First Attempt – Hummingbird Cake

Thanks everyone ;) For letting me whinge, I’m feeling much better now ~ my back is recovering, manager seems better today and as for the rest I’m just trying to learn to forgive and forget :D


Last month, I was extra organised and had planned two things I wanted to bake for Alphabakes :) This month’s host is Caroline Makes and even though she’s already done the round up ~ I still wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s a recipe that I’ve been waiting to make for such a long time and I finally got the perfect excuse to make it hehe!

I made my first ever Hummingbird Cake ~

Hummingbird Cake

For those who haven’t heard or had Hummingbird Cake before, its an American cake and was first published in Southern Living by Mrs L.H. Wiggins in 1979. Unless you’ve tried it, it’s quite hard to explain the taste as it’s got a combination of pineapple, banana and coconut with a cream cheese frosting. It’s got a very similar texture to carrot cake, but in my opinion it’s even softer and MOISTER :)

I had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day :)

I was really happy with how the Hummingbird Cake turned out, however, it would’ve been better if it had spent 5mins more in the oven hehe I have to admit it was ‘slightly’ undercooked but still SO delicious with the cream cheese frosting my favourite!

Recipe – Hummingbird Cake adapted from Good Taste 

Ingredients (serves 10)
Olive oil, to grease
20g (1/3 cup) shredded coconut
265g (1 3/4 cup)  self-raising flour
200 g (1 cup, firmly packed) dark brown sugar
45g (1/2 cup) desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 x 440g can crushed pineapple in natural syrup/juice
3 small ripe or 2 medium bananas, mashed
185 ml (3/4) extra light olive oil
2 eggs, light whisked

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 x 250g packet, cream cheese soften
100 unsalted butter, soften
450 g (3cups) icing sugar
3 teaspoon milk


Method
1)  Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with olive oil and grease well. Line the base and side with non-stick baking paper. Spread the flaked coconut over a baking tray. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until toasted.
2) Combine the flour, sugar, desiccated coconut, bicarb soda and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the pineapple, banana, into the prepared pan.

3) Bake in oven, covering the cake with foil if it browns too quickly, for 1 hour 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave in pan for 10 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
4) To make the cream cheese frosting, use an electric beater/stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Add the icing sugar gradually and beat until well combined. Add milk and beat to combine.

Hummingbird Cake

5)  Place the cake on a plate. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle with toasted flaked coconut and serve.

Hope you like the Hummingbird Cake and will try to make it sometime, because it’s simply one of those addictive cakes :D Oh before I go I thought I’d share with you a funny story, while making the cake, I realised we didn’t have a can opener which I needed to open the crushed pineapple with. I was freaking out, and even resorted to knocking on our neighbours doors, but unfortunately she didn’t have one either…but at least I now know a lovely couple live across us and I’d promised to bring her a piece of cake ~ I was so close to giving it all up…but then I decided to Google it…and there were actually lots of Youtube videos teaching you how to open a can without a can opener :P

So that’s exactly what Mr Bao did LOL

Thanks Mr Bao ~

Thanks to Mr Bao, he opened my can of crushed pineapple and I was able to finish making the Hummingbird Cake :) WOO HOO! Please excuse the messy kitchen benchtop hehe I haven’t had time to clean up~ That’s it for today, hope we all have a wonderful week!

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49 thoughts on “First Attempt – Hummingbird Cake

  1. Vien @ We Dare Food May 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm Reply

    HAHA that happened to me once! last last year I think! I didn’t have any can opener and I resorted to using my knife and point multiple tiny tiny holes around until it finally opened! :P
    I’ve never actually tried a hummingbird cake before but I’ve always wanted too!!! hehe maybe I’ll make one when my exams are done as a gift to myself!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply

      LOL :) I guess it happens to us all at least once! But usually we have like a million of those can openers lying around but for some reason when we moved…I must’ve chucked the old ones out or just left them at home hehe ~ but good on you for opening it with a knife! I was too scared and wanted to give up LOL
      Definitely try making the hummingbird cake it’s AMAZING but be warned you may be addicted hehe and never go back to carrot cakes hehe ~

  2. Momo Chan May 29, 2012 at 12:08 am Reply

    The YouTube link doesn’t work??

