Doctor Bird Cake

The name for this cake was borrowed from the hummingbird symbol of Air Jamaica.

3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 cups diced ripe bananas
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix dry ingredients. Add bananas to dry ingredients along with oil, vanilla extract, eggs and crushed pineapple with juice. Stir, but do not beat. Pour into greased 9-inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Set aside to cool on a rack without removing from pan. Remove from pan when completely cool.