Chef Eddy's Hummingbird Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour*
- 2 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large ripe banana
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup oil such as grapeseed, canola or corn
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, drained
- 1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces
- 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) very soft butter
- 2 pounds or 8 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 2 lemons, no white bitter pith
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- You will need three 8 or 9-inch round cake pans. Cut 3 parchment rounds by placing a cake pan on parchment paper. Draw a circle around the bottom edge and cut using scissors. Repeat twice.
- Place a parchment cutout into each cake pan and brush paper and sides with melted butter or spray with baking spray. Sprinkle evenly with flour and shake out excess, set aside.
- Blend and sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
- In a bowl large enough to hold all ingredients smash banana. Add eggs and whisk well. Add oil, vanilla, pineapple and nuts.
- Stir in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scoop and divide evenly into prepared pans.
- Place in oven and bake until center of cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with a finger or an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.
- While oven is still warm place coconut on a cookie sheet and place in oven for just a few minutes until golden and fragrant. Set aside.
- Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes. Turn upside down on parchment paper or paper towels which have been evenly sprinkled with powdered sugar. Allow to cool completely.
- For frosting mix cream cheese and soft butter on low speed* until blended. Add one cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until blended.
- Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and mix on low to medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and zest and mix well.
- Remove parchment paper from one cake round and place cake on a serving platter. Frost surface with approximately 1/3 inch cream cheese frosting.
- Remove parchment paper from second layer and place onto frosted cake round. Frost once again with cream cheese frosting. Remove parchment paper from third layer and place onto frosted cake round.
- Spread an even coat of cream cheese frosting on surface.
- Press toasted coconut on sides of cake. Decorate surface.
*Cream cheese frosting which is mixed on high speed will become runny and too soft to frost.