Spiced hummingbird cake served on a cake stand

Spiced hummingbird cake

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus cooling

Easy

Serves 10-12

This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers

Nutrition and extra info

  • Un-iced sponges only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (12)

  • kcal628
  • fat39g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 225ml vegetable oil, plus extra for the tins
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

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  • 2 cardamom pods, cracked open and seeds finely crushed
  • whole nutmeg, for grating
    Nutmeg

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  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
    Banana

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  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
    Eggs

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  • 150g pineapple chunks, from a can, drained and chopped
  • 80g pecans, finely chopped
    Pecan nuts

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For the icing

  • 200g full-fat soft cheese
  • 150g softened, unsalted butter
    Butter

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  • 80g runny honey
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  • 80g icing sugar
  • 1 large orange, zested
    Orange

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  • edible flowers and dried pineapple rings, to decorate (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Oil two 20cm, loose-bottomed cake tins and line the bottom of each one with baking parchment.

  2. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, and add 1/2 tsp salt and the baking powder. Stir through the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and a very good grating of nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk the mashed bananas through the eggs and oil until well combined. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and tip in the wet mixture. Fold everything together until combined, then mix through the pineapple and pecans. Spoon the mixture into the tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 35-45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for about 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool down completely.

  3. Meanwhile, put the soft cheese, softened butter, honey and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat together until just combined. Try not to overbeat the mixture or it will become too soft and runny. Chill for 30 mins in the fridge before using.

  4. Put one of the cakes on a serving plate and spread with half the icing. Top with the other cake and smooth over the remaining icing. Finish with shavings of orange zest, edible flowers and dried pineapple rings, if you like. Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

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cookingjo
3rd Aug, 2019
3.05
The cake itself worked very well, although next time I may omit the cardamom - I couldn't grind the seeds finely enough, and I'm not sure the cake will suffer from not having them there. The icing did not work - even though the butter was thoroughly softened, it didn't mix in well, and when I chilled it in the fridge, the butter hardened into little lumps, and the icing turned watery.
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