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A Victorian cake recipe that is truly exceptional. The perfect cake to take to gatherings...it's easy, freezes well, serves many, and it doesn't actually contain any hummingbirds!
"I was really pleased with the TEXTURE of this cake, and the icing with rum added is just delicious. However, I agree with other reviews that the bananas really take over the flavor of this cake and you can't taste the pineapple at all. And I have banana bread recipes that are much more flavorful than this one (even if some of the moist texture is sacrificed).
Anyway, I would still make this one again!"
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Top-ranked recipe named "Hummingbird Cake"
Preheat oven to 325F / 160C / Gas Mark3.
Generously grease a 10" tube or a fluted tube pan.
To make the cake: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
Next remove 2 Tablespoons of juice from the can of pinapple. Set this juice aside for the glaze
To the flour mixture, add the can of pinapple, the oil, eggs, banana, nuts, and vanilla. Stir until just blended. Do not beat.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the 325 degree oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and remove the pan from the cake. Cool completely.
To make the glaze: In a small bowl combine the melted butter or margarine with the powdered sugar. Add enough of the reserved pinapple juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistancy. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. For a glaze with a whole new dimension, try substituting rum for the pinapple juice.
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bodaciouspeach 2 months agoMaking now! I'll let u know how it turns out.
brettnleosmom 6 months agoThis cake was a huge hit. I baked it so that me and my family would have a yummy snack for a two-day garage sale. It did the trick! Make sure you're baking for a crowd - this cake goes a long ways!
Cindyrella40 7 months ago
Nikhomemadegood 10 months agoI added chopped cherries. Next time I will use 3 bananas as called for and try cream cheese frosting. Spices need increased - i will add more cinnamon and ginger. This recipe needs tweaked for my taste but it was very moist, very easy and got compliments.
AlyssaMahina 10 months ago
tiggerthetiger 10 months ago
Regina001 10 months agoMy father-in-law, as well as the ladies at the office loved this cake. It's a keeper for sure!
wilderhares 11 month agomoist cake but would increase spice a bit to flavor
cmv013 1 year ago
Meghan24 1 year agoVery Yummy!
spicylatina1 1 year agoThis cake is so moist, its rich and delicious,im going to go in the kitchen and bake another one :)
wilderhares 1 year agovery good dense moist cake. I am planning on increasing the cinnamon next time for more flavor. I did enjoy it.
mechee 1 year agoI really wanted to try this cake for the longest and when i baked it for the first time and tried it for the first time it was ok....it tastes like a banana bread...this would be my first and last time baking this cake
hutchcrew 1 year agoGreat cake.
rachelperez 1 year agoi made mini bite size version n filled with vavarian pudding
CobyMaddman 1 year agoI can not find the ingredients for this cake!!!!!! I want to make it, someone please help.
JessH5 1 year agoBest cake recipe yet. I love to make it in fancy loaf pans and give away with gifts.
Effie13 1 year agoGreat recipe! Layered it and filled and frosted it with cream cheese frosting topped with walnuts. It came out great!
susanberklevin 1 year ago
brianolivia 1 year agoWonderful, easy and a crowd pleaser. Many asked why the name, but I don't know? Any suggestions or ideas from whence the name originated?