Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake- 8 to 10 servings.

2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups canola oil
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup shortening
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
2 teaspoons half and half cream
Chopped walnuts, optional

In a large bowl, beat the bananas, oil, eggs, pineapple and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the shortening, butter, lemon zest and salt until fluffy. Add powdered sugar alternately with pineapple juice. Beat in cream. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts.

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