Southern Hummingbird Cake

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A super moist spice cake infused with bananas, pineapples, and pecans.

Recently on Facebook, I asked my viewers to tell me what their favorite southern desserts were. I got  a lot of request for the most mentioned dessert was Red Velvet Cake, but one person mention a dessert that I haven’t had , nor heard of in a long time…. Southern Hummingbird Cake!

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Hummingbird Cake is one of those southern desserts that everyone expects to be available during the holidays, and other special occasions.  This cake has been known to be  the cause of a riot, if there isn’t enough to go around. So plan ahead of time, and make sure everyone gets their fix! ( this cake should feed 12 people… the keyword was SHOULD….. yall know some people are greedy!)

What is Southern Hummingbird Cake? 

If you never had a hummingbird cake, just imagine it being a super moist carrot cake, without carrots, but bananas instead. Not completely sold yet? How about this – Hummingbird cake is like a spiced banana cake. The cake not only has bananas, but it also has crushed pineapples and pecans ( some people use walnuts). The bananas in the cake not only work to flavor the cake, but it also makes the cake extremely moist, and fluffy. This cake is topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting, and can be made as a sheet cake, layered cake, or even cupcakes!

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Tips for making an amazing Southern Hummingbird Cake

  • Make sure that the bananas that you use are super ripe. You can not achieve the same taste with regular “new” bananas. The aren’t as sweet, and don’t give the cake the rich signature flavor that it’s known for.
  • Make sure you crush or grind up the pecan. Nothing is worse than biting into a piece of cake with a huge nut in it ….(‘;’)……
  • Before you make this cake, make sure that all of the ingredients are at room temperature(eggs, buttermilk, butter..)!
  • Use the same Cream Cheese Frosting that I used for my Carrot Cake recipe, just double it – because we’re making a three layer hummingbird cake
  • Be sure to not over mix the cake. Over mixing can make the cake a little dry (even though this cake is probably one of the most moist cakes that you will ever have!)
  • Take your time! Don’t rush while making this cake. Let the cakes cool and sit before frosting.
  • If you don’t like pecans, you can leave them out
  •  I don’t recommend making any changes to this recipe. If you change the recipe, it’s at your own risk booboo! ;-P

 

So no that we have the basics down, let get in the kitchen and bake ourselves a cake!

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Ingredients

3 cups self rising flour

3 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

5 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

3 very ripe bananas, pureed

2/3 cup crush pineapple

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

2 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Make sure that all of the ingredients are at room temperature.
  2. The first thing we need to do is, place our butter and shortening into a large mixing bowl and mix.
  3. Now pour in the granulated sugar, into the mixing bowl and cream the ingredients together.
  4. Add in the eggs, followed by the vanilla extract, then mix the ingredients until they are well combined.
  5. Add in the banana puree, pecans, and the pineapple, then fold in.
  6. In a separate bowl combine the sifted flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  7. Now alternate adding the dry ingredients, and the buttermilk into the wet ingredients, while using a handheld mixture on medium speed.
  8. You will need three 9 inch cake pans. Spray each pan with baking spray, then fill 2/3 of the way.
  9. Bake each cake for 30 minutes on 350 F.
  10. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them sit for 15 minutes, before removing them from the pan.
  11. Next, remove the cakes from the pan and let the cakes cool completely on the cooling racks.
  12. Double my recipe for the cream cheese frosting( check my carrot cake recipe)
  13. Layer, and frost the cake ( watch my video).
  14. Let the cake stand for at least one hour before cutting into.
  15. Enjoy!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/how-to-make-a-old-fashioned-southern-hummingbird-cake-like-your-grandma/

Reindeer Corn Recipe

When I was a kid I used to love making cookies for Santa.  Now that I’m a parent, I make sure that my son and I not only make Santa treats, but we make the Reindeers a treat too! Why? Just think about it. Those cute little reindeers put in a lot of work too. They deserve a treat! Wouldn’t you want a reward after hauling a hefty man around the world all night? I know I would! LOL!!!

This reindeer corn recipe is not only delicious, but it’s so easy and fun to make with the kids. My son loves these things, and more than likely your babies will love them too! Try them out.

