There she is….the Queen

Since 1978 when she first appeared in Southern Living magazine courtesy of Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of North Carolina, HUMMINGBIRD CAKE has enjoyed her title of HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN OF SOUTHERN CAKES.

I ain’t from the South, nor have the Southern twang n lingo. But I finally get a taste of the Queen when she was the featured dessert offering at the Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri) media brunch party. From just one bite, I instantly loved her. She was oh-so-moist, full of chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas, and then filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese icing. So everyone was very pleased and really wanted to get to know her more.

The Silver Dollar City staff included a recipe of the Hummingbird Cake in the press packet. A quick look at the recipe revealed that the oil rather than the usual butter in the recipe makes the cake moist and tender and mixing could even be done by hand. And why is it called Hummingbird Cake? Many versions were published but because hummingbirds (really cute birds I have to say) love to feed on the flower nectars, the cake is really made to be that sugary rich…really rich…as in not-weight-watcher-friendly rich.I love this cake, it is easy and really yummmy, and is always the perfect ending to our Thanksgiving dinner. When I make this cake again next month, I’ll make sure I have my cam ready to capture her overall beauty and “regal poise”. Just a reminder, please please don’t ask me for the calories, I’ll put you on “ignore” (LOL).


You may bake in 2 (9-inch) or 3 (8-inch) round pans.

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup mashed fully-ripe bananas

1 cup canned crushed pineapple, undrained

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Cream cheese frosting:

1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

about 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon banana flavoring (optional)

Garnish with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Pan preparation: Grease, line (with wax/parchment paper) and flour cake pans

Ovening: Preheat oven to 350 F

Mix all cake ingredients using electric mixer or spoon until just moistened and combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.

Prepare cream cheese frosting. Cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar, beat until frosting is smooth, light and fluffy. Stir in flavorings. Frost cake with icing and sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top and sides of cake after frosting.

Got no applesauce? just substitute with equal amount of oil…moist…yummm….will you make this for your thanksgiving centerpiece? (P.S. One mom call this birdseed cake, just so you know. Even cakes have nicknames or aliases, mmm.)

(And go ahead, and drizzle strawberry or caramel-flavored ice cream topping.) 


Isn’t she lovely!

Silver Dollar City hosts Martha Hoy Bohner, Lisa Rau, and Crystal Hedrick…wowed us with a truly splendid Silver Dollar City comfort food sampler, including golden fried chicken (I love K fried chicken, but this one is just 10 x better and crispier)…  

unforgettable harvest skillet and succotash (there was my favorite Okra in it, so OMG!)…,


to die for ribs, omg…..


all these and more…at the SILVER DOLLAR CITY, BRANSON, MISSOURI…see you there soon, ’cause I’m coming back for more!






2 thoughts on “There she is….the Queen

  1. I’ve never attempted to make this cake, I first saw it made on Martha and didn’t pay attention to it bec it has no chocolates hehe..your version looks easy, I’m saving it 🙂 ….and oh, thanks for the tip you left on my blog re pizza sauce 🙂

    • Hi Olive, to me hummingbird cake is a cousin of carrot cake…and who doesn’t like banana cakes. Will post soon my carrot cake recipe. Hope you’ll make it one day too. Lastly, I think am gonna make pizza today with the easy sauce hehe

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