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You Asked For It: Hummingbird Cake

I'd like a recipe for Hummingbird Cake. Thank you.

Sarah Stork, Crystal Beach

This is another popular cake among readers that got numerous responses. Susan Castagna of Clearwater shares a recipe from her mother, Helen White, that she says is a family favorite. Jeanette Williams of Seminole submitted a recipe from Southern Living. Others sending in recipes included L.G. DuPont of Ocala, Joan Webb of Trinity, Patricia Puka of Tarpon Spirngs and Marjorie Hayden of Clearwater. While many recipes were the same, changing only the type of nuts used and some measurements, the frosting recipes were slightly different. The main difference being a halved version of what's included here and putting nuts on top of the cake once frosted. While that would look lovely, there are lots of nuts in the cake. It's an option completely driven by individual taste and the amounts ranged from ½ cup to 1 cup. Also, some folks drain the pineapple while others don't. I didn't and felt the cake was perfectly moist. I used the double recipe of frosting because I like a lot of frosting. If you do not, half would make for a small amount between layers. Being a 3-layer cake, it makes a lovely presentation but it is on the rich side. The cake is moist and flavorful with great texture. When making the frosting, use your beaters on low to get the powdered sugar mixed in so it doesn't fly everywhere. Turn up the speed as it becomes incorporated.

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Hummingbird Cake

3 cups flour (all-purpose)

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup pecans or walnuts

2 cups mashed banana

For the cream cheese frosting:

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 (16-ounce) boxes powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

To make the cake, combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs and oil. Stir with wooden spoon until moistened. Don't beat. Add vanilla, pineapple, nuts and bananas. Spoon into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pan after 10 minutes and cool completely on cooling racks. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

To make the frosting, cream together cream cheese and butter until light. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well. Use immediately.

Source: Susan Castagna of Clearwater

You Asked For It: Hummingbird Cake 02/12/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:41pm]

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