Monday, May 20, 2013

Hummingbird Celebration Cake

I'm not sure where this recipe originated. It's handwritten into the recipe book I left home with way back when. It's essentially a banana and pineapple cake with a relentlessly moreish cream cheese frosting. For such an impressive looking and tasting cake, it sure is easy. And it makes a great alternative to the stock-standard butter cake for when you want to layer up a tower of deliciousness to celebrate something wonderful…like a birthday, a christening, or the launch of a Very Bloggy Morning Tea.

For the cake, you will need:

3 cups plain flour
2 cups caster sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
2 mushy bananas, mashed
440g tin crushed pineapple in natural juice

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with mixers. Distribute evenly between 3 or 4 greased and lined 20-22cm cake tins. If you've only got two matching tins like I do, do it in two lots.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

For the cream cheese frosting, you will need:

125g butter
250g cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence
500g icing sugar mixture

Soften butter and cheese in the microwave for one minute. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla and icing sugar and beat until well combined. Try to resist eating huge spoonfuls of it straight from the bowl. Layer cakes with frosting between each layer, then smother the entire thing with more frosting.

Serve fat slices on tiny plates, and when you're done, go back for seconds.

Donate to my Very Bloggy Morning Tea here. Check out the great giveaway here. Did you see Vanessa's beautiful cakey tale back here? Go on, it deserves a read.


  1. I'm drooling over this cake Greer. What a top treat to kick off your morning tea with. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I don't think I'll wait for a celebration to give it a go. Love Sue Bx

  2. That cake looks amazing!
    And how good is cream cheese frosting? The Peppa Pig cake was covered in cream cheese frosting...and really I am lucky that I had any left over for the cake!

  3. I think I might be baking this this week! yummo!

  4. Looks yum Greer! I think I shall try replacing the vegetable oil with some refined coconut oil. Will let you know how I go :)

  5. Wow, it looks so interesting! Would love a slice :)


  6. YUUUUUM how do I get me a piece of that!


  7. I just cannot resist cream cheese icing. This looks amazing, thanks for sharing your recipe. x

  8. The cake looks yummie - but that tea cosy! to die for!

  9. Greer, your Hummingbird is spectacular! I can't wait to try this one out x


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