Yuck Or Yum???

Baking By soldiernurse Updated 2 Sep 2013 , 3:59pm by soldiernurse

soldiernurse Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 6:06pm
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I want to try fruit in my cakes but I don't know how it would "feel" in your mouth with cake. Does that make sense? I really want to try bits of banana. Does anyone have a good banana recipe?

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kakeladi Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 6:18pm
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I recently made a banana spice cake but used over ripe mashed banana, then used sliced banana in custard as the filling.  Does that help? :)

As for tastes, remember everyone has different taste buds.  What you might call sweet I might find dull.  Some people like very spicy food whereas I can't stand even 'medium' salsa :)  So if it tastes good to you &/or your family then it's good! :)

cakeyouverymuch Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 7:30pm
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A couple of weeks back I read on here about something called "hummingbird cake". 

 

Since I tend to the macabre my first thought was "hmmmm, wonder how they catch the little beggars and how many does one need for a cake?" 

 

Then I got serious and did the Google.  After reading a few different hummingbird cake recipes I found one that was very similar to my tried and trusted carrot cake recipe that calls for crushed pineapple, so (long story short). I took my carrot cake recipe, subbed the carrots with sliced bananas and the walnuts (which I never add to the carrot cake) with chopped pecans.  I baked it as two 6s, one 7 and one 8.  It turned out better than good though the next time I'll slice the bananas a little thinner or maybe cut them in half before slicing.  Reason: one of the sixes fell badly at the end because there was too much banana concentrated at the center of the pan.  It left the center of that layer fallen and mushy but still delish taste wise.  Other than that it was excellent and with a little tweaking I wouldn't be afraid to use it with a fondant covering or maybe with a maple filling and frosting.

 

 

 

No hummingbirds were harmed in the production of the aforementioned cake, nor in the production of this message

MimiFix Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 9:25pm
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch 

A couple of weeks back I read on here about something called "hummingbird cake". 

 

Since I tend to the macabre my first thought was "hmmmm, wonder how they catch the little beggars and how many does one need for a cake?" 

 

You have to trap them with nectar (4 parts water to 1 part sugar). But they don't go in the cake, they just do a fly by.

 

 

No hummingbirds were harmed in the production of the aforementioned cake, nor in the production of this message

cakeyouverymuch Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 9:52pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 

 

You have to trap them with nectar (4 parts water to 1 part sugar). But they don't go in the cake, they just do a fly by.

 

 

No hummingbirds were harmed in the production of the aforementioned cake, nor in the production of this message

 

I've wound up with six feeders this summer and I'll have to get another six for next summer because the little critters can't seem to share.  The males fight the other males, the males ward off the other males' females, the females fight among themselves and won't let other females' little ones feed.  Its a constant barrage of humming and chirping all day long.  A friend of mine was over and we were sitting out on the deck.  Her hair has red highlights. . . guess what happened?  lol  and she's not too crazy about birds to start with. . .

MimiFix Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 11:29pm
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I'm jealous - we love hummingbirds! We only have one feeder but our garden provides them with much nourishment...

 

Hummingbird Cake is a classic southern U.S. cake. It's typically a banana cake with pineapple, pecans, cinnamon, and a cream cheese icing.  

cakeyouverymuch Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 12:33am
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I'm jealous - we love hummingbirds! We only have one feeder but our garden provides them with much nourishment...

 

Hummingbird Cake is a classic southern U.S. cake. It's typically a banana cake with pineapple, pecans, cinnamon, and a cream cheese icing.  

 

I'd never had hummingbirds till we moved here.  I never realized how aggressive they could be.  With them and the goldfinches all summer, and the purple finches and grosbeaks all winter Phantom cat (strictly an indoorsie) is mightily entertained.  She thinks we placed the windows just for her convenience--kitty TV.

 

I'm hoping I can get away with calling my cake a hummingbird cake.  It does have the banana, pineapple and pecans.  I'm not big on cinnamon, and I'm getting tired of the cream cheese icing.  It seems every other cake I make lately calls for cream cheese icing.  Carrot cke and pumpkin cake seem to be the most popular flavors around here.  If I can't legitimately call it hummingbird cake, I'm going to call it tropical cake and serve it up with a pina colada frosting. 

soldiernurse Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 12:51am
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ALol!!! You guys are soo funny!!! I wish I was that witty!!! Gonna try the hummingbird cake...it sounds so delicious!!

MimiFix Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 2:04am
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch 

I'm hoping I can get away with calling my cake a hummingbird cake.  It does have the banana, pineapple and pecans.  I'm not big on cinnamon, and I'm getting tired of the cream cheese icing.  It seems every other cake I make lately calls for cream cheese icing.  Carrot cke and pumpkin cake seem to be the most popular flavors around here.  If I can't legitimately call it hummingbird cake, I'm going to call it tropical cake and serve it up with a pina colada frosting. 

 

Bananas, pineapple, and pecans qualifies your cake as Hummingbird. Your Pina Colada icing sounds like a good flavor complement. There's no standard of identity for this product, so you have creative license. My book, Home Baking for Profit, has a Hummingbird Coffeecake recipe. I added coconut and a streusel topping (instead of cream cheese icing). We're all allowed creative license. icon_wink.gif

BatterUpCake Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 2:10am
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we had a hummingbird stuck in our barn once. It was 10' up and looked so small we thought it was some huge weird bee. My boyfriend caught it. I just couldn't believe how tiny it was. But they are feisty!

LizzieAylett Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 10:39am
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I also heard about hummingbird cakes on here a wee while ago so found a recipe in the recipe section to try.  It is now my husband's favourite kind of cake!  He asked that I make one for him to take into the office for his 4th anniversary working there, and it was incredibly popular.  I've had to declare a break from it, though, or else he would have had me baking them all the time :-)
 

DeliciousDesserts Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 11:41am
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AI respectfully disagree. Hummingbird is absolutely a distinctive flavor. No self respecting southerner would ever put anything out cream cheese frosting on either hummingbird or red velvet cake. Otherwise it becomes a different cake.

That may even be why the alternative recipe was called hummingbird coffee cake not Hummingbirs cake.

Now, that combination does sound delicious! I also like the potential tropical name.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 11:43am
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ANow that sounded a bit high & mighty. I didn't mean it to.

What I mean is that, here in Charleston, people would not be happy with me selling them hummingbird cake without spice & cream cheese frosting. I would get calls saying what the heck was that?!

MimiFix Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 12:46pm
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DeliciousDesserts, I know what you mean about customary foods and customers. But we (cakeyouverymuch and mimifix) are northerners so we can exercise greater leeway than you can. icon_twisted.gif

BatterUpCake Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 12:54pm
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Darned Yankees....(j/k I was born in Ohio)

cakefat Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 12:55pm
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Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts 

I respectfully disagree. Hummingbird is absolutely a distinctive flavor. No self respecting southerner would ever put anything out cream cheese frosting on either hummingbird or red velvet cake. Otherwise it becomes a different cake.

That may even be why the alternative recipe was called hummingbird coffee cake not Hummingbirs cake.

Now, that combination does sound delicious! I also like the potential tropical name.

 

True!

soldiernurse Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 11:41pm
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AOk, so I've decided to make 6 different layers of cake for my daughter's wedding cake..6 in : red velvet, 9 in: key lime/orange dreamsickle, 12 in: chocolate mud, 16 in: WASC/hummingbird...weird???? Torted and filled.

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