Hummingbird Bundt Cake

by sunshine on May 23, 2012

This was the third cake I made for the silent auction.  I hadn’t ever had or heard of this cake until about a week ago.  I ran across the recipe and had to make it for the name alone.  I didn’t even really pay attention to the ingredients.  My grandmother loved hummingbirds and now I have a love for them because they remind me of her.  This is why I fell in love with the cake from the second I saw the name.

This cake is much like a banana bread but a little sweeter.  I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I like it.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 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 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed & softened
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 TBL. milk

Directions

  1. Prepare Cake Batter:  Preheat oven to 350*.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  2. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan.  Spoon batter over pecans.
  3. Bake at 350* for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
  4. Prepare Glaze:  Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBL milk in a food processor until well blended (I just used my hand mixer).  Add remaining 1 TBL. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth.  Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.

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