Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Hummingbird bakery cake


I believe anyone can cook.

I get very frustrated when I hear people say they can’t cook. Often the problem is they don’t have recipe books or the right equipment.

Take my nieces as an example. Whenever I look after them, I always do a cooking session. In our last session we made a Pavlova ,a lemon curd and Oreo brownies.

2011 Jan 22 taya jade

As a child I loved to bake. Luckily even though my mum wasn’t into cooking, she had all the essential equipment necessary. She had an entire collection of Good Cooking bound magazines. I used to spend hours flicking through them, choosing recipes to make.

I even badly burnt my hand after doing such a cooking session, when I left some fat on the cooker. It went up in flames and I moved it to the sink and it splashed all over my right hand.

I had to spend weeks having it dressed daily at the Doctors and I had to learn to write with my left hand for school. But it still never put me off cooking.

19983-0Now those girls above were inspired to bake after our session. I said, look how easy this was to do. But it turns out my sister has only one of those pre 1950’s rotary handwisks. You know the type that you turn for hours and nothing much happens apart from you are bloody knackered and your arm feels like it’s going to fall off.

I watch open mouthed the TV programme “Come dine with me”. I see people attempting to make a pavlova with a small, plastic jug and a handwisk !! Why make work difficult for yourself. No wonder they say cooking's not for them. The right tools make it a doddle.

What do you consider your essential tools for cooking ?

Now, I am going to give you one of my most favourite cake recipes. The cake is to die for. Probably for its calories alone. I have an Aga range oven and cakes can be a bit tricky to master.  It has no temperature controls, so it can be a bit hit and miss. But this cake has worked every time. Its delicious and super easy. Even for someone who claims they can’t bake. It’s a cake I shall be making for my Tea Party. It looks very grand on a cake stand.

Now for my family I have to make two versions, as some of them HATE nuts in cakes. I also leave out the pineapple chunks as I don’t eat fruit, and everyone agreed they didn’t like them in the original version I made. But I have included the recipe as it is, in the fantastic original      “the hummingbird bakery cookbook”

the HummingBird Bakery Cupcake

Hummingbird Cake

300g caster sugar

3 eggs

300ml sunflower oil

270g mashed bananas ( about 3 )

I tsp. ground cinnamon

300g plain four

1tsp bicarb of soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

100g tinned pineapple,chopped into small pieces  (yuk !!)

100g shelled pecan nuts chopped (plus extra for decoration)


Preheat oven to 170c (325F) Gas 3 or Aga-mid shelf in baking oven

Bung the eggs, sugar, oil, bananas and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Slowly add the flour, bicarb, salt and vanilla. Beat until everything is mixed.

Stir in the pineapple ( yuk) and pecans by hand .

pour the mixture into three 20cm cake tins ( or make a two tiered and a batch of nut free cupcakes as I do) smooth with a palette knife and VOILA, easy peasy.

Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until the sponge bounces back when touched.

All you need to add once they have cooled on a rack is some cream cheese frosting.



Anyone interested in the cream cheese frosting recipe ?…………..


scrappyjacky said...

I totally agree with you about the cooking.....I also have that book, but haven't tried that cake yet...I think you've inspired me to give it a go!!!

Jinnag said...

Oh that cake is so lush! and I love the photos of the girls baking! J x

Scrappi Sandi said...

OMG...I am going to be excommunicated from WeightWatchers after this tea party, I can see!!!! Although I didn't get a look in with the last batch of chocolate fudge muffins I baked...Saturday afternoon there were 18....when I got in from work on Sunday...just TWO!!! 16 gone between three people in a little over 24hours!! Still, I guess that means they were good!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe. I love this cake and my sister won't give me her recipe for it. I'll have to try to make it this weekend.


Michelle said...

I love the photos. I bake with my kids quite often! I have Paula Deen's recipe for Hummingbird cake. I was actually thinking of making it for Easter Sunday.

Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds delicious - got 2 questions though - I'm assuming the vanilla is 1/4 tsp but what is castor sugar? But, I think this is going to have to wait till I'm a bit further along at Weight Watchers.

alexa said...

That looks delicious! Though I'd probably not add the icing ... Love the photo of the whisk - gosh, that's all we had when I was a child!

Colleen said...

That cake looks soooo good! My sister and I always baked as kids, especially at Christmas! Now, I bake with my boys too!

kym said...

we had one of those whisks when we were children..your sister may have an amazing kitchen but her baking equipment needs looking at !!!!! I'v just been given "CAKE DAYS" by the hummingbird bakery its really good if you have'nt got it already it's worth buying there's so many new recipes xx


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