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Tropical fruit cake

Similar to the famous hummingbird cake, this variation is full of delicious tropical fruit. It's a cake for all occasions, courtesy of the Heart Foundation


  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 225g canned crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut thread


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 23cm round spring form cake tin and line base with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl whisk sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla.
  3. Add banana and pineapple and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add flours, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until it is just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into tin and sprinkle thread coconut on top.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Leave in tin for 15 minutes before turning out.