Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pound Cake Challenge Week 5 - Hummingbird Pound Cake

I'm sure you're familiar with the Southern Living classic Hummingbird Cake. This recipe takes the traditional one step further into a pound cake and it is scrumptious! It's more than a pound cake in so many ways (weight included!). 

Ingredients for Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chopped bananas
3 eggs
1 (8-ounce) crushed pineapple

Ingredients for Icing:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box powdered sugar

Directions for Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
2. Stir together all ingredients by hand (do not use a mixer).
3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes.
4. Remove cake and place on a wire rack. Cool for 20 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely.
5. Spread icing on cake.

Directions for Icing:
1. Beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
2. Gradually add powdered sugar until the icing reaches desired spreading consistency.

Roll Call for our Hummingbird Pound Cake minus the bananas. I forgot to get them in the picture. But y'all know what bananas look like.

This recipe is an easy one by pound cake standards. You just start with the first ingredient and keep adding, stirring as you go. No mixer necessary or even recommended. Begin with the dry ingredients.

The vegetable oil ready to go in.

Here are those bananas!!

Add the bananas, vanilla, eggs and pineapple.

Mix it all up!

Butter and flour the tube pan ..

and pour in the batter.

After about an hour and 10, she comes out looking like this.

The crowing glory to this cake is undoubtedly the Cream Cheese Icing.

Yes, I know this cake deserves a better presentation than a paper plate. That's ridiculously sad but it had to travel and unfortunately, this was the only option. I sincerely apologize for not giving it the beauty it was due.

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