    I still have your container!! Haha mayb I should fill it with something before I return it…

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply

      Thanks Momo :) I think i fixed the youtube video now ~ I didn’t know it didn’t work before hehe ~

      I think you SHOULD lol i’m sure you’ll make something yummy for me hohoho ~ Thanks in ADVANCE!

  3. Cupcake Crazy Gem May 29, 2012 at 12:59 am Reply

    Hummingbird is one of my all time fave cakes! the combination of flavours is so delish isn’t it! Yours looks great, your cream cheese frosting looks so silky and smooth! and well done Mr Bao for saving the day – what a good tip that is!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 10:38 am Reply

      Hi Gem :) It’s definitely become my all time favourite cake too ~ but it does take some and effort to make hehe and I don’t always have crushed pineapples at home hehe ~ The cream cheese frosting is probably the best bit lol I could eat it all day long! Yup thanks to Mr Bao if not I wouldn’t have been able to make the cake woo hoo :)

      • Cupcake Crazy Gem June 1, 2012 at 5:09 am Reply

        yeah when I was younger I remember I used to get my mom to make carrot cake (not that I was the biggest carrot cake fan back then) but purely so I could eat the cream cheese frosting – it is the best!

  4. kellysiew May 29, 2012 at 2:01 am Reply

    Used to make hummingbird cake a lot. Always a crowd pleaser! Yours looks fabulous!

  5. Choc Chip Uru May 29, 2012 at 6:01 am Reply

    I am always getting my brother to open it for me ;)
    But then I share the results with him :P
    Gorgeous looking cake my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 10:41 am Reply

      LOL Uru that’s the reason why we need men around to open cans for us and all other types of jars and stuff :P thank gosh for Mr Bao though if not i would’ve just given up and dunno when I’d find the time to make them again hehe

  6. bakingaddict May 29, 2012 at 8:04 am Reply

    I love hummingbird cakes (without the coconut of course) and I’m glad you made one for yourself. They are incredibly moist and delicious. Your cake looks so good, I wish I could have a slice now. Thanks for entering this to AlphaBakes – perhaps if you ask Caroline nicely she will add it to the round up? :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 10:42 am Reply

      Thanks Ros :) LOL i didn’t know you didn’t like coconut and actually i didn’t even know this recipe used coconut until i made it hehe ~ I’m so glad i made it too because i’ve been meaning too just simply haven’t had the time hehe :) if you were around i’d definitely share with you!!! And gonna email Caroline now hehe but no pressure I understand that I was late :D

  7. Michelle May 29, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply

    I guess the reason why it’s called humming bird cake is due to the tropical flavors, no?

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 10:42 am Reply

      I think so too and i read somewhere that it’s Jamaican or something so something to do with tropical as well? :)

  8. Julie May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am Reply

    lol @ mr bao, go go mr bao!

    the cake sounds yummy! I also like the cream cheese frosting on top *noms*

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 11:55 am Reply

      LOL he’ll be so happy to see so many cheering him on :P if I have time I’ll make you one when i see u next cuz i feel like hummingbird cake again ~

  9. cattynet May 29, 2012 at 11:55 am Reply

    My mum makes a delicious hummingbird cake :) I’ve never tried. yours looks great!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Catty ;) I was quite happy even though it was my first time and lol it may have been slightly undercooked hehe

  10. hotlyspiced May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I’m pleased your back is getting better and that the manager is behaving herself. I love hummingbird cake and you have done a great job Daisy with your cake. It is very easy to under-cook a hummingbird cake because they have so much moisture. It really is a very wet cake mix. But like you say, it’s like carrot cake only better! xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply

