I can't remember exactly why I got hooked on the idea of a Hummingbird Cake. But when I found this recipe on Martha Stewart, I printed it out and placed it in my "when I get around to it" file. When a recipe for Hummingbird Cake was featured in the April copy of Food Network Magazine, it was a done deal. This cake was going to have to be made . Besides - I needed to find something other than banana bread to use up those black bananas sitting on my counter.
Funny side note relating to my not-so-latent tendency to not be able to let go of an idea when it gets stuck in my head: A recent "personality" tendency profile I took at work rated me very high on persistence... Also known as stubborn? I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree - or in my case, the apple is so close to the tree that the tree can't even begin to deny that the apple fell off of it. And I think we all know which father tree in the orchard I am talking about.
Apparently, Hummingbird Cake first came on the scene of popular culture in 1978 when a version by one Mrs. Wiggins was published in Southern Living magazine. Some theorize that this cake originated in Jamaica and was adapted to "southern tastes". I just knew that the recipe was simple and offered a break from all of the butter cakes I seem to have been stuck on lately. (And it was simple!).
I used above-linked Martha Stewart recipe, which instructed one to "cut off the tops of the cakes to make even layers"... NOT!!!!! The price for not following directions was a lop-sided cake, but since the cake wasn't leaving the house I could justify being "un-fussy" about it (like I would have been precise anyway). In my defense, I have found that "lopping things off" also tends to leave crumby exposed areas and despite my best attempts at "crumb layers" ultimately results in cake disasters.
Of course, I always am pro-child
labor helpers in the kitchen.
Ok - just so everyone is clear, precision is so not my thing. So to all the perfectionists out there, please accept my apologies for the off-kilter cutting you are about to see...
Here is one of the things I have discovered recently that I love and here's why: