Apart from the usual birthday cake made of chocolate, this I believe is the best ever, as it appeals to everyone ! Many a recipes have been written on the Hummingbird ( just love that name !) – and I have tried a number of them.. This one after plenty trials and errors has come out tops.
Heat the oven to 170 deg C
In a big bowl mix all the dry ingredients first:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp cinnamon
100 g coconut
1 cup roughly chopped pecan nuts ( I always chuck in a few more!)
Then add the following:
3 beaten eggs
Vanilla extract ( use the Nomu one - it’s the best – about 6 pumps)
1 ½ cups of Canola oil (better for the cholesterol)
1 can crushed pinapple
3 ripe bananas roughly chopped ( not mashed!)
Stir everything evenly together and pour into a round cake tin. Bake for 1 hour. Do the fork check and if clean its done.. if not wait a bit.
While the cake is baking prepare the icing.
2/3 cup soft butter
1 pkt cream cheese
Using a dough mixer beat until smooth.
Grate the rind of 1 lemon and add as well as the juice.
(always find that the lemon taste in icing gives it a lift )
Then add 1 packet of icing sugar and beat until its very smooth.
Its always better to ice a cake once it is totally cold as if you do it earlier the icing drips off and makes a huge mess.