It’s only spring but we’re already getting our first taste of summer – juicy golden pineapples, luscious mangoes and sweet and tangy passionfruits.
A recipe which combines all of these summer flavours is this irresistible Hummingbird Cake.
Penguin Books sent me a review copy of the Country Women’s Association Classics cookbook a while ago which I’m still in the process of cooking through and reviewing (so look out for the review soon!). This Hummingbird Cake is one of over 400 fabulously easy and honest recipes featured in the book.

King of fruit - pineapple

I substituted canned pineapple for fresh pineapple, thanks to a delivery from the King Of Fruit team, direct from Queensland!
If you look beyond my clumsy cake decorating skills, you’ll see a super delectable cake that is moist and flavourful. The mashed bananas and sweet pineapples develop into a caramel-like taste that pairs so well with the cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Cake
Recipe adapted from (Noela Macleod, Essendon Branch, VIC) Country Women’s Association Classics
Serves 12 – 16

Ingredients
540g plain flour
400g caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 large ripe bananas, chopped
80g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
275g fresh pineapple, roughly blended
Frosting
50g softened butter
⅓ cup sour cream
375g softened cream cheese
180g icing sugar
lemon zest, to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Topping
1 large banana, sliced and tossed in lemon juice
¼ pineapple, peeled and cut unto decorative wedges
½ mango peeled and sliced
1 passionfruit
Method
Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line the base of a 25cm round cake tin.
To make the cake, sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, stir in the eggs and oil and combine well. Mix in the vanilla essence, chopped bananas, pecans and pineapple.
Pour batter into prepared cake tin and bake for 1¼ hours. Allow cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
To make the frosting, cream the butter, sour cream and cream cheese until fluffy. Add sifted icing sugar and mix gently to combine. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Refrigerate until ready to use. (Allow 10 minutes for frosting to soften to room temperature before spreading onto the cake.)
When cake is cool, cut in half horizontally. Spread the bottom half with a layer of cream-cheese frosting about 1cm thick, then top with sliced banana. Place the other half of the cake on top and spread remaining frosting over cake surface. Decorate with the remaining fresh fruit and serve.

Hummingbird cake

JENIUS sampled fresh King Of Fruit pineapples with thanks to Tropical Pines

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • What a gorgeous cake! One of my favourites, thanks for sharing!

  • Oooh love the sour cream in the icing. What fab cake. Those CWA ladies mean business haha with good reason to be fair!

  • This is the second time today I have seen hummingbird cake on a blog. I think I need to try it.

  • Yum! Turned out really well!

  • Jen

    Oh I don’t know about gorgeous, but it was sure delicious!

  • Jen

    Love love love that cookbook. It’s so wonderful that we’re able to access all these recipes!

  • Jen

    Hummingbird cakes are the best. They’re so sweet and decadent. You should definitely try it!

  • Jen

    Thanks Vicki! I need to really practice my cake decorating skills! A bit too sloppy this time :-\