Thursday Traditions: Hummingbird Cake

July 28, 2011

A true Southern specialty, this little known cake (outside of the South, that is) is incredibly delicious! Moist layers filled with pineapple, banana and pecans, held together with salty-sweet cream cheese frosting make for the perfect summer cake! As Amber at Bluebonnet & Brownies writes, "Rumor has it the cake’s name comes from its over-the-top sweetness – so sweet that there’s no way a hummingbird could resist it’s sugary lure." Usually a three-layer cake, this dessert is dressed to impress. High in natural fiber from all of the fresh fruit, nuts and sometimes coconut (yum!) this cake is fundamentally an American treat and a reason to celebrate all on its own. 

Classic Hummingbird Cake
The most gorgeous cake around, this recipe is a must try featuring my all-time favorite coconut!

Art Smith's Signature Hummingbird Cake
The most popular dessert at his restaurant, Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, Chef Art Smith has a version all his own!

Walnut Hummingbird Cake
Amber's adaptation with walnuts instead of pecans for a uniquely Western take.

Sara Foster's Hummingbird Cake
Lovingly adapted by Julie, this cake is only semi-frosted and crusted in toasted pecans - yum!

Hummingbird Cupcakes
With dried pineapple flowers (seen below).

Humming Bird Cupcakes by Courtney
Courtney (Cook Like a Champion)'s amazing Hummingbird Cupcakes with Dried Pineapple Flower - simple, delicious and indescribably gorgeous!