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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
The decadent, fruity dessert is very popular in the southern states of the USA especially. But, did you know that it has its origins on the island of Jamaica? The first recipe was included in a press kit from Jamaica to the US to encourage tourists to visit the island.
The cake took on a life of its own, and not long after, variations of the cake began popping up across the United States.
The cake is made from, bananas, pineapples, orange flavourings and the optional guava jelly. In the United States though, the guava jelly is swapped for cream cheese frosting and pecans. But I’ll be sharing the Jamaican version with you. It is a little less fanfare than the American version but I guarantee, its simplicity does not take away from its delectable taste.
The cake was named for our National Bird, The Hummingbird or as we call it locally, the “doctor bird”. No, there are no birds in the cake. It is called Hummingbird cake because it is believed to be just as sweet as the nectar that Hummingbirds drink.
The banana flavour is really pronounced in the cake, however, the pineapples add moisture and a slight tang to the cake that works well with the nutmeg and other spices as well.
Yes, it is best to keep the cake refrigerated after a day or two as the recipe includes fruit. So now that you know all about the Hummingbird Cake, it’s time to make one of our own!
The recommended serving size is whatever makes you content. Happy eating.
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