This strangely named cake has been a popular dessert in the south since the 1970. But the origins of the Hummingbird cake’s name are still a mystery.
Luckily, for our amusement, there are several theories. One theory is that the cake is so delicious it makes you hum with happiness while you eat it, while another is that the cake is sweet enough for hummingbirds. Another popular theory is that people hover around the cake exactly the way that hummingbirds will hover around flowers.
Whatever the name, this lightly spiced cake with bits of pineapple and banana, is simply delicious. Traditionally paired with a tangy cream cheese frosting, but is equally great with whipped cream frosting, buttercream frosting or plain.
This recipe makes a spectacular layer cake, either with three or six layers, as a sheet cake to feed a crowd or as cupcakes, ready to celebrate any occasion. You don’t even have to frost this cake for it to be delicious. My family loves to grab plain Hummingbird cupcakes, sprinkled with raw sugar, for a quick sweet on the go.
For cream cheese frosting lovers, try our cream cheese frosting to frost and fill this crowd pleasing cake.
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