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Hummingbird Cake

This impressive hummingbird cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It makes a memorable dessert for any celebration and is lovely with a summer meal. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • Chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the shortening, butter, lemon zest and salt until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with pineapple juice. Beat in cream. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 777 calories, 35g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 113g carbohydrate (85g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Avishka
    May 21, 2020

    The vanilla layer cake recipe If you are reading these lines then I want to make you sure this is the world’s best vanilla layer cake recipe. Just try it once you would love it. I am posting this on the recommendations of my family and friend because according to the people should know how they can make a delicious and moist vanilla cake simply at their home. When I make this cake for the first time I feel something is missing then I adjust the recipe in my own way. I would like to share this recipe with you. Follow the details below: Ingredients To make a moist vanilla layer cake you need the following ingredients: For cake: Granulated sugar 2 cup Vegetable oil ½ cup Large egg 3 Pure vanilla extract 1 tsp Light sour cream ½ cup All-purpose flour 2 ½ cup Baking powder 3 tsp Salt 1 tsp Non-fat milk 1 ¼ cup For frosting Unsalted cold butter 2 cup Powdered sugar 7–8 cup Vanilla extract 1 tsp Heavy cream or milk 2–3 tsp Salt one pinch Method To make the vanilla layer cake follows the following instructions Preheat the oven at 350 F. use 3 8 inch pans, Greece the sides of pans and line the bottom with parchment. Take a large bowl now add oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract stir well or beat them until you did not get a lighter color. Now add sour cream and beat the mixture again. Now take another bowl and combine half of all the dry ingredients by adding the milk mix them all well. You can also use the spatula to scrape the sides. Divide the batter into 3 pans and make them smooth. Bake them for 20–23 minutes. Add a toothpick to check the cake, it should come clear. For the frosting: cut the butter and whip for 4–6 minutes. Then add 3 cups of powdered sugar and beat at a low speed. Now add vanilla extract and beat again. Now add 2 additional cups of powdered sugar and beat again on low speed. Now add last two cups of powdered sugar with heavy whipping cream or milk, mix them on medium to high speed. Now take one layer and add frosting on it. Repeat this process with all 3 layers. In the end, you can decorate the cake according to your choice. To get more delicious recipes to check out our site: https://www.avrecipe.com/best-vanilla-cake-recipe/

  • crbartman
    Jul 21, 2019

    There are a lot of great Hummingbird Cake recipes out there and the one problem is that the frosting is just too sweet. A cream cheese frosting on this cake is just great.

  • Amanda
    Apr 21, 2019

    This is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever made, and if the smidges I had to cut off to level the layers are any indication the cake is moist, dense, and DELICIOUS! This was my first go round with Humming Bird cake - and like the previous reviewer mentioned, my hubby’s first comment was - so how many Hummingbirds are in here?! Can’t wait to see how fast it goes for our family Easter, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a Taste of Home recipe!

  • noritae
    Feb 2, 2018

    I made it and I love ?? it. My husband always wants one for himself so I double the receipt on all ingredients except the pineapple I just do one can. Compliments every time. It’s just one of the best cakes I ever made. As a matter of fact I am making one right now for a ?? ??

  • KristineChayes
    Dec 11, 2017

    Excellent, moist cake. I added 4 ozs. cream cheese to the frosting, but that was the only change I made. I brought it to a church social and it disappeared in a blink!

  • karen fine
    Sep 8, 2017

    Doesn't say how many hummingbirds to add, or even how to catch them... but looks good anyway!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • hazlmystkz
    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!!

  • fgrover12
    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.

  • eldie1959
    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!

  • LisaL28
    Oct 3, 2015

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