Kind of a cross between a carrot cake and banana bread with a cream cheese frosting.

By Chef John
May 14, 2021
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I've been getting requests for Hummingbird Cake for many, many years, but like all the other cake requests I get, they were pushed aside for other food wishes I found more enticing, since, as you may know, I'm not a "cake guy." And, I'm still not officially a "cake guy," but I'm definitely a Hummingbird Cake guy, as this was one of the most delicious things I've ever baked.

I shouldn't be too surprised, since I love carrot cake, and banana bread, which is sort of what you're getting here. By the way, if you did want me to like a cake, finishing it with a cream cheese frosting would be a great strategy, and boy, does it work well here. Ironically, the only Hummingbird Cake I ever remember eating in a restaurant wasn't frosted, but rather served with vanilla ice cream, which was okay, but not nearly as satisfying.

I went with two layers, but feel free to do three if you want, which is more traditional. The only major difference is that your layers will bake faster than my thicker ones, so start testing early, and remember…skewer don't lie. But whether you do two or three layers, or, God forbid, do a different frosting, I really do hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!

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Chef John's Hummingbird Cake
Chef John's Hummingbird Cake
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