A Hummingbird Cake is an odd name for a pimped-out banana cake. Apart from banana, it has pineapple pieces and pecans, plus slatherings of cream cheese frosting. This Hummingbird Cake recipe makes two cake layers to sandwich together with a creamy frosting. Perfect for afternoon tea.

Recipe adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

You will need: Two 20cm (8 in) round cake tins

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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A Hummingbird Cake is an odd name for a pimped-out banana cake. Apart from banana, it has pineapple pieces and pecans, plus slatherings of cream cheese frosting. This Hummingbird Cake recipe makes two cake layers to sandwich together with a creamy frosting. Perfect for afternoon tea.
Servings: people at least
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Ingredients

Cake
Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan-forced; 340 F). Line the bottom of two 20cm round cake tins with baking paper and grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the caster sugar, eggs, mashed banana, oil and cinnamon. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the salt, vanilla, and bicarbonate soda. On slow speed, add the flour a little at a time until it’s just mixed evenly.
  3. Using a spatula gently stir in the chopped pecan nuts and the diced pineapple pieces.
  4. Check the oven is at the correct temperature. Split the cake batter evenly between the two cake tins. Bake on the middle rack of the oven, for about 25 minutes. The cakes are done when the top is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Turn them onto a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Add the icing sugar mixture and soft butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat them together on medium speed with the flat paddle attachment until all combined. The texture will look dry and sandy for now.
  2. With the beaters still running drop in the cream cheese one cube at a time. As more cream cheese is added the dry texture will transform to a soft creamy frosting. On medium-high speed continue beating the frosting until it’s fluffy.
Cake Assembly
  1. When the cakes are cool, slice any lumps and bumps from the tops so they’re both flat and even. Sandwich the two cakes together with at least 1cm of cream cheese frosting. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Decorate the top with chopped pecan nuts and a dusting of cinnamon powder.

Baking Tips

  • If the frosting is runny it’s been over-beaten and/or the butter used was liquid rather than soft and spreadable.
  • Store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container or protected from the air in a cake stand with the lid on. Eat within 24 hours ideally.

Banana and pineapple layer cake with pecans, topped with rich cream cheese frosting.