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One day several years ago I got up all bushy tailed and thought, “I am going to get prettified this morning.” You know get dressed up throw on some makeup just feel pretty. I chose a nice outfit, nothing too fancy. Started doing my hair and makeup and my daughter who was 5 at the time comes to me. She looked at me very confused and said, “Mom are we going somewhere?” I of course said, no and asked why. She proceeds to tell me that I only get ready when we go somewhere. I brushed it off and said we were staying home.
Well, then the question was, “Are you going to make us breakfast Mom?!” and I replied that of course I was going to make breakfast why wouldn’t I? Then as if it was totally common knowledge she retorts, “Huh, that is really weird Mom because you usually make breakfast in your underwear.”
Such truth spoken from that baby’s lips. I admit I am a regular cook in my unders type of Mom. I mean really tell me I am not the only one! But here I was again in my under garments baking a cake in the evening of the pending great American solar eclipse. We were in the path of totality and so there were some extra visitors milling around town. When suddenly I look up and realize outside my kitchen window there is an RV! Yes, someone had parked down the dirt road next to my house and here I was baking a hummingbird cake in my skimpies!
Well, that kitchen curtain came zipping down so quick! And I like an old snoopy lady peeked out the curtains and peered at the visitors disapprovingly. The only thing missing from this scene was my hair up in curlers! Of course they had to park on my private road the day I was baking for the Cake Slice Bakers! Instead of a Hummingbird greeting me as I bake this classic Hummingbird Cake I was greeted by surprise RV traffic!
Honestly, I never thought I would say this, but this bake was totally therapeutic for me to make. Perhaps with the craziness of my current moving and selling of my home I needed something to feel comforting. And being in my kitchen baking a cake was familiar and stable. Plus, this time it was a straightforward cake recipe. No perfectly whipped eggs to possibly make a lovely fluffy texture with the huge possibility of looming failure. And no random ingredients I don’t have on hand. This Hummingbird Cake is the type of easy peasy cake your grandmother bakes and you think is the greatest thing since the bees knees!
Speaking of grandmothers this cake immediately transported me to a Southern church pot luck picnic. It was terribly kitschy in the best mid-modern way. I just thought it felt like a good country hug from a simpler time passed. And you know what it tasted like it too! Nothing fancy but a little spice cake with a tropical flair. And classic cream cheese frosting! Also, the lovely pecans gave a pleasing subtle crunch and texture. A true southern classic and winning recipe if you ask me!
- 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
- 8 oz of fresh pineapple, pureed
- 2 bananas, pureed
- 1 cup of pecans, chopped (optional)
- Cream cheese frosting of your choice
- + Orange zest added to frosting
- Slices of orange for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350* F
- Flour and grease 2- 9 inch round cake pans.
- In a bowl, sift together all your dry ingredients.
- Then gently mix in beaten eggs and oil.
- Finally stir in the vanilla and pureed fruits.
- Add pecans and incorporate.
- Pour your batter into your pans and bake for 30-35 min.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Once cooled frost and layer.
- Adding pecans to the top and orange slices to the sides.
The Cake Slice Bakers
To see the other Cake Slice Baker’s bakes scroll down below and look at their pretty pictures and deliciousness. We are baking from Roger Pizey’s “World Class Cakes,” which is also linked on the side bar for more info. Furthermore, if you’re a blogger and would like to join The Cake Slice Bakers, (posting is always the 20th of each month) you can request to join our group on Facebook. In addition to the other options, if you just love cakes, follow our Pinterest board to see all of the great cakes we bake!
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