1, 1, 1, 1 Cake

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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1, 1, 1, 1 Cake

  • Author: Reader: Louise Di Trapani
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 cup sr flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Spoon into a lined loaf tin 40 minutes
  3. Bake for 40 min in 160 fan forced or cupcake cases for 15 mins.


This is a sticky type cake.
Variations I’ve used strawberry milk and added some strawberry nesqik. Halve coconut and add 1/2 cup cocoa.
Chop Cherries and add use chocolate milk and cocoa.

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RachPates January 20, 2012 - 8:58 PM

I’ve seen a varient of this recipe on the Simple Savings webpage and it truly is the most versatile recipe. Try these variations I came up with:
Take 1/3C hazelnuts/ almonds/ macadamias, and blitz in the food processor into ground nuts.
But before you add them to your cake mix, give nuts a shake to bring the larger pieces to the top and remove them. Reserve them for sprinkling on top of the cake with some raw sugar just before baking.
Add 2/3C sliced tinned pears. Reduce the milk to 3/4C to allow for the moisture in the pears, or you can give the cake a more intense flavour by replacing the milk with 3/4 cup of the tinned pear juice and 4 teaspoons of milk powder. Add a dash of spice – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves go well with pear (and apple). About 1/2 tsp.

I’ve served this at many “bring a plate” events and it has gone in preference to some very flash and complicated cakes. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked for the recipe. Also works with tinned apricot, peach and apple.

BE&EM January 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM

I’ve been using this recipe for years except mine is a 5 cup cake – adding a cup of diced dried apricots – if I’m feeling fancy I’ll add some flaked almonds on top before baking. Done with grated apple and sultanas too! I have also used plain flour when out of S/R and its great, turns out more like a slice 🙂

Katrina January 28, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Oh, that sounds delicious!

Renate September 17, 2016 - 8:46 PM

1 cup coconut…flakes?

Wendy Paulsen January 23, 2017 - 2:44 PM

You’re recipe asks for 1 cup of coconut. Is that 1 cup of dessicated coconut, or coconut cream? Not sure… Please help?

Deanne Mason February 20, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Hi Katrina, I was wondering if you could please tell me what icing you put on your cake. Where could I find the recipe for it.
Thank you Deanne


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