I feel the earth move under my feet..I feel the sky tumbling down…

Now…..for those of you “oldies” out there…No….I am not going to sing this song by Carole King….

But if you did feel the earth move…….it is because I took this contraption out of the pantry:


Yes, contrary to popular belief…..I do own this beauty..

I bought this when I needed to make gingerbread cookies for my granddaughter. The recipe required using a mixer with a dough hook…so off I went to Williams Sonoma..the most expensive cookies I ever made..but it was worth it!

I took it out to bake a cake!…..A Hummingbird cake..no, I did not have to catch one of those fast flying beauties..

I have been “nagged”, NO…. more like “encouraged” (that’s better) by my friend Linda to do a “foodie post”..she says “everyone does one….especially with tablescapes”…


This is Linda….thought I would make her a famous…..now, I did not get her permission to make her famous….. So what is that saying?……just do it and then ask for forgiveness…..

So here it is…..my “foodie debut”…and what better than to link up my first “foodie post” but with Micheal of

Designs by Gollum….so folks you saw it here first…


Here is my inspiration…..The Hummingbird Cake on the cover of Southern Lady magazine, March/April 2012 Issue
So love this magazine..great recipes, travel and decorating features…


The bunny approves too!


Gathered my ingredients…


Showing pictures to show that I am REALLY DOING THIS!!…



Gathering icing ingredients…


The icing is a whirling…


Hello my lovelies…Now the recipe calls for 3 layers..but I just did two and saved the extra batter to make cupcakes…


So here it is…I want to say that I NAILED IT…but NOT…I can never make anything to look like the picture..
Well, I do have an excuse, I only did 2 layers…next time…

So I decided to take pictures of it in a beautiful setting, so there is distraction from the cake!!!


And here are the cutie cuppies..I thought I would display them on my Rose Chintz plate to make them look more delectable…:) But I think the turtle approves….



Oh..I almost forgot!!…Here is the recipe if anyone is interested!!..


For the cake:

1 1/2 cups of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
6 large eggs
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of whole buttermilk
2 cups of mashed bananas
2 cups of finely chopped pecans
1 (8 1/2 oz can of crushed pineapple, well drained
Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees..Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) cake pans

2. In a large bowl,combine butter, sugar, and vanilla..Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition…

3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture
alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gently stir in bananas, pecans
and pineapple. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted
in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely
on wire racks..

4. Spread Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting evenly between layers and on top and sides of cake.


2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup of finely chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
7 cups of confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, pecans, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg at medium speed with an
electric mixer until creamy…Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.



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  1. Great job, Shirley! I actually have that issue of Southern Lady and have torn out the Hummingbird Cake recipe to give it a try someday. Mine will probably ALL be cupcakes since I have no intention of going for the 3 layers!!!

  2. Linda Miller says

    Thanks for making me famous …or maybe infamous LOL. Remember the time we shared (I think we shared) the hummingbird cake at that little tea room/shop in downtown Leesburg? I so miss those days together. I wish you could ship me a piece of it because I’m sure it’s delish. Great job and I knew you could do it! Your PR consultant, Linda

  3. You are truly a southern lady.

  4. I can be over in a minute to try that cake out for you……………..don’t you need a taste tester???

  5. OMG I am just watering at the mouth. I have had the pleasure (and I do mean pleasure) of eating one of these cakes, but have never made one. I might have to try this for Easter. Your pictures are GORGEOUS by the way. Your photography is getting better and better. Love this post. 🙂

  6. I wish I was sitting on your front porch with a cup of coffee and eating a slice of cake! Especially since tomorrow is my birthday. It looks delicious!

    I just gave you the Versatile Blogger award! Check it out here

    Love your blog Shirley!

  7. When I saw the pecans I knew it would be good! I think your cake looks wonderful, but I bet it tastes even better!

  8. Designs by gollum says

    Shirley, I am thrilled that you joined us at FF. I enjoyed this post so much. I felt like I was right there in your kitchen, and we were talking and having a great time. I have to tell you, I bought my KitchenAid in 1988, and I was scared to death of it. My husband used it to make a vinaigrette. “See, honey?” he said. “It won’t HURT you.” lol It has a place of honor on my counter–still going strong, and it’s 2012. The hummingbird cake looks divine. I love the idea of making cupcakes instead of three layers (mine always slide off, kerplunk). The cupcakes are genius! Hope you have a great weekend! XX00

  9. Oh it looks fabulous and sooooooooooo delicious. I love it. This is such a cute post. It made me think of me trying to make bread, just can’t do it to save my life. I love your mixer and you should use it more often. The cake really does sound and look yummy. Hugs, Marty

  10. Hi Shirley,

    I think your cake turned out great!! I’m impressed because I’m not really fond of baking cakes. My husband’s mother and grandmother always bake cakes, but they’re just not my strong suit. I like to make (and eat) pies. I do love my KitchenAid mixer, though. They’re awesome appliances, aren’t they?

