Monday, September 04, 2006
Carrot, Pineapple, Coconut and Walnut Cake. A genteel moment before we once again Root, Shoot, Marry
Ah, the Ladies Lounge. A quiet corner of an otherwise rowdy public house. A comfortable, tasteful room for ladies of refinement, and perhaps their gentlemen friends. In the Ladies Lounge, they can relax and enjoy a cup of Earl Grey tea and a generous slice of Carrot, Pineapple, Coconut and Walnut Cake, perhaps even eating a second slice before calling for the vodka shooters and getting legless while playing Root, Shoot, Marry.

Pineapple, Carrot, Coconut and Walnut Cake, courtesy of the Favourite Recipes of Rotary Ladies of District 965 recipe book, circa 1986.
2 cups self-raising flour
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup well-drained crushed pineapple (from a tin- we prefer Golden Circle brand)

preheat oven to moderate - 180-200C or 375-400 F and grease a cake tin of about 8-10 inches

Sift flour, salt, bicarb and cinnnamon into a larg bowl. Stir in the sugar (I used caster, ymmv).
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, oil and vanilla essence.
Beat well with a wooden spoon.
Stir in carrots, walnuts, coconut and pineapple

Pour into greased cake tin and bake 45-50 minutes until cooked and a skewer in centre comes out clean (or almost clean, I like the middle just a tiny bit underdone). Leave in the tin 10 minutes after taking it from the oven.

You can ice this cake, and the Rotary Ladies recommend a vanilla cream cheese frosting, but with the cinnamon-y smell drifting all through the Ladies Lounge I never have the patience.

Eat the cake, sip your tea, rub your tummy and move on to the hard liquor.

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Blogger KPB said...

That cake looks SUBLIME.

Blogger Lynne@Oberon said...

Scrumptuous!!! I love those fruity moist cakes .... looks like icecream might go well with it when it's still warm :)

Blogger Suse said...

Ooh delish. Very refeened (as my mum would say). Perfect with a cup of tea and an extended pinky.

I have to say though, those are effing big tradesmen slices you've cut.

Not very refeened of me, eh? Sorry.

Blogger Bec said...

You're focusing on the Father's Day slice at the right, I'm guessing? It pays to be generous with the man who's just done two weeks' worth of ironing for five people!

Blogger Joke said...

Excellent cakeness.


Blogger lazy cow said...

Fab cake. Any recipe that calls for oil instead of butter gets my vote.
I've just stolen my mum's copy of the Country Women's Association cookbook - in all it's typed and photocopied glory - from the 1970's. There are some gems in there.

Blogger nutmeg said...

I've printed this out. Pineapple is always a winner with my husband. He may get a slice if he does my ironing!

Blogger Bec said...

ps - has anyone 'seen' vickee of vickee's world? her blog and profile have disappeared...

Blogger Blue Moon Girl said...

Oooohhh, that looks seriously yummy! I was looking for a good cake to take to a pot luck this week, I might have to try this one!

Blogger MaR said...

It sounds superb! wonderful!! :)

Blogger Bec said...

Plus - this recipe is getting about two hits a day on search engines looking for the carrot, pineapple, coconut, walnut combo - or a variation thereof. I wonder how many versions of this Rotary ladies' cake have been produced around the world by now?

If you are reading this, and you plan to make the cake, I'd love you to leave a comment saying where you are from!

Blogger Robyn said...

Hi there, just stumbled across this recipe and want to thank you for posting it. :)

Blogger Bec said...

Woohoo! It worked! Robyn, you are most welcome!!

I love that so many people land here looking for this recipe. I only dug it out because I had all four main ingredients in my cupboard.

It also tastes divine still warm, with thick (clotted) cream - I served it that way last weekend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from France and I watch in London a cook emission, where there was a recipe similar to that one, but butter instead of oil.
With oil I think it is more moisture, and better also.
Thanks a lot for this classical...

Anonymous Tuxedo said...

Look so delicious like you i love baking.

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