Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic

APRIL 3, 2018  /  LINDSEY SHANTZ  / 

Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic
Many thanks to Lindsey for sharing her family recipe for this moist, sweet, and simple cake. ~Adina
I have to first admit I'm typically not a cake fan. I'm more of a pie person. However, this Hummingbird Cake recipe from my great aunt's 'Mennonite Country Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets' makes me reconsider my stance every single time. It never disappoints!

Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic

The cake is the perfect combination of dense, moist and flavorful. It is chocked full of bananas and crushed pineapple and a subtle cinnamon spice to meld all the other ingredients together perfectly. It is not your typically fluffy, sweet cake.
Each year when my kid's school does a cakewalk as part of a carnival fundraiser, it's my go to recipe I make. I have to say it's a hit. I've never been lucky enough to win my own cake back! This year I got smart and made one for the cakewalk and one for our family.
Doubling a recipe is always a timesaver. So if you have a cakewalk or dinner to take to someone in need, consider making one for your family and one to share. A Hummingbird Cake is also a classic choice for a potluck too.
So whether you are a cake or pie person --- I think all will enjoy this southern classic. If it is a new cake recipe to some of you, give it a try!

Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic

Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic

Hummingbird Cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Sift together in bowl.
  • 2 cups finely chopped bananas
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
Add, stirring until mixed. Do not use electric mixer.
Pour into greased and floured 9 or 10-inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes, or bake in three 9-inch layer pans for 25 to 30 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting when cool.
If you are short on time or want a simpler version of this cake, pour into a greased 13 x 9 rectangular pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done.
While I love to bake, simplicity is key in our home (especially with this season of life on our farm plus kids and all their activities), so I usually opt for this easy-to-make 13 x 9 version. The homemade cream cheese frosting tops it all off!

Hummingbird Cake, a true Southern classic

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup soft margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • small amount of milk to mix
Combine all ingredients with 1 tbsp. milk or more and mix until smooth.
These recipes were adapted and taken from my great aunt's cookbook, 'Mennonite Country Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets.

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