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How to Make Hummingbird Cake, a Southern Staple


Learn how to make hummingbird cake, a delicious banana-pineapple spice cake that’s a staple in the South.

Hummingbird Cake is a banana-pineapple spice cake that is the perfect cake for any celebration, big or small. The best part is – it only takes 30 minutes to prepare!

Take a look at this delicious recipe for Hummingbird Cake ready to serve 12, straight from the BBC;

250g plain flour
250g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 eggs
200ml sunflower oil
50g chopped pecan nuts
50g chopped walnuts
2 mashed bananas
1 large peeled and mashed mango
Pulp of 2 passion fruits
85g canned mashed pineapple
Zest of 1 orange

Cream cheese frosting
200g full-fat soft cheese
50g unsalted butter
Zest of 1 orange
400g powdered sugar

1. Start by greasing and lining 3 separate 8-inch cake tins with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Once everything is ready to go, mix together the flour, caster sugar, ground cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda together and sift them into a large bowl.

3. Once sifted, gently stir in the 3 eggs, sunflower oil, nuts, fruit and orange zest into the bowl and then mix well.

4. It’s then time to place the mixture into the pre-prepared tins! Evenly distribute the cake batter into the 3 tins and place in the oven to bake for around 30-35 minutes, or until the hummingbird cake turns a delicious golden brown.

5. While waiting for the cake to cool, it’s time to make a start on the mouth-watering cream cheese frosting. To start, mix the soft cheese and unsalted butter in a bowl.

6. Once whisked, add in the orange zest, gently sift in the powdered sugar and then stir until the ingredients are well combined. You may need to place this in the fridge for a few minutes to help it set.

7. Once the cake is sufficiently cooled, spread the frosting on the top of each layer and stack to make one very pleasing three tier Hummingbird Cake. Then, enjoy!

You can also check out a slightly different variation on the Hummingbird Cake below, as demonstrated by YouTube user TheCooknShare;

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How to Make Hummingbird Cake, a Southern Staple