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Hummingbird Cake & Something to sing about

Hummingbird Cake.

Hummingbird cake in light
So I recently announced the news to my family that my second Cookbook ‘Gimme the Recipe 2’ is in the works for 2016.  I’d kept it quiet for ages and was bursting to tell but creating and publishing a cookbook is like the looooongest pregnancy ever and now that I’ve announced I’ll be asked every second day how’s the cookbook coming along!! The text is written and we’ll be moving along to the exciting stage of styling and photographing for the cookbook over the next couple of months and I’ll keep you posted on what’s going on behind the scenes. It is very exciting!
Hummingbird cake
To announce the news I  decided to accompany it with cake – I do like a bit of drama and flourish and wanted a bit of a showstopper. I don’t bake regularly, very infrequently actually so when a cake is produced it’s usually for a special occasion.
Hummingbird frosting
I’d seen pictures of Hummingbird Cake over the years but had no idea what the fuss was about.  Yes they looked pretty but I had never checked out the recipes or come to realise that these cakes are fruity and moist and akin to an indulgent carrot cake.  Another relatively recent discovery was that you could freeze bananas and as a bunch of them blackened in the kitchen I put them aside to chill and rest in the freezer until time permitted a bit of baking. If you like carrot cake you’ll love Hummingbird Cake.

Hummingbird Cake:
You will need four x 8.5 inch / 22cm baking tins greased with a little butter and the base lined with baking paper.

You will need:
400g caster sugar
450g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
4 large or 6 medium bananas mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
250ml vegetable/sunflower oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
150g pineapple (drained from can, reserve juice for frosting)
150g pecans
Pre-heat the oven to 150C/Gas Mark 3.
Combine the sugar, eggs, oil and mashed bananas and cinnamon using an electric mixer.
Gradually add in flour and baking powder and mix on low to a smooth batter and add the vanilla extract.
Fold in the chopped pineapple and pecans by hand using a spatula.
Divide the mixture evenly between the 4 tins and bake for 25 minutes at 150C/Gas Mark 3 then raise the heat to 180C/Gas Mark 6 to cook for a further 10 minutes until golden brown.
Allow the cakes to cool in the tins until cool enough to handle then tip out the cakes, peel off the baking paper and allow to cool completely on a wire tray.

Hummingbird Frosting:
You will need:
600g Icing sugar
100g unsalted butter
250g Cream cheese – I use Philadelphia
Couple of tablespoons of pineapple juice
Extra pecans for decorating.
Sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat in the butter and pineapple juice.
Add in cream cheese, if needs more moisture beat in more juice or a little warm water.
Once the cakes are completely cool stack them generously buttered with frosting to stick the layers together and then use a palette knife to coat all sides and smooth it with a little warm water if necessary.
Decorate with some whole and crumbled pecans.
‘Til next time, Sheila


Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021. 'Gimme Dinner' a collection of 50 great dinner recipes published in 2022. 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.

12 thoughts on “Hummingbird Cake & Something to sing about

  1. Congratulations on your new book, from what I have seen of your recipes, it will be a smash.. And this recipe is so easy and looks scrumptious. PS-I hope you put these tantalizing pictures in the book, one picture is worth a thousand words.

    1. Thanks Helene, photos for the book are yet to be taken but I do agree that they are very important!!! will be going for tantalising for sure 🙂

  2. Great I cant wait for the 2nd book. From my stash of about 30 cookbooks yours is the most used and is literally falling apart at this point!

  3. Really looking forward to your next cookbook in 2016. Book one was great as it was very useful for
    family meal planning for a working mum and great recipes for entertaining family and friends for special
    get togethers. Anne Marie Killarney

    1. Thanks so much Anne Marie. I’m finishing off the last of the recipe testing and writing this week and then it’s the photography/food styling fun after that. Hope that book 2 will be out in the Spring and so glad to hear that you found the first one useful 🙂 Sheila

  4. Delighted to hear there is a new book in the offing! As someone above said the first one is in tatters.

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