In my house, I believe that all desserts must include at least one form of chocolate. It’s pretty much a rule for me! I consider a dessert without chocolate an utter waste of calories!
However, my husband’s family is not as big of fan as I am. So, when I was deciding on which cake to make for my mother-in-law’s birthday, I had to throw that rule out the window and come up with a yummy ” non-chocolate” cake. The cake I came up with was delicious, and perfect for a summer evening. “Hummingbird Cake”, as it is called, is made with pineapple and banana and has a light flavor that was kind of a mix between a banana nut muffin and a spice cake. My mother-in-law loved it, and I’ll even admit that it was nice to have a little change from a chocolate dessert… Now pass me those chocolate chips!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup milled flax seed
- ¾ can crushed pineapple (in own juice) undrained
- 4-6 ripe bananas mashed
- 1- 8oz container cream cheese
- ⅔ cup butter
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix flour, baking soda, salt, sugars and spices. Mix in eggs one at a time until mixture is crumbly, then add oil and flax seed (flax seed can be omitted and replaced with ¼ cup of oil). Mix batter until smooth.
- Stir in pineapple and mashed banana.
- Pour into 2 greased 12 inch cake pans. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cooked through the center.
- Mix cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until all is blended. Allow to chill in fridge before use.
- When cake and frosting have cooled, frost cakes and top with walnuts.
Leanne Cox is a guest writer for CleverHousewife.com. She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration.