I'm sooooooo in love with my new Kitchenaid mixer, and my first cake totally justifies the expense of buying it!
As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I am not a great baker. I burn everything or it's not cooked in the middle, there never seems to be any in between. Anyhoo, thinking that I might have a few "experiment cooks" with the new mixer before I actaully make anything decent, I was surprised when the first cake I made was perfect!
Maybe not the most beautiful cake to look at but great on the taste buds. The recipe I found comes from the kitchenaid website http://www.kitchenaid.com.au/au/recipes/item/176-nutty-hummingbird and goes like this:
NUTTY HUMMINGBIRD CAKE
100g Macadamia nuts
3 cups SR flour
1 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1/4 cup cocoanut
1 tsp cinnamon
3 ripe bananas
300g light olive oil or vegetable oil
440g can crushed pineapple
2 tsp vanilla essence
Cream cheese icing:
250g cream cheese at room temp
150g butter at room temp
2 cups icing sugar
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1 - Preheat oven 160 degrees or 140 degrees if your oven is fan forced
2 - Place the nuts on a tray and roast in the oven for 5 minutes
3 - Place all dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and lightly mix for 1 minute. Set ingredients aside.
4 - In your mixer, place bananas and mix/beat for a minute until broken up. Add, eggs, vanilla, oil, pineapple and mix for a further 1-2 minutes before adding the dry mix. Mix all ingredients for a couple minutes.
5 - Tip cake batter into a lined cake tin and cook for approx 1 hour - 1 hour 10 minutes (or until cooked in the middle)
6 - Allow cake to fully cool on a cooling tray before applying the icing.
Cream cheese icing:
1 - Place all the icing ingredients into your mixer and beat for a couple minutes. Sprinkle a little extra cocoanut over the iced cake.
Seriously, even if you don't have a Kitchenaid mixer, you could make this cake if you have a electric beater. This is a lovely dense, moist cake that isn't too sweet. Such a shame that Roge declared he is on a diet as of this week, that means more for me!