Eating In Sweet

Hummingbird Cake – Recipe

June 12, 2015

My sister recently told me about this banana diet which is making the #fitspo folk go, well, bananas. My first reaction was to laugh; who can seriously eat bananas all day, everyday? Who wants to?! But then I remembered that not everyone shares my opinion, people actually like those pungent, squishy things. They are everywhere: lollies, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, milk, fritters, and of course cake.

Banana cake just doesn’t tickle my fancy, obviously if it was a choice between that or carrot cake, it’s the lesser of the two evils but it will never be my preferred option. On the contrary, a certain someone is rather fond of banana cake so feeling generous one afternoon I decided to make him one. Kind of. I mean there are a lot of bananas in it but it also calls for pineapple, a fruit I do adore, and the cake is technically called a Hummingbird Cake…


Hummingbird Cake (Adapted from a recipe by Jamie Oliver)

  • 4 very ripe, medium sized bananas, mashed
  • 425g tin of pineapple pieces, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat your oven to 180c, and line a 23cm cake tin.

2. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, pineapple, olive oil, eggs and vanilla.

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3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

4. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture and mix until smooth. Add the chopped walnuts.

HummingbirdCake_mixture

5. Pour mixture into the lined tin and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes.

6. Once the cake is cooked through, remove from tin and cool completely before dusting with icing sugar or covering with icing, my favourite is a lemony cream cheese frosting!


When I first described this cake to a certain someone, mentioning the two types of fruit and walnuts, he was a little sceptical but boy did he change his tune. After my first attempt he boldly proclaimed it to be ‘the best cake I have ever eaten’. Now that is a good review. I’ve tried a lot of cake so I’m not sure it’s the best I’ve ever eaten but it’s pretty darn good, and easy to make!

Right, I’m off to whip one up for a certain someone’s birthday tomorrow but you don’t need to wait for a special occasion- go get baking!

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  • daydreamingfoodie

    The cake looks fab – I think the combination of bananas and pineapple sound just perfect for Summer! The walnuts do sound odd but I’ll try anything 🙂 One I must keep in mind!
    Laura | http://www.daydreamingfoodie.com

    • The walnuts really work- I promise! They add a really nice crunch to the cake!

  • UGH. I WANT THIS.
    Right now.

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • Honestly, you can get with whipped up in 30 minutes… hardest wait is the baking and cooling!

  • Right, I first discovered you people who don’t like bananas in intermediate, and it was a revelation of weirdness. The word ‘gluggy’ was used. What in the actual hell?!?!?! It’s inoffensive, it’s just a banana. You can even carve your name in the side of it.

    Secondly, what the hell is wrong with carrot cake???!! What about parsnip cake? This is just mind boggling…

    • Ok so you know I am not alone in my banana dislike- I won’t go as far as to say I’ll never let their glugginess pass through my lips but still… less than ideal! Urgh, carrot cake- the best part is the icing.

      • My friend once spent £60 on a birthday carrot cake and the cake shop totally misspelt the message on top. No one cared. £60 well spent.

        • Crazy carrot lovers b

  • Hmm yummy!! I love banana cake but never thought to pair with pineapple. Delicious Connie!

    Lucy
    http://www.lucylovestoeat.com

    • It’s a really lovely cake, though with your super baking skills I’m sure you’ll make anything taste good!

  • I’m with you on bananas – unless they’re slightly under ripe I can’t face them, and let’s not mention fake banana flavour…
    Banana cake on the other hand… this hummingbird cake sounds delicious!

    • So pleased there are some other non-banana-lovers out there! It’s a great fail-proof cake and super easy to make!

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