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Friday, 28 November 2008

Hummingbird Cake


On my travels around the blogosphere I saw a beautiful cake that my very sweet blogger friend “Happy Cook” @ My Kitchen Treasures had baked. Known to me as H.C. she has a beautiful blog and has an immense passion for cooking and baking. The range of her food is diverse from Indian, Chinese, Italian and Belgian and amongst all this a sprinkling of other cultures. Also H.C. is hosting a brilliant event at the moment for Homemade Christmas Gifts. If you desire to participate or just view the gorgeous edible gifts for Christmas ideas do take a peek here .

Thank you H.C. for sharing such a great bake :)








Another great blogger Aparna @ My Diverse Kitchen is celebrating her first year of blogging. To celebrate, she is asking bloggers and non-bloggers to celebrate with her by sending in celebratory fare. I thought this cake would be a lovely addition to this celebratory event. I had to include a candle on top of the cake in Aparna’s honour. You have until the 30th November 08 to submit your entry.



Hummingbird Cake ~ adapted from Happy Cooks recipe

Ingredients
1½ cups of self-raising flour
1 cup of caster sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp cinnamon
¾ cup of flavourless oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Few drops of vanilla extract
¾ cup pecan nuts, chopped
2 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
½ cup of pineapple from a tin, drained and chopped finely
Cream Cheese Frosting
60g Cream cheese
30g butter, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups of icing sugar
Edible food colour of choice (optional)
A few sprinkles (optional)

You will need a 20cm (8 in) round springform tin, lightly greased with a little butter and based lined with non-stick baking paper or greaseproof paper.

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan oven 150°C/325°F/Gas mark 3.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, vanilla extract, oil, nuts, banana and pineapple and stir until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until firm to the touch in the centre of the cake or a skewer inserted into the centre come out clean.

Leave the cake to stand in its tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the paper from the base of the cake and place onto a cake stand or plate to serve.

Place all the ingredients for the frosting into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. * I added my edible food colouring at the end when the frosting was all combined*.

Spread the cream cheese filling over the top of the cake and decorate if wished with sprinkles etc.


34 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very Petty! A delicious looking cake!

Cheers and have a nice weekend,

Rosa

The Blonde Duck said...

That's a gorgeous cake! It'd be perfect for a ladies' lunch!

Happy cook said...

Wow rosie you are superfast. I just posted them yesterday and here you are with this wonderful cake today.
Thankyou for you sweet words.You are very kind and thankyou for trying the cake.

sowmya said...

cake looks beautiful rosie...love the pretty flowers on the top

Bellini Valli said...

A perfect cake for any celebration Rosie. You are really tempting me with all these treats:D

Rosie said...

Hi Rosa, thank you and have a great weekend too :D

Hi Ducky, thanks, oh yes you are so right be great for a ladies lunch :D

Hi H.C. awe thank you sweetie for your kind words and also for posting this delicious recipe!! I will be baking this time and time again :D
Hi sowmya, awe thanks sweetie :D

Hi Val, I’ll try and keep them coming *giggle*

Sending my best wishes to you all -Rosie xx

Aparna said...

Thank you, Rosie.
I'm honoured to have you bake me such a beautiful cake. And a candle too.
I totally agree, any cake that looks that gorgeous is celebratory fare.

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna. it has been a pleasure to bake a cake for you and your celebratory fare :D Here's to another great year of reading your blog!! I have H.C. to thank for the recipe :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Here is the link rosie
http://rosiebakesapeaceofcake.blogspot.com/2007/11/christmas-sprinkles-candy-cane-cupcakes.html
I just wanted to know if i have to add the eggwhite in the icing mix

Rosie said...

Thanks H.C. I will go and take a look at the recipe and leave you a comment with the christmas-sprinkles-candy-cane-cupcakes :)

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Rosie, I have an unholy desire to nibble the pretty pink frosting off the top of this cake - it looks gorgeous! Hummingbird cake is delightful, so whoever got to share this with you is very lucky.

You have found your award:

http://kitchenlaw.blogspot.com/2008/11/home-made-christmas-gifts-panforte.html

Congrats!

