Friday, April 4, 2008

Favorite Ingredient Friday - Hummbingbird Cake

Oh, the dessert edition - Overwhelmed, I love you! This cake is one that my mom requested for her birthday this year. I hadn't heard of it before then, and frankly, my thighs are thankful. I could eat the whole thing, every time. In the searches that I did, I found out it is Southern Living's most requested recipe ever. You'll soon find out why!

Hummingbird Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas (I mashed mine)

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.
16 servings
I have now made this substituting apple sauce for 1/2 the oil, and using whole wheat flour - it still turns out fantastic.
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Kim Davis said...

That looks soooo good!!!

Kathleen Marie said...

This looks and sounds super delicious and has so many things I love. Thanks so much!

Carey said...

It sure does sound yummy! Ive heard of this recipe before but never made it.

Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, I've never heard of hummingbird cake but it sounds decedant! I must try it soon!

Thanks for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday- Dessert Edition recipe exchange. I sure do appreciate it!