I made my mom this cake Sunday afternoon. A Hummingbird Cake  and it was so good.
This cake is basically healthy. At least in my mind it is.
I mean bananas, pineapple and nuts.
It’s like dieting.
Okay, maybe not so much. Especially with the generous amount of cream cheese frosting I slathered all over it.
When I was a kid I would have skipped cake like this rather than putting something non-chocolate in my mouth.
Yeah, would not have touched it. Or I would have picked out all the nuts. Pecans and pineapple were not on the list of approved foods.
But my mom loves them. So I thought this would be a great cake to make for her.
Chopped and toasted pecans. Yum. I’m glad I can say that now.
The cake is super easy to throw together, too. You don’t even need to break out your mixer for the batter. A spoon will do the trick.
The recipe makes a giant cake. Three 9-inch layers.
Level the cakes with a serrated knife to remove the mounded tops and make for a more even cake and easier to frost.
Here’s something else I use that makes frosting cakes a bit easier for me.
I bought this pottery wheel thing to place my cakes on. It’s awesome. And heavy and spins fast and smooth.
And the nice part is you can easily lift the plate right off the base.
Amaco No. 5 Pottery Decorating Wheel  The metal isn’t polished, so some areas could have a sharp or rough spot.
The removable base makes it easy to hold up in the air and see things at eye level.
I had a plastic turntable meant for cake decorating, but I didn’t like that one so much. This one just feels better in my hands. But that’s probably because it’s on the smaller side. The plate is just 7 inches in diameter, but still worked out perfectly for this 9-inch cake.
Spin and spread.
I tried to go for that whole my cake is so messy that it’s beautiful look.
I think I need to practice more.
But that’s okay. It’s what’s on the inside that counts… And my mom loved it.
Hope you do too.
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 Amaco No. 5 Pottery Decorating Wheel: http://www.amazon.com/Amaco-Decorating-Sculpture-Banding-Turntable/dp/B003IIS1IY/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1368425494&sr=8-7&keywords=amaco+no+5
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