Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hummingbird Cake Loaves

This yummy recipe is from Southern Living.  It really strikes me as more of a quick bread than a cake, not that it matters what category it falls under since it tastes so good.  ;)  The pineapple and banana blended so nicely together that one flavor didn't really stand out from the other.  I was actually surprised the combo of fruit was so tasty...I never considered mixing pineapple and banana together.

These mini loaves are just too adorable.  I actually just made a few loaves to give my mini loaf pan a test run.  I was going for a layer cake for the rest of the batter.  Seriously.....grease the heck out of your cake pans.  My cake stuck like crazy.  Ahem....I ended up with more of a cake chunk kind of was total carnage.  It was pitiful, but quite amusing.  So my test run min loaves became the main attraction.  ;)

Hummingbird Cake Loaves with Cream Cheese Frosting

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
2 cups chopped bananas

Mix together eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar.  Stir in flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pineapple, 1 cup sunflower seeds, and bananas.  Pour batter into greased loaf pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Slice loaves in half.  Spread frosting in between layers.  Spread frosting on the top of the loaves.  Chill.

Another pic of the loaves...
Not the most attractive thing in the world is it?  I shall comfort myself with the fact it tastes yummy.  Seriously though, the most I thought I would do to the mini loaves would be drizzle a citrus glaze over top.  I never intended to frost the little buggers...ehehehehe.


  1. Those look amazing and now I really want to bring those to Thanksgiving dinner. I don't have the right pans though (mini or regular loaf!) so I'll have to look into those. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. they look so yummy!! these are my favorite!

  3. lovely combination of bananas and pineapple

  4. The cakes look gorgeous. Sounds yummy, too :)

  5. What pretty cakes!

  6. I've never made hummingbird cake and you totally inspired me! I love small things so way to go with the loaves!

  7. Gotta love those Southern Living Annuals. Now if only I'd use mine more often. Hummingbird cake is so decadent and you were kind enough to give it to us in smaller portions. I like the sunflower seeds. They are underrated. Your posts always inspire me.

  8. Yum! My boss's wife makes hummingbird muffins, but that cream cheese icing you've got going on is definitely something that would take them over the top!

  9. THe good thing about cake carnage is that you can eat what you want of it and no one will notice.
    Maybe I'm the only one who does that.

  10. MMM, yum! I'm a frosting over glaze kinda girl, so these look great!

  11. I've never heard of hummingbird cake but it looks delicious! Best trick I know for getting cake to release well...grease pan, but also put down a circle of parchment paper on the bottom and grease that too.

  12. This cake looks absolutely scrumptious!

  13. Oh, I'm in the south and I LOVE hummingbird cake. I had never heard of it until I moved down here, but it's a dessert made in heaven. YUM!

  14. I like the name of this cake. Hummingbird and I have no doubt this cake taste good with banana and pineapple. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  15. What a fabulous idea turning a hummingbird cake into a loaf! They look wonderful :)!

  16. The recipe is similar to one that I have, and what I love about mine is that no matter how I change it, it comes out delicious. I've done it with zucchini, carrots, apples, bananas, pineapple and various combinations of those--even peanut butter!
    As for the cake carnage, I usually make my bread/cake as muffins, with the paper liners for just that reason. =)