Before I go any further, I know you’re looking at this cake and thinking ‘But I’m trying to diet here! Why are you posting cake in January?!’ Well, number 1: If you’re looking for diet recipes then you’re in the WRONG place. Number 2: This IS my healthy food, people! Just look at this ingredient list – it basically reads like a salad bar! Pecan nuts, smashed banana, pineapple, lime – like I said, healthy food 😉
But let me get serious for a minute (since we’re in the month of dieting and eating plans); I’ve never loved the idea of attaching any form of guilt to food, especially when it’s one of the things we need to stay alive. No matter what, each day, we all need to stop what we’re doing to fuel our bodies to survive. Like breathing and sleeping. And to feel guilty about that? To constantly want to be somebody else’s idea of perfect? To me, that’s not my idea of happiness. There is a reason we are born with tastebuds and why we get so much pleasure out of eating – because eating is one of the best parts about life and depriving yourself of that (if you’re a food-lover like me), is no way to live.
Obviously, I’m not saying you should eat cake every day – I certainly don’t! But I believe it’s all about balance (or at least trying to achieve balance), and if you want a slice of cake, if it’s going to make a crappy day at work better or give you a moment of bliss when things are all getting too much, then I say have it. Eat the cake. I by no means have a perfect body, but I love it – every curve (or bump) is testament to my insane love of baking and if good food makes me happy then bring on the love handles because you know what? My worst nightmare is being hit by a bus and in that moment regretting swopping that decadent slice of cake for a salad. So just eat the cake. Or more specifically, eat THIS cake.
Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe and image originally created for Food and Home Entertaining Magazine
1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil
2 large eggs
4 medium-sized very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
350g (1 ¾ cups) Natura Sugars Golden Caster Sugar
350g (3 cups) self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp (5ml) ground cinnamon
1 x 425g tin crushed pineapple, drained well
50g (1/2 cup) pecans, chopped
FOR THE ICING
400g (3 ½ cups) Natura Sugars Demerara Icing sugar
150g unsalted butter, (at room temperature)
200g full fat cream cheese
zest and juice of 1 limes
Edible flowers, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180°C (conventional). Grease and line two 23cm round cake tins. Whisk together the oil and eggs then add the bananas, vanilla and sugar. Fold in the sifted flour, cinnamon, pineapple and pecan nuts. Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning the cakes out to cool completely. To make the icing, cream the icing sugar and butter until light and fluffy then whip in the cream cheese, zest and juice until just combined. Layer the cakes with the frosting then decorate with edible flowers.