Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hummingbird Cake with Petal Tutorial

Have you ever heard of Hummingbird Cake?
It's a southern recipe.


It is a banana-pineapple-walnut-spice cake with cream cheese frosting.
I also added applesauce in place of most of the oil.
If you like banana bread, you will LOVE this cake!
It is moist, dense and so delicious.

Plus, you get to use some of those over-ripe bananas in your freezer!
(Please tell me that I am not the only one with a plethora of bananas in my freezer...)


Hummingbird Cake

by Bird On A Cake
Ingredients
    Hummingbird Cake
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 8 oz. can crushed pineapple (with juice)
    • 2 cups diced ripe bananas
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Instructions
    Hummingbird Cake
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 8 inch cake pans with wax paper, and grease the sides.
    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add applesauce, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Stir in pineapple, bananas and walnuts. Divide equally into prepared pans.
    Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack.
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Add the sugar a few cups at a time, beating until fluffy.
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    Now I'm going to show you how to decorate it with a petal technique.
    A yummy recipe and a decorating tutorial...it's a Two-fer!

    This design was inspired by My Cake School.
    I think it is my new favorite - so easy and so pretty!

    • Cover your cake with a crumb coat (very thin layer of frosting).
    • Prepare a decorating bag with a large round tip (Wilton #12).
    • Pipe a vertical line of dots on the side of your cake.
    • Use a small spatula to press down on each dot, dragging to the right.
    • Make another line of dots, just to the right of your petals. Repeat.


    For the top of the cake, I did the same technique in circles.
    A spiral would have worked even better.


    FYI, this cake will have a "back side". When you get back to where you started,
    you will have a seam where the petals meet up.


    You should give it a try!


    Enjoy!

    I share my recipes & tutorials at these fun link parties.

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    84 comments:

    1. This is one of my favorite looks for decorating cakes right now. I haven't dared attempt it yet, but yours sure looks perfect!

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    2. Almost too pretty to eat! Only, I've had Hummingbird Cake and it is delicious! Pinning this one!

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    3. This is pretty enough to be a wedding cake!

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    4. Oh my God, looks soooo beautiful and soooo yummy ! I'm thinking about un Cupcake version !

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    5. That frosting technique is gorgeous! I need to give it a try. I've been wanting to try this cake for a while now, too. It sounds delicious!

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    6. Wow! I have never heard of it, but it sounds delicious. And what a gorgeous cake too!

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    7. Simply beautiful... And the flavour must be delicious!
      Is the flower a blue Crossandra? I love it!
      X Aurélie

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    8. your petals are so pretty! this is such a lovely cake-- i'll keep it in my arsenal for mother's day, too!

      could you share this at my new link party? banana bread is one of the most popular recipes on my blog & i think everyone would LOVE this cake! http://www.happyhomeblog.com/weekend-warrior/weekend-warrior-2/

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    9. Wow, the cake looks awesome, and the petals are easier to make than I thought! I don't bake, but I'll eat it :-)

      www.1dogwoof.com

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    10. That is a beautiful cake! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello link up party. I would love to make something so pretty and tasty, thanks for the idea!

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    11. Beautiful cake! Tutorial looks easy to follow, hoping to pull this off! ^_^

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    12. This is so beautiful! I just pinned this, i think I want to make a petal cake for my daughters upcoming birthday. Thanks a million for this gorgeous tutorial!
      Stacia@ http://www.feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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    13. What a beautiful cake!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. The party is still open until Sunday night. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html

      Thanks, Nichi

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    14. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
      http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/08/show-your-stuff-37-sweet-and-sour.html

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    15. Love it! I am going to have to share this one!

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    16. I have waaaaay too many of those bananas in my freezer. Love this cake, sounds delish and it's so super pretty!

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    17. Oh this cake looks awesome!! Beautiful, with a teist with more apple sauce than oil, I'm loving this!! Thank you fr this great recipe and for the tutorial too. Have a great Sunday.
      FABBY

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    18. this cake is amazing! all your cakes are amazing i always look forward to seeing what youve been up to :) keep posting more cakes!!

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    19. You are so talented! Such a pretty cake!

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    20. Wow!, this is a professional stuff.
      Without words, awesome!
      Love from Spain
      Marialuisa

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    21. Very nice!!! Great Job. I know I will try it. Thank you for sharing.

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    22. Looks so beautiful, Robin. I've heard of hummingbird cake but never really knew what went into it. All your cakes are so beautifully decorated.

      -Lisa.
      Sweet 2 Eat Baking

      P.S. I think the last time you visited my blog, you joined with GFC. I've changed servers now so no more GFC. You may need to re-subscribe (sorry) if you're no longer receiving updates. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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    23. Your blog is just delicious, um I mean great! This Hummingbird cake looks amazing!! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up, see you again next Friday!
      Barbara @ Chase the Star

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    24. WOW!! this is beautiful, I love the pattern you've done in the icing, simple yet very effective
      I'd love for you to drop by our linky party and share this with us
      www.live-love-laugh-interiordesign.blogspot.com.au
      xx Hope to see you there

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    25. This cake is so pretty and looks scrumptios!I would love for you to come join my Get Social Party and link up your homepage. You can promote your awesome blog. http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/get-social-sunday_18.html

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    26. Oh my goodness... that is beautiful and looks so yummy. I'd love for you to link up at my party at Doodles & Stitches... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/08/fabulous-friday-link-party-14.html
      Happy Monday!

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    27. I had to click over to see just what a hummingbird cake was! It looks gorgeous and I'm sure it tastes delicious. I love pineapples and bananas so I can't wait to give it a try! Love the petals in the icing. I too host a link party and you are more than welcome to share this and any other posts you'd like! http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/08/gettin-krafty-with-it_20.html

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    28. I don't see Hummingbird Cake to often but it's really delicious. Your cake is beautiful!

