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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

This impressive cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It also makes a great Easter dessert and is lovely with a summer meal. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-14 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • PINEAPPLE FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • Chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the bananas, oil, eggs, pineapple and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts.
  • 2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the shortening, butter, lemon peel and salt until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with pineapple juice. Beat in cream. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 777 calories, 35 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 333 mg sodium, 113 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Reviews for Hummingbird Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"This was amazing! Made it for my mother-in-law for Easter. I'm not usually one for pineapple but you can't taste it - just added to the moistness. I did half chopped banana and half mashed ripe banana, which was good for a bit of texture. My only "complaint" was that it was so dense that a slice of three layers was too much to finish. I'd make only 2 layers or even maybe cupcakes next time. LOVED IT otherwise!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"I have also made this cake before with slight variations. It is moist, flavorful and transports well. I toasted pecans, and placed them in the bottom of a greased and floured bundt pan.

The recipe I have only calls fr 3/4 cup canola oil Everything else is exactly as this recipe. Stir just til all ingredients are moistened. If using a bundt pan bake at 350 for 1 hr to 1hr 10 mins. Cool on rack 15 mins then turn out to rack to cool another 2 hrs. Glaze: 4 oz cream cheese, cubed and softened. 2 c sifted confectioners sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1-2 tbsp milk.
Combine and pour over cooled cake immediately. sprinkle with small amount chopped nuts.
Enjoy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I made this wonderful cake as written for a co-worker's birthday party in the early summer. It was a unique cake with the nuts, pineapple and bananas and very moist. Transported well on the NYC subway and then to the restaurant. My co-workers loved it. I have made a couple other of Nancy Zimmerman's cakes including the banana pound cake. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Love it! Like others I also make the cream cheese frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"This is one of my favorite cakes.....I have always made a cream cheese frosting to put on it and sprinkled chopped pecans on top. But will try this frosting out"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"Moist and wonderful if you love the flavor of bananas, nuts, and pineapple. I used a cream cheese frosting on it, and we loved it. Next time I will try the pineapple frosting. Made it for a potluck and everyone liked it. Because it was so tall, the layers tipped over once it was cut for the potluck. Next time I may try making it in a 13 x 9 pan."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"I baked this cake for the first time just to have something to go with our coffee in the morning. Since I wanted something for a coffee cake I did not frost it, I just left it plain. My husband loved it. It is very moist . I definitely will bake this cake again and will frost it with a cream cheese frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"I'd made this cake before & used a 13x9x2" pan. I DID purposely use a can of cream cheese frosting instead of making the frosting in the recipe and it worked out very well! I'd baked this cake for our Chapel fellowship breaks and it was well received! Nancy Zimmerman, thank you for this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I made this for my husbands 50th birthday. The only change I added 3oz of cream cheese to the frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"Love the cake recipe. Very moist and a great texture. We are not fans of icing made from shortening, so I made it with a cream cheese frosting with pineapple juice added to it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"This cake was actually not very hard to make. (Although there is a lot of steps and is time consuming) Everyone at my party loved the cake. It is almost like a banana bread. I added bananas at last minute (so they didn't brown) to the top as a decoration. My only advice would be after you ice the cake make sure you keep it covered very well or the icing will dry out a bit. I think with or without the nuts would be great or substituting them for another kind."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"We found by putting this in the refrigrator over night just really sets it up.

We just love this cake and my husband makes it all the time. He just loves to bake. We first heard of this from his boss and his mother made it for years. Just a Good OLE' Southern Cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"absolutely delicious and moist"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"WHY ARE ALL CALORIES FOR THIS CAKE SO HIGH.425 TO 1150 AND OVER. I WOULD LOVE TO BAKE THIS,IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL. BUT THIS ONE HAS THE LEAST AMOUNT OF BAKING TIME. CAN ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THE CALORIES COUNT.............WANDA. A."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"I use pecans rather than walnuts and use a cream cheese frosting. This is super popular in the South."

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