Hummingbird Cake by Dr Sue Shepherd

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This Hummingbird Cake from Sue Shepherd is so delicious and the icing is superb!


  • 330 g can crushed pineapple
  • 1¼ cups fine rice flour
  • ½ cup soy flour
  • ½ cup potato flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

(or replace above flours and raising agents with 2¼ cups storebought gluten-free self-raising flour)

  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

Passionfruit frosting

  • 30 g dairy-free spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons passionfruit pulp
  • 1½ cups icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 22 cm springform pan and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Drain the canned pineapple, reserving ¼ cup liquid.
  3. Sift the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, xanthan gum, ginger, cinnamon and sugar into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the pineapple, juice, coconut, banana, egg and oil. Mix until well combined with a wooden spoon. Pour into the pan and bake for 40–50 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven when firm to the touch, or a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to sit for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  6. To make the passionfruit frosting, using electric beaters on medium speed beat all ingredients in a bowl. Ice the cake when cooled.


Diabetic Friendly: Alter serving size to 24 serves.  Serve with extra passionfruit pulp


Nutritional Analysis

Per serve (14 serves):  energy 1470 kJ (349 Cal), protein 3.6 g, fat 15.9 g, saturated fat 2.6 g, carbohydrate 49.8 g, sugars 33.2 g, fibre 2.4 g, sodium 42 mg, GI medium

WGF Lactose Free Book 1Recipe taken from Wheat Gluten & Lactose Free Food Book 1 by Dr Sue Shepherd.

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