Hummingbird Cake

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Serves: 12-14
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3 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 c sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 3/4 cup ripe mashed bananas
1 cup fine chopped pecans or your choice walnuts

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Pat Campbell Recipe
Lightly Salted
pryor, OK (pop. 48,772)
Member Since Jun 2012
Pat's notes for this recipe:
Years ago I worked at Fabricut. It was a place where there were curtains, drapes and bedspreads sewn. Sears, J. C. Penny's and others bought the items.To make a long story shorter, once a week all the ladies would bring a pre-determined dish for lunch. This cake was served at luncheon. It was called Dr. Birds cake. Had to have the recipe, and so happy I did. It has been a family favorite for years.
A not a lot of work recipe, but is very good and very moist.
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Combine first 5 ingredients in large mixing bowl.Add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened, DO NOT BEAT.
Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup fine chopped pecans or walnuts and bananas. Mix well.
Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9 inch round cakepans.( Okay to use large oblong cake pan.) I like at least 2 layers. Delicious either way.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or till toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
1/2 cup softened butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
one 16 oz pkg. powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add pow. sugar, beating till light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Makes enough for one 3 layer cake.
May sprinkle favorite chopped nuts on icing, or place pecan or walnut halves on top of cake.

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user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Aug 4, 2012
You are right this cake has been around a long long time. I've had a Hummingbird Cake for years, it is a very good cake.
user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Aug 4, 2012
The Original Hummingbird Cake Recipe is the one I have:

Originally submitted by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina in our Southern Living February 1978 issue, this Hummingbird Cake recipe is known to have won numerous blue ribbons at county fairs.
user Pat Campbell fillemup - Aug 4, 2012
Thanks for the comments, Cin. I am beginning to think that great minds do run in same channels and have amazingly same taste in cooking. I ran a search in "all recipes" on this site for a Hummingbird cake recipe, and decided that there was not one on site. I thought wow, surely people have heard of this delicious cake, and apparently a lot of people have. I know this cake is delicious enough to win prizes. Have to start supper, dont want to, hot. Better let Boogie Butt in,my Boston Bull, her tongue is probably on the ground.
user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Aug 4, 2012
There are several pages of Hummingbird Cake recipes on JAP. You can go here and more won't hurt =;D.

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