March 22, 2016 • FOOD, RECIPE

An Easter Recipe for Hummingbird Cake


A Hummingbird Cake was the perfect accessory for our Wedgewood Striped Organza Dress in Powder Blue.

“Filled with bananas, pineapples, coconuts, and pecans, Hummingbird Cake is the perfect Easter indulgence,” says stylist Katie Jacobs, who served this traditional Southern dessert at the Easter party she recently planned in Nashville.

Find the recipe here:

Serves 12

Ingredients for Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pound (16 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
2 pounds confectioners sugar, sifted

Directions for Cake

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour two 4×6-inch round cake pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat oil, vanilla, and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix together banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to egg mixture; stir until well combined. Add flour mixture; blend well.

Divide batter between pans. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes.

Transfer pans to a wire rack. Once cooled, invert cakes onto racks; re-invert, top side up. Cool completely. While cake is cooling, make frosting.

Directions for Frosting

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add butter, beating until incorporated. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately.

To assemble cake, place layer on serving platter. Using an offset spatula, spread top of layer with ¼-inch of frosting. Top with untrimmed layer and repeat frosting until all four layers are stacked. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining frosting.

Special thanks to: Amy Cherry for photography

Click here to see how Katie created a speckled effect on the outside of the cake.

Click here to see more of the Easter egg hunt and treat-filled party.

Click here to learn how party guests styled Draper James for Easter.