If you have never tried Hummingbird Cake, you are in for a treat! First let me assure you that despite its name there are no birds of any kind in this cake! But its said that it was named for one. The cake supposedly was first created in Jamaica maybe in the late '60's and apparently was first named "Doctor Bird Cake" after a variety of Jamaican hummingbird called the red-Billed Streamertail. The way the bird probed flowers with it's long beak reminded people of a doctor inspecting a patient. It is believed that this cake was sweet enough to attract hummingbirds and the sttreaks of banana was also resembled the bird's plumage. And so "The Doctor Bird Cake" began.
The Hummingbird cake is a bit different from other cakes in that it's made with oil instead of butter and because it contains more fruit than flour. The no-beat batter usually contains nuts and spices and is scrumptious with cream cheese frosting. Packed with banana and pineapple this cake may indeed be sweet enough to attract hummingbirds.
In February 1978, Southern Living Magazine published what is believed to be the first recipe submitted by Mrs. L H Wiggin. But enough history, lets bake a cake! This version was found on myrecipes.com
First we need to gather our ingredients
This is just a picture I thought you might enjoy. Its a very old chopper that was handed down to me.
Mix the first 5 ingredients
Add the oil and eggs
Stir until all is moistened
Stir in the nuts and fruit
Pour into 3 prepared cake pans. I only had 2 of the size I needed so I improvised, lol.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Begin making the frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter together.
Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and add vanilla
Once the cake layers are cool frost with the cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle the top with chopped pecans.
Now just serve and enjoy!