A Southern style hummingbird cake is perfect for lazy Sundays
It feels crazy that it’s taken me this long to try a hummingbird cake. It’s been on my list forever, and I always have leftover bananas in the house, so I really have no excuse. It’s just been one of those things I put off for another day, but I got this gorgeous Nordicware bundt pan, and I just had to christen it with a brand new recipe. I’m so glad I made it in this pan though, because the cake sprung out of the pan without a single crumb getting stuck, and it was honestly such a “wow” moment I almost didn’t want to decorate it with anything! But cream cheese frosting is my absolute weakness, so of course I caved in, and piped and piped and piped. I love how pretty this looks, and it took basically zero decorating time.
Last year we bought our first house in Australia, a whopping 14 years after we had a house in The States. Houses cost a lot more here, and the deposit, stamp duty, and mortgage insurance is off the charts. You have to pay that thing in one huge chunk! But when we bought this place it was because of the backyard, and this maple tree in particular. I had a bit of a what Jon likes to call, a ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ moment, where I peeked out the kitchen window and saw this glorious tree, and promptly announced that this was definitely our house. We could stop our 4 month search because I had found it!
A couple of weeks ago we took a trip to Sydney and hit up Ikea to get, well nothing in particular. I don’t think anyone goes there and buys on purpose. Things just seem to ‘fall’ into your cart and before you know it you’ve racked up $500! So we grabbed three sets of lights, and then while the girls were at school last week we hit up Bunnings for supplies and scaled the tree to install these gorgeous lights. Jon literally dug a trench for the power, and I climbed as far up the tree I could go (I’m really starting to get too old for this kind of thing lol). The result is a super trashy and cute tree all at the same time. It’s like it’s permanently Christmas, which is awesome, and the neighbours don’t totally hate us for it either.
It’s such a sweet snuggly kind of place out there now. So of course we had to celebrate with cake. I’m not even going to try and come up with a rational reason for why things like this need to be marked with cake, because if you’ve followed me after all these years you’ll know that everything needs cake. Any little excuse will do. So here’s my ‘We put up lights in our giant maple tree because we are a bit strange Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting!’.
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