The Hummingbird cake has been a favourite for years, since the late 1970’s. But why is it named the “Hummingbird Cake”?
People say that the cake is so delicious that it makes you hum with delight whilst eating it, while others think the cake has this name because it’s sweet enough to draw in the Hummingbirds. There is another theory too, that people hover around the cake just like the way hummingbirds hover around flowers holding their sweet nectar. Maybe it was named after the way the cake draws people in and is eaten so quickly, very similar to the eating pattern of these little energetic birds.
H&H Catering make an incredible version of this popular cake. Take yourself in to one of our Point Cafes to try for yourself. Below, we have included our favourite recipe for you to try at home!
Enjoy, with compliments..
250g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
270g brown sugar
440g can crushed pineapple, drained
50g desiccated coconut
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250ml (1 cup) sunflower oil
CREAM CHEESE ICING
100g cream cheese
50g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
225g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, to garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 170°C.
Grease and line the base of a 23cm square cake pan. Sift flour and spices into a large bowl. Add sugar, pineapple, coconut, banana, walnuts, eggs and oil. Stir to combine.
Spread into lined pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on a rack and set aside to cool.
To make icing, place cheese, butter, vanilla and icing sugar in an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake. Garnish with walnuts, if desired.