Happy Hummingbird Cake
Say hi to the happy hummingbird cake! It has banana and pineapple and saucy little pecans, and this makes it half-the-way nutritious as far as I'm concerned! I first saw this recipe on Jamie Oliver's website and have adapted it to make it gluten free and a bit more healthy. For me, the icing transforms this cake into a transcendent bliss but you can easily give this a miss if you want to behave! Best served on it's own in all it's resplendent glory and with the biggest smile you can find! BB xxxxx
1 1/2 cups gluten free self-raising flour
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup golden caster sugar
4 medium-sized very ripe bananas
2 cups of pineapple chunks
2 large free-range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup coconut or olive oil
2 cups organic icing sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, (at room temperature)
2 cups cream or ricotta cheese
The Bondi Baker Method
Step 1- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and grease and line two 23cm round cake tins.
Step 2- Sift the flour and cinnamon into a mixing bowl, then add the sugar. Peel the bananas and mash them up with a fork in another bowl. Drain and finely chop the pineapple and add to the bananas with the oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined, then fold into the dry mixture until smooth.
Step 3- Finely chop the pecans and fold in, then divide the batter evenly between your prepared tins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until risen, golden and the sponges spring back when touched lightly in the centre. Run a knife around the edge of the tins, then leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Step 4- Meanwhile, to make the icing, sift the icing sugar and add the butter and beat until pale and creamy. Add the cream cheese, the juice of the passionfruit, then beat until just smooth. Keep in the fridge until needed.
Step 5- To assemble the cake, place one layer on a cake stand and spread with half the icing. Top with the other layer, spread over the rest of the icing, then grate over the zest of the remaining lime. I cover the whole cake but you can just fill the middle if you like depending on how virtuous you feel!!!