Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

Ok, so my blog has been quiet for a while, that’s because I was away on holidays in beautiful (and hot) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a fantastically luxurious trip, and I came back with all sorts of food and drink inspiration. Oh, and a ring on my finger :)

So I’m kind of cheating here by not putting up an original recipe. But these photos are all mine.

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

This is one of my most favourite cakes to make. It eats like a decadent banana bread / carrot cake, but there are no carrots. I first made this recipe out of Jamie Oliver’s cookbook I received last Christmas, Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food. And boy is it comforting. It's sticky and sweet with pineapple, banana, lime zest and cream cheese icing. Plus I’m a sucker for anything that looks good decorated in edible flowers.

I made this one for my future mother in law’s birthday. And I had to make it twice. Not that we needed to eat that much cake, but that when I first made it, it was late at night after a long work day, and I failed to carefully read the recipe. I even had the audacity to say this recipe was “idiot-proof.” Turns out I ate my words as I ended up being the idiot. Instead of greasing and lining the baking pans, I only greased them, leaving me with two caked-on cakes that were beyond impossible to remove from the pans. So this meant an early morning trip to the store, and a remake the morning of the party – this time with greased, and parchment lined pans. Lesson learned: carefully read the instructions, don’t attempt a baking project at 11:30 p.m. after a long work day, and NEVER EVER say any sort of baking is idiot-proof. Baking is difficult and precise and I have the ultimate respect for all bakers!

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

I did make two changes to this cake. One, I halved the amount of sugar in the icing, because I lake a tangy cream cheese icing, and two, I omitted the brittle, because I was just plain lazy.

This is an adorable and tasty cake, that I think would make a perfect ‘breakfast cake’ you know, one you eat on a Sunday morning, in your jammies with some good strong coffee. I also think it could be cute done in cupcake tins or in a bundt cake mold.

As usual, thanks Jamie for this delicious creation.

To make this cake please click here to be taken to Jamie Oliver's site.

Or pick up a copy of Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food. A great book full of tasty creations.

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake
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