Reindeer Corn Recipe

Ingredients

4 cups popped popcorn

5 cups marshmallows

6 tbsp butter

2 tbsp colored sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the butter in a pan and melt it over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows, and let the marshmallows melt down.
  3. Once the marshmallows melt, remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Place the popcorn into a large bowl, then pour the marshmallow/butter mixture over the popcorn.
  5. Use a kitchen utensil to fold in the ingredients.
  6. Scoop out the popcorn mixture in ball shapes, and set it out on wax paper.
  7. Sprinkle on the colored sugar, and enjoy!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/reindeer-corn-recipe/

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Turkey Gravy Recipe

Hi friends! Here is my Super Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe!  Keep in mind that the turkey dripping and broth that I used for this recipe was from a 10 turkey that was stuffed with onions and lemons. I thought I’d share that with you because a lot of people don’t usually get 4 1/2 cups of broth/drippings from their turkeys. Sometime they get 2 cups, and maybe 3 if they’re lucky. The lemons and onions ADD juice to the turkey, therefore I always have a lot of broth after I roast my turkeys. The particular recipe I used for this turkey was my Cajun and Herb Turkey recipe. There were plenty of seasonings used, therefore I didn’t have to add salt and pepper to my gravy. If you use a different recipe for your turkey you may have to season your gravy..

 

Also if you DON’T get enough broth from your turkey feel free to use turkey broth or chicken broth! Those will work just fine!

Turkey Gravy Recipe

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups turkey broth/drippings

1/4 all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. I started off by straining the turkey drippings/ broth.
  2. Next I skimmed about 1/2 cup of the turkey fat from the turkey broth( This broth was from my cajun and herb turkey)
  3. I placed the turkey fat in a pan, and placed the pan over medium high heat.
  4. Once the fat is nice and hot, sprinkle in your all purpose flour a tbsp at a time.
  5. Whisk continuously!
  6. Once all of the flour is in the pan, slowly pour in the turkey broth. Make sure you whisk while you pour in the broth.
  7. Turn the heat down to low, and let the gravy simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Be sure to whisk or stir periodically to make sure nothing lumps or sticks at the bottom!
  9. Serve of turkey, and mashed potatoes.
  10. Enjoy!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/turkey-gravy-recipe/

Smothered Turkey Wings

Hi friends! Here is a quick and easy recipe to use for the holidays if you don’t want to make a whole turkey! It’s simply delicious and it’s also beginner friendly. You don’t have to worry about any brining, stuffing, or homemade gravy with this turkey dish. This recipe is PERFECT for smaller crowds, and for those of you that have a lot of other recipes to dabble with. Check it out!

Smothered Turkey Wings

Ingredients

3 large Turkey Wings

1 tbsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp seasoning salt

1 tbsp salt free seasoning

1 tsp garlic salt

3 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, cut into rings

1 cup water

11 oz can of CONDENSED cream of chicken soup

( you can also use cream of celery OR cream of mushroom!)

Instructions

  1. Rinse and Pat dry your turkey wings.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil on to the turkey, then rub all over the turkey.
  3. Season the turkey wings with the ALL of the seasoning call for in the recipe, and be sure to season BOTH sides of the turkey!
  4. Place the turkey in a roaster pan(preferable), or a baking dish.
  5. Place the onions on top of the turkey.
  6. Pour 2 cups of water in the roaster pan/baking dish, the cover the turkey with a lid, foil.
  7. Bake the turkey wings on 350 F, for 35 minutes.
  8. Once the 35 minutes are up, remove the turkey from the oven.
  9. There will be a lot of broth at the bottom of the pan/dish.
  10. Place ALL of the broth from the turkey dish into a large bowl.
  11. Add the can of cream of chicken soup to the broth, and mix until everything is well incorporated( It is okay if there are a few lump in the broth/soup mix. Once we cook with it, the lumps will dissolve!).
  12. At this time the turkey should be in the roaster/dish.
  13. Pour the broth/soup mixture over the turkey.
  14. Cover the turkey with the lid or foil, and bake on 350 F for another 30 minutes.
  15. Once the turkey is done, Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
  16. Enjoy!
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