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Hummingbird Cake

Serves 20
Time 1 hr 10 min
Dainty as a hummingbird, this delicate cake uses applesauce, canola oil, sugar and lowfat milk. Its crunchy texture from toasted pecans combines with the tropical sweetness of crushed pineapple and bananas to produce a mildly sweet and light finish to any meal.
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract divided
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, with its own juice
  • 2 cups toasted pecans chopped
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lowfat milk
Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.

Combine flour with sugar, salt, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with applesauce, oil, 2 teaspoons of the vanilla and pineapple until well combined. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir well. Fold in pecans and bananas, then transfer batter to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until done when tested in the center with a toothpick. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Put powdered sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Pour glaze over cake and use a rubber spatula to spread it out evenly across the entire top of the cake. Set aside so that glaze hardens slightly, then cut cake into pieces and serve.

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract divided
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, with its own juice
  • 2 cups toasted pecans chopped
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lowfat milk