Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dr. Bird Cake

I've loved this cake for years and years. It's moist and delicious. You may ask, why is it called Dr. Bird Cake? Honestly, I have no clue. It's also sometimes called a Hummingbird Cake. I've read that in Jamaica, a hummingbird is sometimes referred to as a Dr. Bird, apparently because of the way it hovers over a flower which is similar to the way a Doctor tends to a patient. Personally, I think it's a stretch, but who am I to say? What that has to do with this recipe, I'll never know. I've also read that this cake is sometimes called "Granny Cake", apparently an expression in southern kitchens, because every one's Granny would make it whenever there was a special occasion. From what I understand, it's Southern Living's most requested recipe of all time. It's funny how most people have never even heard of it. Clearly, you MUST give it a try.

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups diced bananas
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9" layer pans. Set aside.
Sift together dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix well. Batter will be sticky. Add fruit and stir by hand. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I've seen versions of this cake with pecans or walnuts in it and also coconut on top. Even though that's not how I usually make it, I say go for it. It already has the pineapple and bananas. You might as well go all the way with the tropical theme! Maybe I'll do that next time I make it.
You could bake this in a bundt or tube pan but the baking time will be much longer, like maybe twice as long. I'd check it after about 45 minutes and keep an eye on it.
If using a tube pan, you could just dust it with powdered sugar instead of icing it.

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