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.
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!
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.