Best Hummingbird Cake

    2 hours 45 min

    A simple and delicious cake, which is pretty similar to carrot cake. It's moist, packed full of pineapple, banana and pecans. Fill and top the three layers with cream cheese icing.

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    Makes: 3 23cm layers

    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 300ml vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 225g tinned crushed pineapple with juice
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 75g chopped pecans
    • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
    • 150g mashed bananas

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour three 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, ground cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Add the oil and well-beaten eggs, stir by hand, until moistened. Stir in the vanilla, pineapple, pecans and bananas.
    3. Spoon batter into the prepared tins. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool in tins for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto racks to cool. Ice with cream cheese icing.

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    This is a great recipe... when I make it I substitute the oil for 1 1/2 cups of apple sauce... everything else stays the same. Its much less fattening and just as delicious!!  -  07 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We love this cake. I have made it before and it turned out great this time too. I ran out of granulated sugar so subbed some turbinado sugar. I also baked this in a 10" x 15" cake pan for about 30 minutes. I used buttercream frosting because I didn't have any cream cheese. I think this cake would be fine without any frosting if you want to save time and calories. This easily mixes up by hand. No need to break out the Kitchenaid.  -  19 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Good recipe, but I found that the batter was thin to accommodate three 9-inch layers. Next time will pour only two, reduce temp to 325 and cook appx 10 minutes longer. I added 1/2 cup coconut, which I will increase to 3/4 cup next time. I also used more pineapple and banana than called for, which was very good.  -  11 Mar 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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