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.

HummingbirdCake_banana_pineapple

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.

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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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