Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird cake

Hummingbird cake would have to be one of my all time favourite cakes.  I love that it’s satisfying in it’s sweetness, but not overly sickly as chocolate can often be.  With the fruit it almost seems a healthy indulgence.


Hummingbird Cake


1 3/4 cups (265g) self-raising flour
1 cup (200g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut
1/2 cup (55g) coarsely chopped walnuts
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
440g can crushed pineapple, drained
2 large over-ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, lightly whisked
3/4 cup (185ml) sunflower or vegetable oil



1. Preheat oven to 160°C.

2. Grease a large cake tin.

3. Combine the flour, sugar, coconut, walnuts, bicarb soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

4. Mash the banana in a separate bowl and add to the mixture along with the pineapple, eggs and oil. Stir the mixture until combined.

5. Pour the mixture into the greased cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean.

6. Set aside on tray to cool completely before icing.


Lemon icing


1 cup (150g) sifted pure icing sugar

1 tsp finely grated lemon rind

1-1 1/2 tbs lemon juice



1. To make the icing, combine the icing sugar, rind and juice, and stir until the mixture is smooth.

2. Pour on to cake and spread with a spatula.  Top with some julienned lemon rind to decorate.



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