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Tropical Treat Cake

I found this recipe in the Robin Hood Baking Festival cookbook although I did change it up a bit. 
It is a moist and flavourful cake much the same texture as a carrot cake, that is great for lunches. 
It really doesn't need a frosting but you could dress it up for company 
with a cream cheese icing or a dusting of icing sugar.
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup sultana raisins washed
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or soured milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cut unpeeled orange into pieces, removing seeds. 
  2. Combine orange, banana and raisins in food processor and chop fairly fine.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and eggs on high speed until light and creamy.
  5. Add fruit mixture.
  6. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk and vanilla, mixing lightly after each addition.
  7. Spread batter evenly in a greased 9 inch square pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. This cake freezes very well.


  1. Oh I am always looking for another luncheon cake to pack on weekdays. This looks real good. AND...bonus...I love, absolutely love anise!

  2. sounds like it would be really moist... thank you.

  3. his looks so delicious!!! Thank you for sharing.

  4. This sounds like just the right cake to make right where we are! With bananas trees right in the yard . . . oranges in the fruit stands .. . and all plain ingredients, is good!!!

  5. Sounds very yummy. I must say I love icing, but I'm sure it is perfect plain as well. Kathy

  6. I know I would like this looks delicious.