Hummingbird Cake

15.2.10

I recently made a huge and delicious cake using my Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook that my best friend got me for my birthday. I really recommend this cookbook if you like cakes and buns of any variety - it is packed full of recipes which all look and sound delicious! I have got my eye on the Marshmallow Cupcakes next.

Andrew and I decided to attempt the Hummingbird Cake which basically has the same principals of carrot cake but instead of carrots you use bananas, pineapple and walnuts. We wanted to do a triple layer like in the book but our first two layers turned out quite high so we stuck with two. We could have done another but it seriously would have been the highest cake ever.




It was surprisingly quite easy to make. We had to go shopping for some of the ingredients like the Bicarbonate of Soda and the pineapple and walnuts, but we had lots of the main ingredients already. We laid everything out on the work surface and then worked our way through the instructions which were really clear and easy to follow. The bananas had to be mashed but the pineapple and walnuts were kept as small pieces so they made the mixture chunky and more interesting!

We made the frosting from scratch using the Hummingbird cream cheese frosting recipe and used lashings of it to fill the middle of the cake and to decorate the outside. We had loads left over which we ate like small children and then felt a little overloaded on sugar. We used the leftover walnuts to decorate the top and then a light dusting of cinnamon powder finished it all off.

And here is the finished result!



It was so so delicious! It tasted better than anything I've ever bought from a shop and it was really moist and tasty. The mixture of the crunchy walnuts with the chunks of pineapple made it really interesting and the frosting tasted really good; much nicer than the ready-made stuff you can buy. We shared some of the cake with other people but we still had loads for ourselves which was great but not so good for the waistline. I would definitely make this again as it was yummy (and for a rubbish cook like me it was quite easy!)

Oh and here's the mess that Andrew made after he had whisked the icing sugar with the other ingredients. I had to clean this up! :( How did the tv remote get there!? I have no idea. The only downside to baking is the tidying up afterwards isn't it?


Grrrrr.

29 comments:

  1. MY GOSSSH! ME WANTS!!!!

    il have to check out that book!

    x

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  2. That looks absolutely delicious! I feel hungry.. xx

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  3. Mmm looks scrumptious :D xxx

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  4. I'm on my way around for a slice & a cup of tea ;) lol looks delish babe

    x

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  5. Looks sooooo yummy!

    I nearly bought that book the other week. Might take another look at it! :) x

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  6. Ooh that looks lovely!

    I'm such a baking geek. I got this book for Christmas and love it - though I'm really not convinced by the cupcake recipe - didn't quite work out how I was expecting!

    Will have to give the bigger cakes a go :) x

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  7. Yummy, that looks so good! I have the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, which I recommend if you like the Hummingbird one :)

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  8. Mmmm looks super yummy! You've got me craving sweets now! xx

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  9. Yummmm it looks so good! I wish I could bake stuff, might give it a go! XO

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  10. Mmm that looks absoutely delicious! x

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  11. That looks lovely!!!

    I share recipe books with my mum to save money - I know she has that one so I will borrow it make that.

    C
    xxx

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  12. Haha the mess you made is amazing!
    The cake looks so good, this has been tabbed in my hummingbird cookbook for some time so I may have to make it soon after seeing this!

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog that I thought you might like my lovely! Includes some Cath Kidston and an Arcadia gift card! :) x

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  13. i love this book yummy x

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  14. Oh my that looks so so very yummy!!

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  15. awww gosh
    yuummmmy!

    Eliza @
    chocolatecoin.blogspot.com
    x

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  16. Looks delicious hun! I'm tempted to make it but the boyf doesnt like walnuts and I'm not overly keen on pineapple in cooking lol xx

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  17. The messy kitchen (complete with TV remote) really made me laugh - that's EXACTLY what happens whenever I bake!

    I'm a rubbish cook too, but have this book as well as the Primrose Bakery one. I've done the marshmallow cupcakes and they were awesome! Will definitely attempt something else from there this weekend.

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  18. Your cake looks fab!!! Well done! I haven't done any baking in ages, I need to get back into it!

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  19. Oh gosh, how very yummy!

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  20. hehe, so messy. that looks so much fun! and ever so sweet. xx

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  21. That cake looks fab, you're obviously a better cook than you give yourself credit for :)

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  22. that looks SO good. I love the hummingbird book, I am addicted to looking through mine!

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  23. That looks AMAZING! :) Seriously. I really need to try some home baking. Ive seen the humming bird book before, it looks lovely. Well done! :D xx

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  24. Oooh yummy! I love the Hummingbird book, it seems impossible to go wrong from it! I also need to make the marshmallow cupcakes, they look amaaazing.

    Followed a link on a friend's blog, love your blog! :)


    http://essbeevee.blogspot.com

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  25. MMMMM looks so yummy! I love this recipe book, I want to try baking it all! x

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  26. Well hello,
    I have this recipe book, I love it!
    I may have actually baked everything in it! Yours looks delicious! x

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  27. that cake makes me want to run to the shop and make one myself!! mmmmm! x

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