Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Homemade Hummingbird Bundt Cake

  •      The other day I made an easy hummingbird cake and it was tasty, but I'd still never made one from scratch so here's my mother and I's attempt at Southern Living's Hummingbird Bundt Cake.  This recipe is quite a contrast to the easy version I made before.  This recipe is more dense, almost a banana bread consistency.  It was great, just different.  We served this on Easter Sunday alongside a pork roast, broccoli rice casserole, macaroni & potato salads, vegetable crudite, and banana pudding.

  • Cake Batter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1 3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
  • (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Glaze
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
    • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • to 2 Tbsp. milk
      1. 1. Prepare Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
      2. 2. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Spoon batter over pecans.
      3. 3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
      4. 4. Prepare Glaze: Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp. milk in a food processor until well blended. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth. Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your cake is beautiful, love the dish too! I like the look of the glaze, gonna have to try that soon:@)

Sarah said...

What a beautiful cake and cake plate. Totally charming!