Ivy said...

Rosie, I just came over from H.C. Both cakes are so beautiful. I am definitely going to make one myself.

Gloria said...

Really nice and beauty cake Rosie I love Happy cook Blog, is beauty!!! Gloria

nicisme said...

Looks darling Rosie, you do pink better than anyone else I know!

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of using bananas and pineapple in a cake! I bet it was nice and moist and really good.

Sophie said...

Hi Rosie :),

It was good to hear from you :). Your cakes and treats look so lovely. Thanks for posting about that event, I might just have to get involved! :)

Kaitlin said...

i love this! the little pumpkins are adorable!!

white on rice couple said...

This is so beautiful! I just LOVE the pink frosting and the beautiful pearls!
It's too pretty to eat!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Another lovely & delicious looking cake!

Margaret said...

I love Hummingbird Cake, we don't make it enough here in the UK.
It looks delicious - as usual.

Grace said...

hummingbird cake rules! not only does it have an awesome name, but come on--it's a fruit cake that's actually good! :)

Rosie said...

HI cakelaw, it’s my first time of tasting Hummingbird cake but won’t be my last *giggle* Thank you so much for the award I am very touched that you have passed it onto me ~ I am going to post my awards very shortly which I has meant to do before my last bout of illness.

Hi Ivy, Oh I do hope you will bake this cake from H.C. is really is gorgeous :D

Hi ‘dear’ Gloria, thank you! I have to say I’ve been a fan of H.C.’s blog since I first started blogging...

Hi Nic, awe bless you ~ you really are such a sweetie and so kind :D

Hi Kevin, the combo of fruits were stunning and blended perfectly together. The sponge was very soft and moist a beautiful cake recipe by H.C. Herself :D

Hi Sophie, I do hope you join in this event and thank you for calling by lovely to *see* you here :D


Hi Kaitlin, ahhh thank you so much sweetie :D

Hi W On R Couple, lovely to *see* you here – how are things, good I hope?! Thank you for your kind words :D

Hi Jerri, as always you’re such a sweetie thank you and also thank you for the lovely award :D

Hi M, thank you!! This is my first time of tasting this cake I have H.C. to thank for posting her wonderful recipe :D

Hi Grace, it sure rules in my house from now on ~ I adore the name and wow it’s such a great tasting cake :D

Many thanks my dear friends for calling by and for all your lovely kind words ~ you really make blogging a pleasure :D

Best wishes to you all ~ Rosie x

Maria said...

Another gorgeous cake, love the pink frosting!

Maria
x

Rosie said...

Thank you Maria ~ you know me and pink, just like you love this colour ;)

Rosie x

Ingrid said...

Your photos are terrific and I love the collages you make for the last photo.

I like how you slathered on plenty of frosting, that's my kinda cake!
~ingrid

Rosie said...

Taking photo's doesn't come natural to me *sigh* and I'm trying to improve my skills ~ so thank you so much you've made my day :D LOL I like to slather plenty of frosting on a cake no holding back on the sugar here...

Best wishes Rosie x

Namratha said...

The frosting is gorgeous Rosie, love it!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Your hummingbird cake is gorgeous! I love the decorations on it---so sweet.

Linda F said...

I love the look of your hummingbird cake Rosie, it is one of those cakes I have always wanted to bake but never quite gotten around too. I am once again putting it on my 'to bake' list!!!!

Anne said...

Cake looks really pretty and delicious!

Happy cook said...

Congragulations Rosie , i hear you won Aparnas celebration pirze.
I am so happy for you.

Yasmeen said...

pretty cake,congrats on your win rosie:)

Sanghi said...

Very gorgeous sweet coloured cake rosie. fist time here, congrats for winning the event and cooking book!

Rosie said...

WOW I am truly flattered and humbled to be deemed worthy of winning this great event held by the lovely Aparna!!

I also have to thank the lovely H.C. *Happy Cook* for such a lovely recipe to bake from ~ thank you my dear friend!

Thank you all for calling by my dear friends and it's so lovely to *see* you here and also for your very kind wishes on me winning - thank you :)

Best wishes Rosie x