Hawaiian Tea Cake
Cookbook Used: Cakes
Author: Country Women’s Association
I haven’t really done much baking since Hamsley and I moved in together. This is due to the fact that, there is only two of us and I don’t want to fatten us up. Also mainly because of my crap oven! After a few months of getting to know it, I now know why my three batches of macarons failed. The temperature is fifty degrees hotter at the top than the bottom. NOW I’m cooking things towards the bottom… so far so good. I’ll let you know how I go as I intend on baking more again! My aunty who has been cooking with a similar oven told me for 25+ years she has been cooking by sight and not by time. I took this advice and tried making this delicious sounding tea cake.
Miss A had raved about the Country Women’s Association books, and when I saw the cake book on sale at a discount book stand, I snagged myself a copy. Miss A had made the malteser cake and said it was delicious, so I thought I’d try the Hawaiian tea cake. I love pineapple, and all I had to do was whip open a can from the pantry!
The cake mix seemed really dry, so I added more milk and some pineapple juice, to a consistency I was happy with.
I used my family as the taste testers, although I warned them it might not be very good due to my oven. Luckily it was a success. I ideally would have served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The pineapple and cinnamon together made a delicious combination, and I’ll be making this one again.
Hawaiian Tea Cake
Lindy Cleeland, Orielton Branch, Tasmania (from the Country Women’s Association)1/4 cup softened butter 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg, well beaten 1 cup self-raising flour pinch of salt 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup well-drained pineappletopping 2 teaspoons butter 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Grease a 20cm sandwich tin.
2. Cream butter and sugar, then gradually add the egg. Sift flour and salt and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.
3. Spread mixture in prepared tin and arrange pineapple on top.
4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. When cooked, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with the combined cinnamon and sugar.