Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Dear Sweet Kelly

This cake recipe is definitely out of my past. It is wonderfully tender and moist, not for someone who is watching calories. I have not made it in quite a while, but needed a birthday cake that would travel well for Kelly's birthday. This is her favorite and that is the most important reason for making it, followed by : so easy, one bowl, great use of spotty bananas, travels well, keeps for days (unless it is going to a reunion). A perfect recipe, don't you think? Kelly does not care for nuts in her cake, so I omitted them. I also did some research on this recipe, since it has been called Dr. Bird Cake and I've always been curious as to why. Check here, if you are interested too. This cake goes all the way back to 1978 (told you it was retro) and is also called Hummingbird Cake.

Dr. Bird AKA Hummingbird Cake
credit: --Mrs. L.H. Wiggins, Greesnboro, North Carolina" ---"Making the most of bananas," Southern Living, February 1978 (p. 206)

• 3 cups all-pupose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon soda
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 1 1/2 cups salad oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
• 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, divided (optional)
• 2 cups chopped bananas
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl; add eggs and salad oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup chopped pecans, and bananas. Spoon batter into 3 well-greased and floured 9-inch cakepans. Bake at 350 degrees F. For 25 to 30 minutes; remove from pans, and cool immediately. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped pecans. Yield: one 9-inch layer cake. (You can also bake in a well greased bundt pan and adjust baking time to 1 hour.)
Cream Cheese Frosting
• 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
• 2 (16 ounce) packages powdered sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine cream cheese and butter; cream until smooth.Add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Yield: enough for a 3 layer cake.

Your Mamma loves you. I hope you enjoy your cake, and I hope you don't mind this public display of affection. I love you baby and hope you have a wonderful day. April 21 is a very special day for me. You are special. The cake and the photos are for you dear, enjoy!


  1. Lovely blog, great photos. Thanks for reminding me about Hummingbird Cake. This recipe brings to mind the old Sock It To Me Cake from the side of the Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix. It is worth a try too.

  2. Hey Thanks for stopping by!!Its a small world huh! I have been looking for Hummingbird Cake recipe for along time! I cant wait to try it!

  3. Thanks for reminding me about this recipe. I'm always looking for ways to use ripe bananas. I couldn't help myself, but I had to peek at Kelly's photos. Lovely! Spring colors are a photographer's delight!

  4. oh man this sounds good, you live in a barn?, how cool

  5. Wonderful photos!It's been so long since I had last ate a hummingbird cake!This brings back so many fond memories.Hope you wont mind but I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your site, just add this little widget here and it's all set to go, Thanks!

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