Monday, January 3, 2011

No Humming Birds were harmed in the making of this blog post

Howdy folks! It's the new year and that exciting, right? No not really just another year to add to my bed post. Today was supposed to be the first day of my baking show on youtube and it was an epic failure. I have no sense of film and I look awful on camera, but I shall not despair, I'll try again tomorrow. I was making humming bird cake for the webisode but it shall instead be my blog for the day!

So, humming bird cake, have you heard of it? I hope so because it is absolutely delicious! I would describe it as carrot cakes prettier, thinner cousin with more friends. HB-Cake is an oil based cake with light cinnamon spice, pineapple, and banana. It is delectable! But why is it named after a small feathered friend? Well lets take a stroll down knowledge boulevard shall we?

This cake is known for being a southern tradition and it's first actual publication is in 1978 in an issue of Southern Living Magazine. The magazine had no explanation of it's name but southern folklore claims it comes from it extreme sweetness. The hummingbird is known to only feed from extremely sweet places, the dislike any nectar less than 12% sugar and go crazy for nectar at 25% sugar. The cake is known to be the perfect dessert for social gatherings, it's name sparks conversation, and it feeds twice as much as most other cakes because of how sweet it is. People also love it because of its tropical essence due to the bananas and pineapple, which leads to its other name Jamaican Cake. It's an impressive cake with beautiful flavor and is a terrific dessert all year round.

People go nuts over this cake! But I don't take the nuts part seriously, most of the recipes people have submitted for this cake include but I hate nuts in my baked goods. I said it was carrot cakes pretty cousin, pretty cousins don't have nuts...sorry. It's major similarity to carrot cake aside from the oil basedness of it is the cream cheese frosting. Oh snap that is like my crack! Cream cheese frosting is so creamy and tasty, it' s delicate flavor yet super sweetness compliments this cake perfectly. I really don't think any other frosting would do. So really quick before I give you the hummingbird cake I'll give you my cream cheese frosting recipe.

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz. Unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons of lemon zest...this adds an awesome flavor that enhances the tanginess of the cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 pound confectioner sugar

Cream the cheese and butter, scraping the bowl often, add zest and vanilla, then add confectioners slowly and mix until fluffy and well combined.

Ok so are you ready for some hummingbirds to attack your taste buds with the intense flavor and sweetness that only they can provide!?! YOU ARE??? Alright, here you prepared for instant love.


1 3/4c AP flour
1t baking soda
1/2t salt
1t cinnamon
2c sugar
3 eggs
3/4c veg oil
1 1/2t vanilla extract
1c crushed pineaple, drained
2c mashed bananas

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In a mixer with a whisk add oil to the sugar slowly to start an emulsion
3. Add eggs one at a time scrape bowl
4. Change attachment to paddle and add flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon until combined. scrape bowl
5. Mix in last three ingredients just until combined.
6. Bake in a two sprayed eight inch cake pans lined with parchment, until center in firm to touch and springs back.
7. cool in pans until warm then invert onto cooling rack.

Once completely cooled cut each layer in half evenly and fill cake with frosting. Once completely covered I like to covered sides with toasted flake coconut.

I hope you make this and wicked enjoy it! It's an awesome cake and you should bring it to every event you go to wear you have to make dessert. LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES WITH COMMENTS PLEASE!!!

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