Hummingbird cake is a dense, moist Jamaican cake made with bananas, pineapple, pecans, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In the late ’70s, the Jamaican Tourist Board attempted to entice more American vacationers to the island by releasing press kits highlighting classic Jamaican recipes. One of them was a delicious “hummingbird cake”, named in honor of Jamaica’s national bird, the swallow-tailed hummingbird. Or, as it’s known on the island, the doctor bird. A North Carolina cook named Mrs. L.H. Wiggins adapted the recipe by baking it as a layer cake and topping it with cream cheese frosting. Since then, Hummingbird Cake has served as a southern classic. We’ve reimagined it into dream-worthy ice cream carnival of caramelized Caribbean flavors, textures and spices that is both aromatic and irresistible.
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