      Me too Charlie :) so glad it’s all going back to normal hehe my manager is still a little weird and it’s a man lol i’m in a team full of men :P I agree it’s so easy to under-cook it so I’m gonna try harder next time I make it ~ Totally better than carrot cake hehe xoxo

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Oh yum! Hummingbird with cream cheese frosting is one of my favourite cakes ever. So moist and cream cheese frosting is the bomb!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

      It’s one of my favourites too :) just a bit of an effort to make all the time and i realised its not very common here in Australia ~

  12. Ames May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm Reply

    I’ve only ever heard of Hummingbird cake but never knew what it was or how to make it… now I do :D Love cream cheese anything so will be keen to try if not just the frosting hehe Glad to hear you are feeling better too, Daisy! Take care :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

      It’s not a very common cake here in Melbourne I don’t think :) but it’s so so so good you really should try making it ~ the cream cheese is AMAZING! Thanks Ames so glad all the bad things have gone now hehe ~

  13. libishski May 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Glad to hear that your manager seems a bit better these days! I also hope that YOU’RE feeling a lot better today.

    PS. Cream cheese topping is the bestest! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am Reply

      Hi Libby :) I take that back lol he was a bit better but now…not so much again but at least I feel better like you said :)
      Totally with ya cream cheese topping is the best!

  14. Jeno May 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm Reply

    Daisy sounds like you are having a better week! Yay! The hummingbird cake looks so beautiful and yummy, I am a big fan of cream cheese icing also, as long as it’s not too sweet…

    Don’t you just love YouTube? I can’t tell you how much money we’ve saved by watching the tutorials on how to fix or cook things. Technology is wonderful!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 31, 2012 at 9:08 am Reply

      Hi Jeno :) This week is definitely better! Thank gosh for that hehe ~ I can have cream cheese icing on everything lol especially Red velvet cupcakes YAY!

      I love YouTube can’t live without it lol so easy and like oyu said it’s best cuz it’s actually free woo hoo!

  15. sugarpuffi May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm Reply

    i LOVE hummingbird cakes! the frosting is just sooo sooo good! you did a great job on it!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

      Thakn you it was my first time so i was really nervous :) but thank gosh it turned out okay and I totally agree the frosting is THE BEST :D

  16. I always wanted to make one of these but the ‘want to make’ list is so long *sigh*. Not enough stomach space to make everything:(
    Mr Bao is so brave to open a can without an opener! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm Reply

      I know what you mean :) my ‘want to make’ list is just as long as my ‘need to blog’ list LOL it’s really crazy hehe ~ I’m really impressed with him too!

  17. penny aka jeroxie May 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Great job on the cake department and your very useful sous chef ;)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply

      Thank you Penny :) I’m so happy with it too ~ much better than i thought it’ll be hehe ~ and Mr Bao is a great sous chef!

  18. Nic@diningwithastud June 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I’ve never attempted a Hummingbird Cake. Yours looks so fab :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Nic :) You should give it a go then! It’s AMAZING! I bet you’ll like it hehe ~

  19. cakeboule June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply

    Looks so moist and tasty – its been on my to bake list for ages but it keep popping up wherever I go! Must be a sign :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 3, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

      Thank you :) I was SO happy with this cake hehe turned out much better than i expected hehe ~ definitely think you should make one soon ;)

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook June 6, 2012 at 7:13 am Reply

    Impressive! Nice collaboration work. I’m too scared to make a cake on my own… especially this kind of fancy (to me!) cake.

  21. Sophie Wang (@aecliss) July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Hummingbird cake! Yumyum :)

    Great job, especially with opening the can, hehe.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 20, 2012 at 9:03 am Reply

      Thank you for dropping by my blog Sophie :D

      It was the first time I’ve made Hummingbird cake and was just really relieved that it worked hehe

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