Monday, August 3, 2009

Humming Bird Cake

For: My Girl Paula's Group

(on a quick tangent here, my brother was asking me what the cake was made out of, and Captain Jax said "Hummingbirds. Duh. That's why we have the feeder on the porch, we have super glue in the holes and catch them and throw them in the blender. Voila! Hummingbirds for hummingbird pie!"

Yes, I know, it's disturbing, but boys can often been disturbing. On to the food, and don't let that story deter you!!)

I recently joined up with the group of "My Girl Paula" (Paula being Paula Deen) and this is my first recipe for the group. And yes, I did my normal "take a picture of every step" but alas, I purchased a new camera the day our computer killed over, and I haven't quite got the hang of how it works yet. Those pictures were very washed out, and just bad to look at. I couldn't put you through that when this cake is so good!

There's some interesting ingredients in this cake: bananas, pineapple, and the original recipe called for pecans. We left those out because we don't care much for nuts around these parts!

It cooked up nicely, and the frosting is something i could just eat with a spoon. You also keep it refrigerated until you serve it, so it's a nice summer dessert.

We took it to our sunday dinner with my brother and his wife, and it was enjoyed. It's a heavier cake than your standard cake, I think because of the bananas and pineapple in it.

Go give it a try!


For the Cake:

  • Nonstick vegetable spray
  • All-purpose flour, for pans
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
  • 1 (8-ounce) crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
For the Frosting:
  • 1 pound (1 box) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8-ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or more if needed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray and flour three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans, tapping out excess flour; set aside. Prepare the cake; in a large bowl, stir to combine self-rising flour, sugar, oil, pecans, bananas, pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon, and eggs. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertips, 26 to 28 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire rack. Re-invert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up. Prepare the frosting; in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk on medium speed until frosting is smooth. If needed, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to achieve the proper spreading consistency. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Place four strips of parchment paper around perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the first layer on the cake plate. Spread the top of the first layer with 1/4 of the frosting. Place the second layer on top and repeat process with another 1/4 of the frosting. Place the remaining layer on top of the second layer bottom side up. Spread entire cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with pecans. Remove parchment paper strips; refrigerate until ready to serve.

What I did: I used 2 9" rounds, since that's what I had. I left out the pecans. I didn't level the cake to make it perfect, and I didn't use parchment paper while I was frosting it, because I wasn't too concerned about the frosting that got on my plate. And I ate a huge slice. :)


  1. I thought the cake was really good. Very moist with all those bananas and pineapple. The kiddos dont eat nuts so i just used some for garnish. Good job and glad to see you in the group.

  2. Love to see how this turned out without the nuts. The cake is beautiful! Pretty cool how everyone made the cake a little differently. I chose to make cupcakes to share with everyone. We really loved this cake - kudos to you for eating a big piece : )

  3. Sounds wonderful, I am going to have to give this a try - my hubby does not like the light fluffy stuff, he would go for something dense and heavy. And your brother and hubby are a hoot! :)

  4. I am loving all the pictures I see of this cake. I have to seriously try this. Great job!

  5. Looks yummy!!! Sounds like the stories my brothers would tell. HA HA.


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