    Your lawn is sooo beautiful — your outdoor pictures always look like a magazine! I think your home looks lovely and inviting. Your cabinets and countertops remind me of my MIL’s. She had her kitchen redone about 5 years ago. Sorry — I seem to have kitchens on the brain at the moment. 🙂

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my Old Salem post, Shirley! I really love Old Salem (and Williamsburg) too. My family is Moravian; but my husband and I go to the Methodist Church.

    I know your family will enjoy your Hummingbird Cake, and I hope you have a great weekend!



  11. That looks amazing!! I could so have a slice of that with a nice big glass of milk! I did my first recipe post today too 🙂

  12. You are one ambitious woman!! Way to go! That would last about 2 minutes in my house full of teenage boys. 🙂
    Bet it was yummy!

  13. Oh WOW Shirley, look at you go. This looks fabulous, so pretty too. Nice job! I am sure she will forgive you for making her famous LOL.

  14. You are hilarious–taking pictures to prove to us that you are actually cooking! I saw that cover of the magazine and couldn’t get past the name. How could I ever eat a little pretty hummingbird? I don’t know where that name comes from, but the cake as you made it looks delicious. I am afraid of the food processor–terrified. Maybe I could work out my issues if I do a post about it. Linda

  15. Shirley~ Your cake looks beautiful on your pedestal next to the geraniums! So smart to do two layers and have batter for cupcakes! I’m chuckling over “the most expensive cookies I ever made”! I can identify~ I have a mixer with a pasta attachment that we’ve used only twice~ talk about expensive pasta 🙂

  16. Katherines Corner says

    Shirley what a wonderful post. Your cake looks terrific and your lovely spring yard is truly a compliment to your cake and not a distraction at all. Love it all. xo

  17. This cake looks amazing! Making me very hungry!

  18. The cake looks delicious. I had to giggle when you said you took the *contraption* out … I don’t take mine out very much … sure is heavy, but what wonderful things you can make when you do take it out! Lovely post … I’m sure the turtle liked the cupcakes! ;D ;D

  19. Great job Shirley! I love Huminbird Cake, I’ve made it before twice for hubby’s birthdays. I also make two layers, don’t have much patients for three, it’s difficult. I love your recipe and the garden around it..thanks for sharing, it sure looks yummy!

  20. Great first “foodie” post! I never get out my Kitchenaid mixer (LOL) and I have the same Longaberger bowl! I’m coming over from Debbie-Doo’s and am now following you on LF!

  21. Hi Shirley, your cake looks delicious! I have always wanted to make a Hummingbird Cake, but I have never attempted to do so. Don’t you just love your KitchenAid mixer? I leave mine out on the counter and use it frequently. Your flowers are so beautiful and your photographs are impressive. Congratulations on getting that first recipe behind you!

  22. Thanks for sharing Shirley. I have a feeling you may be doing more foodie posts now that you see how delightful they have turned out. You had my mouth watering for the second time around.

  23. Oh, just send a piece of that Hummingbird cake to the Evergreen Library! I could eat it now with my coffee! =D

  24. That looks sinfully good! My mom bought a new mixer and gave me her hand-me-down, 1970’s yellow one. This might be worthy of actually pulling it out of the cabinet!

  25. You never said how the cake tasted…was it worth the trouble…was it the best ever or just average…

  26. You are getting into all things bloggy and doing a good job. I had one of those monster mixers and finally gave it away and settled for a hand held which seems to work just fine and not take up as much space. Wish I were there to eat cake with you.

  27. I’ve wanted to buy one of those forever, but I keep talking myself out of it because I know I would use it once and then it would hide in my pantry forever! your recipe looks delicious though!

  28. I think yours turned out just fine. Wish I could taste it. I love that magazine too. I just recently bought their special edition one called Glamourous Rooms. It’s great and I bet you would like it too! Those mixers are worth every penny, btw. I have one and use it alot. I can’t imagine using a hand held mixer anymore. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe too. It would be a great Easter dessert.

  29. LOL! Shirley you are hilarious! I was laughing throughout the post:D Of course you would just go to William Sonoma and buy the most expensive mixer! KA are so worth it though. I LOVE my KA, it’s one of my fave gadgets in the house. I bought it in the vintage teal…KA calls it ice. Probably not surprising that I would get it in that color;) I must admit I’ve never heard of the hummingbird cake. I think I will have to give it a try.. thanks for sharing the recipe! I think yours turned out wonderful;) And your pictures are so beautiful as always… I think they are Southern Lady worthy:D

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