Thursday, July 03, 2008


It's hard to believe that the little guy in the photo is going to be 5 in a couple of weeks. I dug out this photo because Bisous is looking for a cake recipe for her daughter's first birthday. I immediately thought about the Hummingbird Cake recipe, which is what that bunny cake up there is made out of. (I miss the days of bunny cakes. Now it gets more complicated because that little guy in the picture now wants a Lexus birthday cake. How do we manage THAT, other than putting a Matchbox or Hotwheels version of a Lexus on top???)

Here's the recipe:




Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs, and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.
  2. (Do not beat) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
  3. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9" round cake pans. (I used 2 )
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top.
  7. Store in refrigerator.
  8. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed, with an electric mixer until smooth.
  9. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy.
  10. Stir in vanilla.
  11. Yield: 3 cups
Calories - a gazillion

Since the cake was for a one year old, I left out the pecans. The first time I had this cake it was in three layers, but it has the density of a carrot cake, so you really don't need to layer it. I made the bunny head using two round pans, cutting out the two ear part, then using the left over part for the bow-tie. I also used store bought tube decorating frosting and confections to decorate.

Most importantly, he loved it...

Yesterday's song:
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers - John Mellancamp



FV Tom said...

Hmm, that looks awesome!

Time sure flies, doesn't it?

barbie2be said...

how sweet. don't you wish you could just capture them at that age forever?

notsoccer mom makes a bunny cake every year for easter.

i'm guessing wilco this time for the song.

KatieFeldmom said...

LOL at gazillion....I thought birthday cake didn't have any calories cause it's a birthday cake?

Anne said...

That looks yummy. I may just try this recipe.

And I don't know if this was the version/song you were thinking of, but one of my all-time favorites is the instrumental "Hummingbird" by George Winston.

havlow said...

I regards to Katies comments above I believe there is scientific evidence that states you can eat all the cake you want on your birthday and it won't effect you!

Hope you're having a great 4th of July!

Irene said...

No kidding! It seems just like yesterday...

Sometimes I feel that way. He was such a good baby. Now he knows how to *ahem* wrap his grandpa around his fingers and get what he wants...*sigh* Winner!!!

Oops! I forgot the birthday rule!

It was a big hit at the party with the adults, and perfect for a sensitive palate of a one year old. I need to make it again. It is worth the effort. :) Winner!!!

I know! What was I thinking??? Have a good one!