Thursday, March 08, 2012

Incredible!!

Southern Living Hummingbird Bundt Cake

The Southern Living magazine always gets my attention when the latest issue arrives in the mailbox, especially the recipes inside. I try out desserts often and when I say this Hummingbird Cake, an updated version done in a Bundt pan, well…you can imagine how hard it would be to turn this down.
Needless to say, I didn’t.  It’s like banana bread with pineapple and cream cheese icing.
Not especially good for you, but boy, oh boy, was it good.
Hummingbird Cake cream cheese icing
Do you see what I mean?  Could you turn this down?
I didn’t think so.
Hummingbird Cake
 
Hummingbird cake from Southern Living
We ate the whole thing over the course of a few days.
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Cake Batter:
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. watkins 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. watkins vanilla extract
Glaze:
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed & softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. watkins vanilla extract
1 to 2 TBL. milk

  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.  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.