flavour and everyone will love it. The cake is warmly spiced with cinnamon, dotted with pineapple, walnuts and bananas and topped with a cream cheese icing.

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    Serves: 1 three layer 23cm cake

    • For the Cake
    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 eggs
    • 350ml vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 225g tinned crushed pineapple, drained
    • 115g chopped walnuts
    • 300g diced bananas
    • For the Cream Cheese Icing
    • 225g cream cheese, softened
    • 115g butter
    • 475g icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:3hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr 

    1. Do NOT use an electric mixer. Combine flour, caster sugar, salt, bicarbonate of soda and ground cinnamon. Add eggs and oil stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, pineapple, walnuts and bananas.
    2. Pour into three 23cm greased and floured round cake tins. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Allow to cool.
    3. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese and butter. Cream until smooth. Add icing sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Use to fill and spread all over the cooled cake.

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    I went to post this same recipe tonight and saw it was here already!! It is great. The only thing I do differently is cut out more than 50% of the fat by using 1/2 cup oil and the other cup I use fat free sour cream.  -  19 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    One of my family's favorite cakes. Sooooo delicious, you have to try it if you never have! It is very rich and moist and flavorful and chockful of good things, and children love it, too. The cake ingredients are just stirred together, so it couldn't be simpler to make. The cream cheese frosting is also fool-proof and is the perfect complement to the fruit flavors in the cake ('though I make double the amount of frosting and use it all!). By the way, this makes a big, magnificent birthday cake.  -  24 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a delicious cake. The only thing that I would change for the next time I make it is add another can of pineapple. I didn't really taste it. But other than that it was perfect.  -  09 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)