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Hummingbird Cake Review

by on May 26, 2008 · 6 comments

Sorry to post about Hummingbird Cake in two places, but I couldn’t review until today. That is, after the cake was cut.

This cake was so good. I went ahead and categorized it as a “Go-To” Cake — one I’d make again for a party or large group. While next time I might decorate it with a bit more flair, the cake itself was delicious and fruity — definitely not overly sweet, in my opinion.

The only thing I did differently was to bake the cake in two 9 inch round metal pans rather than three 9 inch round metal pans. I liked doing it in two layers because there was a higher ratio of cake to frosting in every bite.

I read a lot of different reviews on Southern Living and Allrecipes and noticed people were reducing the oil quite a bit and then complaining that the cake wasn’t as good. I’m sure there are a lot of good low-fat hummingbird cake recipes out there, but if you reduce the oil in a recipe then you’re going to have proportionately more sugar, flour and everything else. It throws the whole cake off. So if you want a lower in fat cake, you might try a lightened version. In fact, here’s a reduced fat humming bird cake recipe from Southern Living. I will definitely be trying this one.

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Published on May 26, 2008

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VeggieGirl May 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

So glad that the cake was a hit!!

bakingblonde May 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I have never had Hummingbird cake! That sounds like a perfect Springtime cake!

Clumbsy Cookie May 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I’ve only knew about this cake not to long ago, I think in one Oprah show. I “wikipedied” it and put it on my never-ending to-do-list, I think I had it booked for 2023 more or less, but now after your review I might have to do it a bit earlier!

Dawn May 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Hi Anna!

Remember when you did that sweet little bit about the cookies from Levain Bakery in NYC?
Well, I just tried the recipe and they actually came out pretty good. Check it out when you can.

Kerry Smith May 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I love your website and wanted to share an easy brownie recipe that was in our local paper and that my family inhaled this evening. They are great and easy. Brownies! Link is below.

Katrina May 26, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Looks Yummy! Anything with bananas is good to me.
It’s been a crazy weekend with company and going out of town AND my beloved laptop dying.
I’ll have to check out the low fat one!

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