Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The best birthday cake ever!

There is a deli in Tampa called Wright's, and they have some really good cake. My favorite is the Hummingbird Cake (I like it so much I served it at my rehearsal dinner!). When my mom asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I knew she would be the one to recreate this for me. I found a recipe on Oprah's website and forwarded it to my mom. Like everything my mom makes, it was absolutely delicious. We were up in Keaton for the weekend, and even though I'm trying to eat healthy, I had a piece for breakfast and a piece for dessert every day!

And thanks mom and dad for the new camera...my pictures are so much better now!

Hummingbird Cake


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 bananas)
1 cup drained crushed pineapple
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped pecans (she didn't use these...no nuts for me!)


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 pound confectioners' sugar (about 4 1/2 cups sifted)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the cake, position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350°. Lightly butter two 9" round cake pans, sprinkle evenly with flour and tap out the excess. (If you wish, butter the pans, line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper, then flour the pans and tap out the excess.) Mom didn't have 2 round cake pans in Keaton so she used a 9x13.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, stir or whisk the bananas, pineapple, oil, eggs and vanilla until combined. Do not use an electric mixer. Pour into the dry mixture and fold together with a large spatula just until smooth. Do not beat. Fold in the pecans. Spread evenly into the pans.

Bake until the cake springs back when pressed in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the cakes to wire racks and cool for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks (remove the parchment paper now if using). Turn right side up and cool completely.

To make the icing: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the sugar, then the vanilla, to make a smooth icing.

Place 1 cake layer, upside down on a serving platter. Spread with about 2/3 cup of the icing. Top with the second layer, right side up. Spread the reaming icing over the top and sides of the cake. The cake can be prepared up to 1 day ahead and stored, uncovered in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

And because I love it so much, a picture of my birthday/anniversary present from my wonderful husband, a matching band to compliment my wedding and engagement rings. He's the best! =)


Joelen said...

The cake looks soo good and I love cake involving pineapple :) And your ring is gorgeous! :)

Rebecca said...

Oh, hummingbird cake is so yummy. A cake that tastes likes summer.

Your engagement ring and mine are very similar. I thought my husband was crazy when he started talking about a third ring, but that photo is selling me. ;)

Elly said...

I've never had hummingbird cake, but this looks so great! I just starred it, so hopefully I will get around to it someday. Your rings are beautiful! I got a second band for my birthday/annniversary last month, too :)