Throwback Thursday – Tropical Cake

As Summer is creeping up on us (the weather we’ve had this past week makes it feel like it’s already here!), a lot of summer fruits are making their way into our basket.  This week I bought some wonderful looking passionfruit – my first for the season, and it seemed there was no better time to make this Tropical Cake from the McAlpins recipe book.

To date, I have followed the recipes from this book to the letter, resisting the urge to tweak with additional ingredients.  I admit to caving with this cake by adding two of my favourite ingredients – vanilla and coconut, because really you can’t go wrong with these two great flavours?  Let me know what you think!

 

Tropical Cake

 

8 oz self raising flour

pinch of salt

4 oz butter or margarine

6 oz castor sugar

2 eggs

2 passionfruit

1 banana

3 tablespoons of milk

My additions:

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons coconut

 

  • Sift flour and salt
  • Cream butter and sugar, beat eggs in gradually
  • Mix in sifted ingredients alternately with milk
  • Lastly mix in pulp of the passionfruit and banana
  • Turn into a greased tin lined on bottom with paper (I used a 20cm round tin)
  • Bake in a moderate oven 40 – 50 minutes (I baked mine for 35 mins in a 170 degree fan forced oven
  • When cold ice with passionfruit icing and decorate with pieces of cherry

 

Passionfruit Icing

  • Boil the skins of the passionfruit in just a little water for a few minutes. Use some of this liquid to mix the icing sugar and you will get a pale pink icing flavoured with passionfruit

* Sift 4oz icing sugar into a bowl and add liquid gradually (approx 1 tablespoon) to make it the consistency required.

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