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Hummingbird Cake


Rumor has it, this crowd-pleasing cake got its name because every bite makes you hum with delight.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 2032


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  • jldroush
    19 JUN, 2018
    All of the people who had issues I think didn't read the recipe correctly. The recipe calls for SELF RISING flour, which already has salt and baking powder in it. I followed the recipe and it turned out well.
  • MS10067235
    5 NOV, 2013
    need to remove this recipe page! You have two for this recipe. THIS one does not have the soda or salt. So, while leery - I still made it. Needless to say, wasted ingredients. (Left out the pecans just in case. Still, not happy!!!
    • pammathis2959
      1 JAN, 2018
      I made this stupid cake did everything just the way it says and it didn't work waisted all my ingredients wow that sucks
  • kristiez
    22 APR, 2017
    I was also confused by the two different recipes and would recommend you delete one, or maybe add coconut as a optional ingredient? I noticed the self rising flour which seems like many people miss so if you went with a conventional flour recipe I think more people would like the cake. It's really good and a shame so many people had difficulty. In the frosting recipe I omitted the vanilla (kept the milk) and used pineapple juice left over from making the cake. It gave the frosting just a hint of pineapple which I thought tasted good.
  • thenolagirl
    16 JAN, 2016
    OMG!!!! I made this cake today, it's DELICIOUS!!!!!!!
  • Alibamy
    11 NOV, 2013
    Any good cook knows, that self rising flour allready has the baking soda, salt, and baking powder included, so know need to add this, and allways taste your cake before serving to a crowd, especially if its the first one that you have ever made
  • B Wilson
    10 AUG, 2013
    So disappointed. Made this previously using the Simply recipe and it was a show stopper. Where is the baking soda?? I was irrevocably embarrassed in front of foreign diplomats and fear this will reflect negatively on America the Beautiful.
  • Lori2009
    4 APR, 2013
    Excellent cake. So easy to make and very delicious. The recipe clearly calls for self-rising flour, so if you follow the recipe, will get great results. Your guests will love it!!!!
  • MS12430349
    31 MAR, 2013
    Very disappointed. Just made this for Easter, they forgot to list baking soda - cake didn'traise. Costly and timely mistake.
  • grissypop
    25 NOV, 2011
    So good!!!!!!! Followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect! Everyone loved it at Thanksgiving!
  • MS12394960
    16 JUN, 2011
    I LOVE this recipe! It's a definite keeper! This cake is so moist and flavorful and it was a big hit at our family gathering. I had lots of requests for the recipe.

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