When there is a birthday at the hubby’s work, one of the women in his office is the dedicated birthday cake maker.
For one of the recent birthdays, she was unavailable so I was asked to make the birthday cake for D. The cake chosen was one I haven’t made before, being a Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, but it was super simple and went down a treat with everyone, most importantly the birthday girl.
The recipe is from Taste.com.au and consists of flour, oil, brown sugar, banana, pineapple, coconut, walnuts, eggs, cinnamon and ground coriander.
It couldn’t be easier. Preheat the oven and line your cake pan. I used a larger cake pan than recommended so that enough slices could be cut to share around, however a standard square or round cake pan is more than sufficient and will give you a little more height than mine ended up having.
This is a one bowl mix which is started by sifting your flour and spices into a large bowl.
Next, add everything else and stir until thoroughly combined.
You want to make sure you see no more traces of flour and everything is evenly distributed.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Set the cake aside on a rack to cool completely.
For the icing, it is a cream cheese icing. Now, I must be abnormal because I don’t like cream cheese icing as it has thing tang that I find really off-putting. It is the most popular choice for red velvet cupcakes but I much prefer the creamy vanilla frosting I use. Each to their own!
I slightly altered the quantities for the icing as the smallest amount of cream cheese I could buy was 160g (the Philadelphia cream cheese mini tubs) and I didn’t want to waste any. You will also need some icing sugar, butter, vanilla and some more walnuts to garnish.
Allow the butter to soften and then place in the bowl of an electric mixer with the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla then beat until it is nice and smooth. Simple.
Spread the mixture on top of the cake and then sprinkle with the additional walnuts and you’re done!
The cake went down a treat with everyone, and was really quite moist.
Next time I make this I will use a smaller cake pan, or increase the amount of batter for the larger pan so it resembles more of a cake rather than a slice.