Hummingbird Cake from Tates Bake Shop Cookbook and a Giveaway

I love success stories such as Kathleen King’s from Tate’s Bake Shop in South Hampton. Her fans are legion from Gwyneth, Rachel Ray and Ina Garten, who wrote the forward for the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook.  From tasting the cookies,reading about her and Tate’s, I see Kathleen King is a perfectionist. Her baked goods are Americana, simply. For all the macarons, financiers, and elaborate tortes, there is a simple perfection in American Pastry that cant be rivaled. Tate’s cookies are crisp and buttery , and taste like something I would bake myself. And that’s what won me over.

Thumbing through Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook with a foreword from Ina Garten, I knew I had to make the Hummingbird Cake. I have heard of this cake only recently and was intrigued. A Southern favorite similar to carrot cake , but composed of bananas, pineapple,pecans, and in this particular recipe coconut. It’s a simple,wholesome cake that any banana fan,will love. I took extra liberty and added some rum  to the cream cheese frosting , as these ingredients screamed for it in my opinion.

According to Kathleen…

“All the recipes in this book should take less time to make than it would to go to a store to buy a commercially prepared baked good…”

The Giveaway

I am offering a giveaway for one lucky reader in the United States.Please leave a comment to be eligible.I will chose one winner from a random drawing by Saturday December 4, 2010.

You will have an extra chance of winning if you become a fan of Tate’s on Facebook. Please let me know on your comment here if you did join their Fan Page .

You will receive a gift box of Tate’s Cookies and The Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook.

All of my readers can use this discount  code  “cookie” until December 31 for 15% off any purchase.


Tate’s Bake Shop Hummingbird Cake

adapted from Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook by Kathleen King

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups of very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 8z can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut (Angel Flake can be used if other item is unavailable)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

* I decorated my cake with ground pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease two 9×2 inch cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment.
  3. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon , and salt.
  4. In another large mixing bowl , beat together oil and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. Scrape down the sides.
  6. Add the mashed bananas, pineapple, coconut, and pecans, and vanilla.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add the flour mixture, and scrape down sides to ensure all is mixed well.
  9. Divide the mixture evenly between both cake pans. Fill until almost full, as this cake batter does not rise too much.
  10. Bake cake for 40-45 minuted or until a cake tester or toothpick stuck int eh center comes out clean.
  11. Cool cake in pans for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn them out onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
  13. Ice with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream.


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  1. feather14 says:

    One of my favorite cakes.. Never heard of it until I moved to Virginia which was a few years ago. It has become one of my favs now. What a wonderful giveaway,now off to join the Tate’s facebook pg.

  2. Andrea deSherb says:

    I’ve never made a Hummingbird Cake, but it looks delicious, and I must try to make this for Christmas. I love cookbooks, I collect them…can you have enough cookbooks?….I dont think so. I don’t have a FB account so I can’t comment there.

  3. Becky Catrett says:

    I will be baking this cake for the holidays. I joined the FB page for Tate’s.

  4. Annette Tuttle says:

    The cake looks wonderful. I also jointed the FB page for Tate’s.

  5. bellini says:

    I can’t wait for my package to arrive!!!

  6. Maureen says:

    I have not heard of Hummingbird cake before but it looks delicious. What a great hostess gift on a sweet platter it would be for a carol gathering I am going to later.

  7. Molly says:

    This cake looks wonderful! What an amazing looking Souther treat!

  8. Takes me back a few years to North Carolina when I remember this was a cake made often for get togethers; thanks for the memories and the recipe; I love all of these ingredients!

    Looks like a wonderful book…oh my I’ve gone nuts with new cookbooks lately (maybe Amazon’s free shipping has helped!).

    Looks amazing but I expect no less from you!

  9. Pat says:

    Love me that Hummingbird cake!!!!

  10. Nancy says:

    The Hummingbird Cake recipe looks wonderful and I like the statement from the book ” All the recipes in this book should take less time to make than it would to go to a store to buy a commercially prepared baked good..”

    I’m a fan of Tate’s on facebook as nancy snyder miller.

  11. tiff says:

    That cake looks amazing!

  12. K. Rock says:

    This cake looks good and it’s pretty easy. Maybe a novice baker like mw could give it a shot.

  13. susitravl says:

    My grandma used to make Hummingbird cake all the time and it’s something I really miss at the holidays. Might have to try it this Christmas.

  14. susitravl says:

    Like Tate’s on FB (SusanBenegas)

  15. Terri says:

    OMG! That cake looks so good! What a great giveaway!

  16. Terri says:

    I forgot to mention that I am a fan of Tate’s Bake Shop on facebook

  17. This cake looks beautiful! I love hummingbird cake.

  18. I’d absolutely love to win this one!!! [Have a US address]

  19. Oh wow! I’d love to win this…great giveaway! And that cake sounds amazing…love hummingbird cake!

  20. Totally a fan of Tate’s on FB!

  21. Cee says:

    I hope that I’m not too late! That cake looks AMAZING! Thank you for this giveaway!

  22. Teslaca says:

    Oh, that sounds like a wonderful list of ingredients for a cake. I’ve never had it before but would love to bake it and try it.

  23. Francine says:

    Wow – that cake is making me hungry! Hope I’m not too late for the giveaway.

  24. Anna says:

    I would just love to win this!

  25. ANna says:

    I like Tate’s on Facebook

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