Have you ever heard of Hummingbird Cake?

So we visited this crazy little diner the other night in Mount Pleasant, and they had all sorts of pies and cakes on the dessert menu.  In the list was "hummingbird cake."  I had never heard of such a thing, but upon Googling (which is a natural reflex, like breathing) we discovered that it's a Southern delicacy.

 

No more needed to be said.  Into my groceries this week went pineapple, pecans, and cream cheese.  Plus, it was Valentine's Day yesterday and I realized I could make a cute heart shape on top with the pecans.

 

How was it?  Well, it depends on who you ask. You see, I'm in a mixed marriage. Ted likes fruity, nutty desserts and I like chocolaty things with no nuts and no fruit.  He loved it (and so did Finn), and I acknowledged that it was the pinnacle of fruity nutty excellence, but not my cup of tea.  For me, the best part was the homemade cream cheese frosting, which there was a ton of because it's a three-layer cake.

 

We tried to find out why it's called "hummingbird cake" but there's no real explanation other than the lady who first submitted the recipe to Southern Living in the 70's decided to call it that.  So there you are.

 

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