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    29. Perfect! So clean and beautiful!

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    30. Absolutely gorgeous! I have to try the technique you used. So pretty. www.thenymelrosefamily.com

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    31. LOVELY! I think I could even do the petals they look so pretty. And the recipe looks fantastic. I will be featuring your cake tomorrow at the party. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    32. Featured you on Facebook today! https://www.facebook.com/chasethestarblog

      Barbara @ Chase the Star

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    33. Beautiful. Yours is much more even than mine...I used the tip of a spoon. Next time I will try the spatula.
      Thanks for sharing!
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/kellysmoonlightphoto/7302705232/
      :)
      Kelly

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    34. Your hummingbird cake looks so delicious! We appreciate you linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party! Please come back again soon! -The Sisters

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    35. I need to try this - it looks so pretty! I've never been really good at decorating. It's kind of embarrassing as my mom is like brilliant at it :P

      Stopping by from Strut Your Stuff

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    36. Confession...I have 2 large ziplock bags full of frozen bananas. It's time I start using more for things like this awesome looking cake!! You did a great job making it looks so easy!!!

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    37. very pretty! How did you finish the back of it? I know you said that there is a seam, but do you have a pic of it. My neice says that she wants to "help" me make a birthday cake for her and she wants this.
      thanks mary
      ladefly@aol dot com

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    38. I can't wait to try this out! For myself though...I'm a sucker for fruity cakes!

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    39. i made this cake for my moms birthday...it was so easy!!!and it turned out beautiful!!!it was a hit!!!

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    40. I would love to see what a picture of the back seam looks like too.

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    41. Wonder if you could use a piece of wax paper to start your first vertical row of petals (half on the wax paper and half on the cake) and then when you get to the end do your final row and slide your wax paper out and somehow set that first row of petals down so there is no seam.

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    42. Can't wait to try this. It looks so good. I love the frosting . Looks so pretty.

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    43. Can't wait to try this. It looks so good. I love the frosting . Looks so pretty.

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    44. Do you think it would be okay without the walnuts? I have never liked sweets with nuts...weird, I know!

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    45. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We're using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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    46. I love Hummingbird cake, so I can't wait to try this recipe! It is so pretty, and looks soooo moist!

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    48. This is SO cool! I absolutely love how the icing looks and the cake itself sounds delicious. I can't wait to (hopefully) impress people at upcoming holiday parties! Thank you!

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    49. Lovely. Thank you.

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    50. Fabulous! Thanks for the decorating tips, too. LOVE the candlewick!

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    52. I love everything about this cake, the flavors, the icing, the decorating...beautiful.

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    53. I'm going to make this for my mom's birthday. I know she is going to love it ! Thanks for sharing it!

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    54. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I used this for my step-daughter's sweet-16 cake with multi-colored frosting. Results are on my blog (I linked your post as well) http://nallotherstuff.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-i-pinterested-glittery-sweet.html
      Thanks again!

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    55. Beautiful cake!!! Bravissima.....
      I will your follower

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    56. I'm going to attempt to frost a cake like this for my mom's birthday. We'll see how this goes over!

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    58. How many cheesse do you use, 18oz or 1/8oz?
      I want to try these receip!! It looks great!!

      Thanks

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    59. You are such a perfectionist! They look so neat & beautiful

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    60. I made this for Mother's Day. HUGE HIT!!! Everyone loved it. I did the petals, but I made the top look like a flower instead of a spiral. I put a bunting banner with skewers on top. It was adorable. Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely be using the icing recipe for other cakes, too. YUM!!

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    61. Bananas and applesauce are both egg replacers, so you don't need the eggs.

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    62. Hi Robin,
      I have made this cake for years, it's everyone's favorite cake for their birthday but just tried this beautiful petal icing, it took me all afternoon but it turned out just beautiful. My bible study group is having a luncheon tomorrow so this will be our dessert and I know they will be so impressed. thanks for sharing.

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    63. So happy I found your blog today.. Your work is so gorgeous, my little one is going to squeal with delight when she sees me re-create your cakes! Thanks so much for sharing and I wish you much success!

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    64. will definitely be using the icing recipe for other cakes, too. YUM!!

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    65. I know I read on here how you made it so there wouldn't be a seam, and now I don't seem to see it. Could you please explain again? I am doing this for my daughter's wedding cake this Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013!! Thanks

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    70. Wow! Can't wait to try my new decorating skills!
      Love your easy-to-follow instructions and pics. I would love for you to pin to my Cooking Tips and Recipes from The REAL COOKS board on Pinterest. Follow me and comment on a pin so I can invite you. Would love for you to share your inspiration if you have time!
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    71. Just tried this technique today and it is gorgeous! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have to ask, where did you get that beautiful cake stand?

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    72. it's looking yummy. Now you can get cakes at your home midnight also via online cake delivery services in Delhi.
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    73. I've seen this done with the largest round tip. Instead of using a spatula to flatten sideways, they just used the tip, with a right movement, to get the same effect. I haven't tried it myself.

      How do you manage to get the columns so straight?

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    74. just found this beautiful cake on pinterest.

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    75. banana-pineapple-walnut-spice cake is cute and yummy. Perfect for Birthday Cake

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    76. Thanks for a great tutorial & frosting recipe! I just tried it & posted about it on my blog (with a link back to yours) here: http://www.raisingmemories.com/2014/03/rainbow-polka-dot-petal-surprise-cake.html

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    77. I am trying the frosting techinique on a birthday cake, hers looks so perfect, so I hope this works!!!!!!

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