My favourite Hummingbird cake

A delicious Hummingbird cake recipe

This is hte best Hummingbird cake recipe I know and will not make any other. 


4 eggs

1 1/2 cups white or light brown sugar

1 cup of sunflower oil

2 cups cake flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda / baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 cups of finely chopped pineapple (tinned) or fresh

1/1/2 cups finely chopped and slightly mashed banana (about 4 small- medium)

3/4 of a cup of chopped walnut

Cream cheese Icing:

100gms butter (room temperature)

125gms cream cheese

3 cups of icing sugar

2 tsp lemon juice

Walnuts for decoration


Pre heat the oven to 180 C and line two 23cm round springform cake tins with non-stick baking paper.

In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add the oil and continue to beat.

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda into the mixture and mix briefly to incorporate and then remove from the mixer.

Fold in the chopped fruit and nuts and evenly divide the batter between the two baking tins and bake for about an hour until firm and when a sharp knife is inserted into the middle it comes out clean.

*tip* if the top of the cake is getting too dark but it is not yet baked through, loosely cover it with a piece of tin foil.

Allow the cake to cool on a rack before removing it from the tin and icing it.

To make the cream cheese frosting / icing, beat all of the above ingredients together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy and ice your cooled cake. Finely chop up a few extra nuts and scatter over your cake to decorate.

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