Friday, June 15, 2012

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze


This is one good cake!  Moist, sweet, nutty--Just the perfect cake.  I wish I could claim that I made this beauty, but I didn't.  Michael did, I just ate a few big hunks of it only a tiny sliver of it, since I'm on a diet.  OK, you know I'm joking.

I can remember my mom making hummingbird cakes for different occasions--A big giant four layer cake, covered in cream cheese frosting.  Well this is the "no special occasion needed" version of that cake.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
adapted from Southern Living

For the cake:
1 &1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 & 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (4 large)
1- 8 oz can crushed pineapple (don't drain)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 tbs milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   Grease and flour a 14-cup bundt pan; set aside.  In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Next stir in the eggs, mashed bananas, pineapple, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into the bottom of the bundt pan, spoon the batter over the pecans.  Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.  For the glaze, in a bowl combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 1 tbs milk; mix with a hand mixer until smooth, adding an additional tbs of milk if needed.  Immediately pour the glaze over the cooled cake, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of toasted pecans over the top.


I love these old fashioned bundt cakes, cause you have a choice--big slice or little slice?

30 comments:

  1. That really looks a moist cake and I love this type of cake. I have yet to bake this Hummingbird Cake and I think I need to now... Wish I can have a piece for snack now. Beautifully baked.

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  2. Hummingbird cake is such a southern staple. Just so happens to be one of my favorites too! This one is gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful cake! I love how a bundt cake looks. Thanks for the great recipe, Michael!

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  4. It is a beautiful cake. Believe it or not, I don't think I've ever taste a hummingbird cake before....what am I missing out on. Now, I know just want to bake this weekend. :)

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  5. You made me chuckle more than once! I remember this cake from my first years in Texas and the ladies who lunch and read Southern Living making it for tea or bridge parties and such; I love it, it is so Southern, right? Now I feel like making one!

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  6. I'll have a big ol' slice - Hey Bo, how ya been, I have not been around in while but I see you have been busy and all looks really good... yes, I remember hummingbird cakes just like your mom made, haven't had one in a long time - the bundt version is just the ticket - have a great weekend

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  7. That looks delish!.. btw is it called Hummingbird Cake because of all the sweet ingredients?

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  8. Well that looks like one delicious cake. Wonder why they call it a "hummingbird cake".

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  9. I love it that you made this in a bundt pan and the drizzle is to die for...

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  10. What a treat and perfectly Southern!

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  11. That sounds fantastic, one for the cook soon list. Diane

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  12. Amazing mouth watering cake! WOW!

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  13. This definitely looks like a cake I will have to bake. Moist and nutty, perfect!
    How did it get its name? I have the Hummingbirds out on my feeder on the deck.

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  14. A lot of you have asked about the name, but I really have no idea. I googled it, still know answer--So if anybody knows, please share.

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  15. Oh my! this looks simply wonderful - moist and full of flavor - really wonderful!!
    mary x

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  16. Yeah, I've made the layer cake version, but this looks so much easier and just as delish! Thanks for sharing, Bo!

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  17. It does look like the perfect cake! What a nice texture. I'll have to ask one of my baking friends if she knows where the name comes from...she usually knows stuff like that.

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  18. This bundt cake looks AMAZING! Your photos just made me want to trade this sandwich for a piece. Wow. Thanks for sharing, have a good one!

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  19. This sounds delicious. I am sure I have had Hummingbird cake, but apparently it did not make much of an impression. This one certainly looks like it would!

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  20. I don't comment often, but I have been reading since discovering your blog during the Joy the Baker Spotlight. I dig the type of food you post! I have an award for you as a way of saying thanks for sharing!
    http://msenplace.blogspot.com/2012/06/see-ya-in-gumbo-36-plus-award.html

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  21. I'm following you from "My Kind of Cooking." This is my 1st visit and I love the recipes that I've seen so far! I love bundt cakes too, who wants a little slice, LOL! Now, I'm curious, why do they call it "Hummingbird Cake. . . "

    Have a wonderful week!

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  22. Sounds delicious for this cake recipe! It's make me hungry :) i can't wait to eat this!

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  23. Wow, I haven't seen a hummingbird cake since I left Nebraska! Looks amazing, Bo - and I'm loving the cream cheese frosting!

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  24. Bo I love thois cake and the shots look amazing!!

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  25. Dear Bo, this looks like a fabulous bundt cake! It has everything I love in it! Blessings my friend, Catherine

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  26. lovely cake I want a slice and great pictures

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  27. Bundt cakes make for the best presentation, I tell you. This looks delicious, Bo!

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