Don’t think for a minute this cake is named for its dainty lightness. Unlike the hummingbird, this cake is a dense, voluptuous beauty — the origins of its name still a mystery. A darling of the Southern baker, Hummingbird cake seems to appear in spring with the flowering of quince, plum and daffodils — the early spring bloomers. As we throw off the mantle of winter, stretch our little muscles, frolic in the sunlight and breathe in the fresh air, celebrate the glory of spring with a cake worthy of the moment.
British chef Jamie Oliver, equally intrigued with the