Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Looking for cake recipes that are fresh in flavour and light in texture? Try out this yummy Hummingbird Bundt Cake with a cream cheese glaze. Instead of just making the same cake recipes over and over again, it's always nice to make something new and try out new dessert recipes. Of course, there are the good old cake recipes we all know and love like a classic sponge cake or even an angel food cake. We stick to what we know, and understandably so, it can be daunting to try out new dessert recipes. The great thing is, this hummingbird cake recipe is very easy to make and doesn't require a lot of baking expertise. If you've never heard of hummingbird cake, you might have an idea of what it might be like just from the name. When you think of hummingbirds, you think of the sweet surgery syrup they enjoy drinking when it's put out for them. Or the fruit tree flower nectar that they drink to nourish themselves. So taking all of that into consideration it's easy to imagine this cake recipe as a light and fruity cake which it totally is.

While the exact origins of this cake recipe aren't really known, the cake is thought to have come from Jamaica from the 1960s. Since the cake recipe includes fruits like banana and pineapple, they called it a hummingbird cake because this cake would definitely be sweet enough to attract hummingbirds who love sweet foods. It's also such a cute name too, and if there is anyone in your life that loves hummingbirds then this is the cake for them. Like Sue from The View From Great Island does, you can also add nuts like walnuts to the cake for even more flavour and nutrients. The nuts would balance out the sweet flavours of the cake as well. There are also some hummingbird cake recipes that add edible flowers like pansies to give it a very spring or summertime vibe. Sue also says that this recipe is also a Southern classic and everyone in her area loves this cake. She is sharing this recipe which only requires using one bowl too making it even easier to make. You'll also need a bundt pan as well so if you don't have one, just go to your local home or kitchen supply store and get one you like. Just be sure to prep the pan well before you put the cake batter in it to bake. Even some nonstick bundt pans will have cakes stick to them which can result in a very messy process to remove it from the pan.

Sue recommends spraying the pan with a baking spray that contains flour, or lightly brush the pan with shortening and then lightly dust it with flour. It will still take a little bit of wiggling to remove the cake so just be aware, and don't be discouraged if some of the cake gets stuck in the pan. Just simply scrape it out as best as you can and stick it back onto the cake. The glaze will end up covering up any mistakes. All you need to make this yummy cake is some flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, crushed pineapple, bananas, and chopped walnuts. Then for the cream cheese glaze, all you need is some cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk. You simply put all of the cake ingredients into one bowl and mix them together step by step following Sue's directions. Then pour the batter in the pan and don't fill the pan more than 3/4 full and put it in the oven to bake. Find out all of the steps for this cake recipe over on Sue's website.***

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