Hummingbird Cake.

This fruity, spice Hummingbird Cake topped with cream cheese and toasted pecans will become your new favorite Southern dessert.

I’m one of those people that grew up with at pile-high stack of Southern Living magazines on our living room coffee table. This spice cake laced with moist pineapple and banana is a true Southern gem, first appearing in Southern Living in 1978. The origin of its name isn’t quite clear, but its been said it has to do with its sweet and fruity flavor, something that nectar-loving hummingbirds would be sure to enjoy. Reminiscent of a tropical vacation, it makes the perfect summer dessert. The addition of decadent cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans make it even more irresistible.

There are so many variations you can make to this recipe. Some like to add a little shredded coconut. Others add a pinch more spice. Some recipes even call for self-rising flour. But to me, you can’t go wrong with the classic combo of bananas and pineapple and because we do a pretty heavy rotation of homage to Southern recipes over here I just couldn’t leave this one out.

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Hummingbird Cake

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This cake will be the star of the show with its moist layers topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans.

ingredients:

For the Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained 
  • 2 cups chopped ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Vegetable shortening
For the Frosting
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkg. powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted

instructions:

How to cook Hummingbird Cake

  1. For the Cake:
  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and toasted pecans.
  3. Divide batter evenly among 3 well-greased  and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven  25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. For the Frosting: 
  6. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in vanilla extract. Increase speed, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Assemble Cake: 
  8. Place  the first cake layer on a serving platter; spread top with 1 cup of the frosting. Top with second layer, and spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with third layer, and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange pecans on top of the cake to your liking.
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Hummingbird Cake by heirloomed
hummingbird cake by heirloomed

We just love to enjoy Hummingbird cake for dessert in my house. I would love to know if you make Hummingbird cake any special way. Let me know in the comments below.


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Low Country Boil.

This one-pot dish is loaded with smoked sausage, plump shrimp, summer corn, and tender potatoes. Try it for your next get-together.

Originating in the beautiful South Carolina Low Country, this seafood dish is a combination of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. A seafood boil is also tied to Louisiana, often with more spice and crawfish, while the further east coast variety may tend to be a bit milder and involve more shrimp. I love a good Low Country Boil because it is so easy for a big crowd of people, and makes a great beach vacation dinner with a fresh catch right off the boat.

A spread of Low Country Boil is typically served right on top of a layer of the local newspaper with a side of cocktail sauce if you please. It is also great with a little melted butter and hot sauce.

Whatever sauce you choose, keep in mind that this recipe can be a bit messy — I stand by using newspaper to line the tables and for you to go with the freshest seafood option you can get.

Low Country Boil by heirloomed
Low Country Boil by heirloomed

Low Country Boil

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Try this simple and delicious one-pot meal originating from the South Carolina coast.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shrimp and crab boil seasoning (such as Old Bay)
  • 4 pounds medium red potatoes
  • 2 1/2 pounds cured, smoked pork sausage links, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 8 ears of corn, cut in half
  • 4 pounds medium shrimp

instructions:

How to cook Low Country Boil

How to cook Low Country Boil
  1. Fill a 7-gallon stockpot halfway with water (or use 2 large pots and divide the ingredients between them). Add the seasoning and bring to a rolling boil. Add the whole potatoes to the pot. Allow the water to return to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add the sausage. Bring the water back to a boil and cook 15 minutes. Add the corn, bring the water back to a boil and cook 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are done.
  2. Add the shrimp, bring the water back to a boil and cook until the shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Drain through a colander; discard the liquid. Serve.
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Low Country Boil is just the most classic family style meal. I would love to know anything special you add to your country boil. Let me know in the comments below!


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