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Smoky Mountain Hummingbird Cake

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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
1-3/4 cups mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs, buttermilk and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, coconut, raisins, 1 cup pecans, and bananas. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Stir 1/2 cup pecans into Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired, or reserve them to sprinkle over top of frosted cake. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

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I don't know why it's called a hummingbird cake. But this came down in our family from way back in the Cove in the Smokies. The Clouses were Wheelrights there. Pineapples, coconuts & bananas was a rare treat then, so if you were luck to get them, you made this cake. Pecans grew in the yard. Lard was use instead of veg, oil. And a boiled white frost or a sugar glaze was a treat.

That cake sounds so wonderful. I experienced some of your cosntry experiences whiIe I was very young. Moved to L.A. @ 6. I remember My parents and Grandparents killing hogs and my grandmother making sausage, it sure was good. Pat S.

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