With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Hummers and Hummingbird Cake

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hummers and Hummingbird Cake

We haven't been seeing the usual number of butterflies this year but there are lots of hummingbirds!
It doesn't matter if I look out to the front porch, the side door or the kitchen windows, I can usually see a hummer or two. It has been an exciting season for hummer spotting.
I had been wanting to bake a recipe found on the Duncan Hines website for some time not because it reminded me of hummers but because it has some of my favorite ingredients like pineapple, maraschino cherries, banana and pecans.
As it baked, the cake filled the house with an amazingly wonderful aroma!
It is a simple cake that begins with a box mix.  A few additions and you have a very tasty and moist dessert.
It doesn't call for or need a frosting but I added a confectioners sugar glaze because it looks finished and prettier with one.

Hummingbird Cake
Duncan Hines


  • 1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • reserved pineapple juice plus water equal to 1 cup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 medium-size ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped Maraschino cherries
  • confectioner's sugar
Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt® or tube pan
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, pineapple, 1 cup juice and water mixture, eggs and cinnamon in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened. Beat a medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in banana, pecans and cherries. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake at 350°F 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 25 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Linking to Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum


Anonymous said...

Many years ago, I discovered a recipe similar to this in our church's cookbook. It was so moist and wonderful! Your hummer photos are so nice. We have had just a handful of butterflies and a few hummers....plenty of bees, though! Mrs. M. Lane

podso said...

I like the name of the delicious-looking cake! Your pictures are the best!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I make a delicious hummer from scratch and it's 3 layers. I'm all about a cake mix and bundt pan, so I can hardly wait to give this one a try. It along with your hums look delicious!

Olga said...

Hello Lorraine,
I really like your photo mosaic with the hummingbirds. Such beautiful captures. And the cake looks so delicious.
I love how your posts are always so colorful, so cheerful and full of life.

Petra said...

Dear Lorraine!

You pictures are so beautiful and relaxing. Thanks so much for sharing them. I always love visiting your blog. It is like a therapy for me. :) Petra

Julie Harward said...

I am so enjoying my little hummers this year, I fill my feeder everyday! I stood on the step stool the other day as I hung the feeder up and they all came right up to me, fluffing my hair and staring me right in the eye. I even named our new car, The Little Hummer! I think I need a hummer cake to go with it! :D

Petra said...

Haha, I thought I had commented already! That was an awesome trip! Anyway, I love your hummingbird photos and that cakes looks yummy!!


Petra said...

Oops! That 'cake' looks yummy!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

For some reason, I'm not seeing as many hummingbirds here as I usually do - maybe they're all there :)

What a delicious looking cake!

Ann said...

I've only spotted 2 humming birds this year and it was a very short sighting.
That cake sounds so good.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is my daughter-in-law's favorite cake! She has it for her birthday every year :)

I never see hummingbirds in NY, but when I travel I am always excited to see them, so much so that I started a collection of hummingbird items :)

A Kitchen Witch said...

Ooh, I love this cake. It's one of those that reminds me of the South, like Mississippi Mud and Cola Cake. Thanks for reminding me of it!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Thank you for sharing this simpified recipe of "Hummingbird Cake". I remember my good friend's favorite cake recipe was the more extensive recipe of the same cake. This works for me and I look forward to trying it. Your hummingbird pictures are most impressive!

Purabi Naha said...

I have heard so much about hummingbird cake earlier (but never tasted it) and now with your stepwise instructions, it is really doable! Thanks!!


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