Hummingbird Cake

Serves 14

Prep Time 45-55 min

Cook Time 60 min


  • 250 ml olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 350 g self-raising flour
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 350 g golden caster sugar
  • 5 cups Creative Gourmet Frozen Banana Chunks (thawed & drained)
  • 2 cups Creative Gourmet Frozen Pineapple Pieces (thawed)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50 g pecans


  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 150 g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 2 limes


  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 50 g pecans or almonds


Preheat the oven to 180°C

Grease and line two 23cm round cake tins.

  1. Sift the flour and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and a large pinch of sea salt.
  2. Mash the bananas with a fork in another bowl.
  3. Drain the pineapple and add to the bananas with the oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined, then fold into the dry mixture until smooth.
  4. Finely chop the pecans and gently fold in, then divide the batter evenly between your prepared tins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until risen, golden and the sponges spring back when touched lightly in the centre.
  5. Run a knife around the edge of the tins, then leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a free-standing electric mixer, add the butter and beat until pale and creamy.
  7. Add the cream cheese, zest of 1 lime and a squeeze of juice, then beat until just smooth – it’s really important not to over-mix it. Keep in the fridge until needed.
  8. To make a brittle topping, place the caster sugar and a ½ tablespoons of water in a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Swirl the pan occasionally until dissolved and lightly golden.
  9. Add the pecans and a pinch of salt, spoon around to coat, and when nicely golden, pour onto a sheet of oiled greaseproof paper to set (check out the how-to video below).
  10. Once cool, use a mortar and pestle to smash up to a dust (you’ll need about half to top the cake – save the rest for sprinkling over ice cream.
  11. To assemble the cake, place one sponge on a cake stand and spread with half the icing. Top with the other sponge, spread over the rest of the icing, then grate over the zest of the remaining lime.

Scatter over the brittle dust and decorate to your liking.

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