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Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is one of those recipes that’s uniquely Southern, and found nearly every springtime at someone’s baby shower, wedding, or barbecue.

Rumor has it the cake’s name comes from its over-the-top sweetness – so sweet that there’s no way a hummingbird could resist it’s sugary lure.

Personally, it reminds me a lot of carrot cake, but instead of getting its sweetness from carrots, it gets it from fresh pineapple, ripe bananas, and warmly roasted walnuts. They’re each equal stars of this show.

James loved the cake for its denseness, and it’s cream cheese frosting. I loved it for all the fresh fruit and walnuts – both of which are incredibly good for you. That makes it healthy, right?!

If you’ve never had a Hummingbird Cake, take my advice and add it to your Springtime celebrations menu. Everyone could use a little Southern hospitality in their lives, don’t you think?


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Thursday 7th of July 2011

This looks SO good! Posting as my entry for the cupcake carrier here :) Thanks!


Thursday 7th of July 2011

This reminds me I haven't made one of these in AGES. And they are so good. And yours looks great. Thanks for the reminder.


Saturday 21st of May 2011

Thanks or sharing this recipe! I never had this cake before and it looked amazing so I just had to make it. It was delicious!


Friday 6th of May 2011

I love Hummingbird Cake! I always make mine with pecans, though. I just prefer them, and I was raised in Seguin, Texas (Home of the World's Biggest Pecan!). LOL


Saturday 7th of May 2011

Pecans would definitely be good in this too.

Lauren @chigallauren

Friday 6th of May 2011

I'm so excited to try this recipe, I've never made Hummingbird cake myself!!! If you are ever in Chicago-Art Smith's Hummingbird Cake at Table 52 is TOO-DIE-FOR!


Saturday 7th of May 2011

Lauren, I have wanted to go to Table 52 since I saw that Sunday Fried Chicken of Art Smith's on Best Thing I Ever Ate on the food network. I'm excited to know that good Southern man is making hummingbird cake too! Now we just have to get ourselves to Chicago!