Hummingbird Cake

One SliceI made this cake to celebrate my father’s 90th birthday. Sadly, he will have to enjoy this cake vicariously, from his perch in heaven, as he died in 1999. Some may find this a bit macabre, but those who knew my dad understand that enjoying life vicariously, through others, was ingrained in his being. He got great pleasure and joy from other people’s good slice 2Hummingbird cake is a classic Southern dessert, with Jamaican roots. The glorious trifecta of banana, pineapple and pecans meld into a moist dense cake that, once filled and frosted with a cream cheese frosting, could drive a sane person just a tad crazy. I added some unsweetened coconut to the batter because, well, coconut! All you coconut haters can leave it out. You won’t hurt my feelings. I used coconut flakes, but for a less chunky texture, you could use shredded coconut.

This cake recipe is adapted from Bobbette and Belle’s recipe for Hummingbird cupcakes.  ready to bakeNo one is quite sure how this cake got it’s moniker. Some theorize that because the cake is so sweet, loaded with sugar and fruit, that it would naturally attract hummingbirds. Others posit that the cake is so delicious, it makes people hum with happiness, like a bird.cakes coolingassembling cake 1assembling cake 2To decorate the cake I used a #8 Wilton tip to pipe a string of “pearls” around the top and bottom of the cake. I tied some gold ribbon around wooden skewers to create little flags and staggered the heights in the cake.cake and milk

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Two slices

4 thoughts on “Hummingbird Cake

  1. Susie

    Thank you for this warm and wonderful post. You touched my heart. Your dad is surely quelling from his perch up in heaven. He definitely would say that this is THE BEST CAKE EVER and how he would love your story…just like Finny!
    Aunty Susie

  2. nilathetoughcookie

    Hummingbird cake has been on my to-bake list forever! I love that you baked it for your dad, even though he passed away in 1999. I think it’s a great way to remember people and to celebrate their lives. My grandma always enjoyed apricot tarts, and whenever I have a piece of apricot tart, I think of her.


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