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Hummingbird Cake

by Frank Tiu

50 minutes

Inspired by kingarthurflour.com

50 minutes

Ingredients

for 8 servings

Cake

  • 3 cups
    all purpose flour (375 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons
    cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 cup
    pecan, chopped (125 g)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups
    granulated sugar (400 g)
  • 20 oz
    diced pineapple, 1 can, drained (565 g)
  • 1 cup
    canola oil (240 mL)
  • 3 large eggs

Frosting

  • 16 oz
    cream cheese (455 g)
  • 4 oz
    unsalted butter (115 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon
    salt
  • 6 cups
    powdered sugar (720 g)
  • ½ cup
    pecan, chopped, for decorating (60 g)

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line two 10-inch (25 cm) spring form pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and pecan. Whisk well.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Add the sugar, pineapple, oil, and eggs, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two additions. Whisk to combine.
  5. Divide the cake batter between the prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Make the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter, vanilla, salt and salt and whisk to combine. Add the powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
  8. Release the cakes from the springform pans and remove the parchment paper.
  9. Add a dollop of frosting to the center of cake stand and line with parchment paper.
  10. Place a layer of Hummingbird Cake on the cake stand. Spread ⅓ of the frosting over the top of the cake. Top with the other cake layer and spread with another layer of frosting. Use the remaining frosting to cover the sides of the cake, then run a bench scraper around the sides to clean off excess frosting.
  11. Decorate the border of the cake with chopped pecans.
  12. Slice and serve.
  13. Enjoy!
 

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