cakes and cookies

Hummingbird cake

October 1, 2008

Sounds intriguing but please don’t get that impression that it contains any thing of a hummingbird, the name itself is a mystery and till now no adequate research supports the origin of its name. It is a strange name and quite interesting to be named after a tiny bird. I found an article relating to this cake in Squidoo and there are few facts relating to the origin of the cake. Some say that people hmmm after biting a slice, so it is known as Hummingbird cake! Read this if it fascinates you.

I heard this from my dear journal that occasionally post these and they refer to it as one of the classics for the great southern land. It is quite a common that one gets to see the overripe bananas starring at you and u have no choice than to blend it to a smoothie or bake a moist cake. So hummingbird cake is basically a banana cake with a classic twist of adding pineapple, coconut and delicately flavourings with cinnamon.

This original article in (2008) was featured in Chicago Sun Times


2017  I recently made this hummingbird cake or loaf. Here is the updated picture. I have loved the way the pictures have changed but the taste of the hummingbird cake remains the same.

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  • Hummingbird cake

    • 1 1/2 cup plain flour
    • 400g tinned crushed pineapple drained
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
    • ½ cup desiccated coconut
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoon oil
    • ½ cup milk
    • ½ chopped walnuts/ pecans
    • 1 large banana mashed
    • 1tsp salt

    Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk sugar, oil and egg until well incorporated. Add chopped pineapple. Gradually add flour and milk alternatively till incorporated well. Finally add bananas and nuts.

    Pour into a loaf pan or any pan of your choice. Bake in a preheated oven of 180"C for 25 min to 30 minutes.

 hummingbird cake

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  • Reply Happy cook October 1, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I love hummingbird cake. They are always moist.
    I love to eat them the next day after baking.
    Your looks delicious

  • Reply sowmya October 1, 2008 at 8:03 am

    good one..looks yumm..bookmarked it!!

  • Reply meeso October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    This looks delicious, and I’m always up for a recipe using ripe bananas!

  • Reply Madhavi October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Bookmarked..cake looks divine, delicious!!!

  • Reply Bhawana October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    u were right. by looking at the name I tought it is something non-veg :D. added to my favourites. will try soon. 🙂

  • Reply Uma October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hmmmm. the cake looks and sounds interesting Shibani! Looks so good too! I love your beautiful water jug (is it?). Did you buy this in Beijing? Just curious. When I was in Hong Kong I used to collect such pretty things, that are taking rest in India right now!

  • Reply Aparna October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I’ve heard of this but never eaten it.
    Without the frosting, I guess its a good tea-time offering or would it be better as dessert?

  • Reply Divya Vikram October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Havent heard abt this earlier..Looks moist n yummy..Perfect pics!

  • Reply ANJALI J. October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    lovely cake recipe.. it looks delicious.

  • Reply Usha October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Oh I love the idea of using both pineapples and bananas together..looks delish 🙂

  • Reply Cham October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    ha ha, I was hoping a bird form cake 🙁 Lovely piece 🙂 The pot is just eyectaching! Is it porcelain?

  • Reply Sangeeth October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    great cake yaar! luved the jug! reminded me of Aladin 🙂

  • Reply SpicyTasty October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I never tasted hummingbird cake. your recipe makes me to try it and taste it too. Lovely recipe and nice pics.

  • Reply Daziano October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Nice recipe and I love the pot!!

  • Reply Archy October 7, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Yum !! Great u always try out new cakes cookies !! Nice yaar !!
    Looks so delicious !!

  • Reply Passionate About Baking October 7, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Ooh your post had me singing Shibani. have heard of this so often but never made it. Looks fabulous, as do the pictures. I love the tones of blue & the samovar! Lovely!!

  • Reply Shreya October 7, 2008 at 1:01 am

    looks so good, love the use of bananas. great recipe, totally new to me!

  • Reply Kate / Kajal October 7, 2008 at 1:01 am

    thats a pretty tea pot !
    Yet to try a hummingbird cake … sounds wonderful !

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