This Hummingbird Sheet cake tastes like bananas and cinnamon and subtle pineapple all wrapped up in a moist and so very delicious cake. With the cream cheese icing it’s a show stopper!
Baking inspired by a book.
Ever since I read Sarah Addison Allen’s book ‘The Girl Who Chased The Moon‘, I have wanted to make a Hummingbird Cake. I am a big fan of this author’s writing…her books are easy and magical reads that always leave me wanting more. But this particular book stuck with me because of all of the cake talk. Let me explain…one of the characters in this book, Julia, bakes cakes as a way to communicate how she feels, and I was drawn to this. I really love the idea that your emotions are translated into the cooking and baking you do. Sometimes I find that my most flavourful and enjoyed recipes are the ones I’ve made when I’m in a really good mood. But mostly I could identify with the idea of baking as a way to communicate. In certain circumstances, baking certainly is a way to capture the heart of someone dear to you. I know I can relate to that…food and all the baking and cooking that comes with it is definitely my love language. When I make something for my family I do it from a place of love…it’s how I show my family love. And I love to do it, especially baking desserts. Make any sense? I’m rambling. But nonetheless, I loved this book and now I’ve finally made the cake I’ve been dreaming of since I first read it.
Why is it called Hummingbird Cake?
First the name…Hummingbird Cake? Who wouldn’t want to eat something with such a fantastic name as that? There’s no real explanation as to why it’s called Hummingbird Cake, which is kind of a bummer because I’d really like to know why it has such a whimsical name. But what is known about this cake is that it was originally submitted by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina to the February 1978 issue of Southern Living, and it won several blue ribbons at county fairs. Don’t you just love recipes with history behind them. That’s my fave.
Sheet Cakes are SO easy!
I decided to make this recipe as a sheet cake because honestly, I didn’t feel like making a tiered cake. (I haven’t mastered the art of a perfect tier cake, and sheet cakes are easy, and easy is good!). This is quite a big cake so you could definitely make it for a special occasion where you’re going to be serving up to 10 people. And it is full of many flavours that most people love! Winner winner hummingbird cake winner. 😉
I hope you try this recipe…it’s too delicious not to!Print
Recipe from Sarah Addison Allen
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Have a delicious day!