Nothing tastes quite like the South as thick, moist slice of Hummingbird Cake. My Granny Hines has been baking these up in her kitchen for as long as I can remember, and her recipe has won her many an award at family reunion dessert competitions. You can’t say Southerners aren’t a bit competitive, especially when it comes to baking.
Southern Living magazine, the icon of life in the South, says that the recipe for Hummingbird Cake is the most requested recipe in its entire history. That’s pretty impressive for a magazine that is now celebrating its 50th year. There are slight variations in the recipes I’ve seen over the years, but the tropical flavors or pineapple and banana, along with a cream cheese frosting are consistent elements. What I love about my Granny’s recipe are the finely chopped pecans (and that’s PEE-cans) she includes in her cream cheese frosting. They add a lovely texture element to the creamy frosting, and it really seals the deal.
So, here’s my Granny’s delicious recipe. Whip it up for your next dinner party or for a special treat for your family. I took this particular cake to our supper club, and it was a hit! I’ll leave you with a handy printable of the recipe and a picture of my Granny and Granddaddy Hines. This is her favorite picture of the two of them, and I must admit, they make a handsome couple!