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Golden Hummingbird Cake
So far we've made duffins for Louise Williams and Carrot Cake for Mat Riley, now it's another of the Great British Bake Off's alumini having the honour of setting the #TwitterBakeAlong challenge. From Howard Middleton comes the gluten-free Golden Hummingbird Cake. Twitter Bake Along is a wonderfully inclusive weekly event organised by The Baking Nanna and Robert Allen. Each week is a different challenge and everyone is encouraged to post what they make, regardless of outcome or experience. This incredibly tropical cake includes beautiful pineapple flowers, or it would had the Gents bothered to read the recipe before bake day and allowed enough time to make them! However, we're always going to tweak a little so...
Now there are many ingredients in this cake, but a very simple method, so it pays to get organised and measure everything out, including chopping your pineapple and pecans as well as separating your eggs. You'll also want to preheat your oven and prepare your sponge tins. Despite owning many different tins of all shapes and sizes, 15cm sandwich pans are not in the Gents arsenal. 20cm pans, reducing the bake time and only going for two tiers will just have to do!
Whisk your sugar and oil before adding egg yolks, peanut butter and, well, just about everything else. In a clean bowl whisk egg whites until stiff then fold into your thick banana and nut batter, taking care not to knock the air out. Divide between your pans and bake until just shrunk and a skewer comes out clean then set aside on wire racks to cool.
For the frosting, combine butter, cream cheese and icing sugar as well as a little lime zest. You can add coconut rum if you like, but the Gents aren't fans and bottle would simply go to waste. Divide your cakes (if you have the height) and spread each layer evenly with your cream cheese frosting.
Decorate with your pineapple flowers (if you made them) or, go tropically crazy with dried pineapple and mango, more fresh passion fruit, a generous sprinkling of lime zest and a few Physalis (Cape Gooseberry).