Hummingbird Cake

The Cornish Vegan
Hummingbird Cake with one slice cut out, on white plate
Serves Makes one 8-inch layer cake (can be made into 2 or 3 layers)
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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 45 mins
  • Ready time 60 mins

A beautifully sweet, moist cake with flavours of pineapple and banana – just the ticket for a special occasion!

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 400 ml soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 40 ml cider vinegar
  • 400 g self-rising flour
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ a 432 g tin of crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 160 ml rapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the cream cheese icing

  • 125 g vegan cream cheese
  • 25 g vegan margarine (e.g. Vitalite)
  • 75 g vegetable fat (e.g. Trex)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 30-40 ml soy milk
  • 400-500 g icing sugar

Method

To make the cake

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/350°F (320°F fan)/gas mark 4 (gas mark 3 fan). Lightly grease 2 or 3 (8-inch) cake tins and line bottom of tins with parchment paper.

Mix together soy milk and cider vinegar and let sit for approximately 10 minutes while you mix the other ingredients.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Add the milk mixture, rapeseed oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon until just combined. Do not overmix.

Add the drained pineapple, mashed banana and nuts to the cake mixture. Mix just until combined.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tins and bake for approximately 30 minutes (if baking 3 tins) to 45 minutes (if baking 2 tins). Keep checking the cakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick to ensure it comes out clean.

Let the cakes cool in tins on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then remove from the tins to let cool completely before decorating.

To make the icing

With electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, margarine, vegetable fat and vanilla until creamy. Add half the icing sugar and soy milk to the mixture and mix until well blended. Continue to add and mix the remaining icing sugar until you reach the desired consistency for the icing. Add additional milk or icing sugar if required.

This cake is best kept in the refrigerator and will keep for several days. 

Additional notes

Recipe courtesy of The Cornish Vegan

Specialising in vegan ‘comfort’ food, The Cornish Vegan in Truro aims to please vegans and non-vegans alike with its wide range of cakes, cream teas, mains, sides and desserts. Almost everything is made in-house from scratch, including condiments (butter, mayo, ketchup) and the restaurant’s own ‘chickin’ and ‘sausage’.  Those wanting to get a head start on Meat Free Monday should try The Cornish Vegan’s ‘Fish’ and Chips (Banana Blossom ‘fish’ fried in gluten-free cider batter) – a perfect weekend treat!

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