Hummingbird cake

Hummingbird cake


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About this recipe: Impress your friends with this Hummingbird Cake - a recipe that has been passed down through many generations, originating in the American South. If desired, crush additional nuts and press them into the sides of the frosting, and put sliced glace cherries on top.


Serves: 15 

  • 375g plain flour
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 350ml rapeseed oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (220g) tin pineapple, drained and pureed
  • 450g mashed bananas
  • 120g chopped black walnuts
  • Icing
  • 1 (200g) tub cream cheese, softened
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:30min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 23cm cake tins.
  2. Sieve together the flour, sugar, bicarb and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Add flour mixture, and mix together by hand.
  4. Pour cake mixture into prepared tins and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool on racks.
  5. Prepare the icing by blending together the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Evenly spread icing on middle, sides and top of cake.

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Reviews (5)


Humm mmm, mmmming bird cake! OMGoodness, this is lush, we enjoyed this so much, can't wait to cook (eat) it again, thanks for sharing. God Bless - 26 Apr 2011


loved it. made it for the family last year!!! they loved it, a lovely chirstmas treat - 13 Nov 2011


I just made this recipe this afternoon and it was oh so gorgeous !!! I improvised the recipe a bit by adding 1tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla to the batter...and it smelled lovely! - 08 Sep 2013

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