Hummingbird cake has got to be one of my favourite cakes. The combination of oil, banana and pineapple make it so moist, and the creaminess from the coconut and the cream cheese icing makes the whole thing just luscious. The recipe is by my favourite chef, Jamie Oliver. The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is and for such little effort, you can create something so beautiful and delicious. One bite of the cake and icing together with the added sprinkle of pecan brittle, there is no way you will not fall in love with this sweet beauty.
I made this for myself really…Mothers Day in the UK was coming up as well as the season of spring…well, sort of spring, if you call it that?…I decided that the hummingbird cake would be fitting to celebrate both occasions, with its pretty, cheery and tropical disposition.
Being that it was not Mothers Day in our home town in Australia and obviously our mums would not be celebrating UK Mothers Day, this cake still made me think of them and our sunny, tropical, humid Australian weather. A thought of pure bliss after 6 months of typical UK winter. I thought about how much I would have loved to share a slice with my mum and mother-in-law and my beautiful girl friends I haven’t seen in 6 months of living in the UK. There were moments eating this cake that I missed them terribly.
Living in a house full of boys, whom are indoors more than they would like to be, I thought the perfect compromise could be that we would spend the morning at the ‘tractor park’ in the little village to us and indulge in some cake. The boys love the park and the village community have placed an old tractor in the middle of it for the local kids to climb all over and pretend to drive. Give them all the climbing equipment and swings, and the best fun is still had jumping all over the tractor.
Being all about boys, all the time, my only wish on mothers day was to take my cake down to the park and sit somewhat ‘civilly’ as a family and enjoy it together. Whilst the civil part never works out quite as we plan, we all devoured our slices, whilst making some lovely memories. Traditionally, my boys usually eat the icing off a cake first and often leave the cake behind. Not this time, as each of them licked their plates clean!
Anyway, enough babbling, I hope all you wonderful mothers have a blessed Mothers Day, where ever you are in the world. If you’re keen to try out the cake,HERE is the recipe. Enjoy!
Much Love. xxx