Pecan Spice Cake

    1 hour 50 minutes

    This is an old recipe of my grandmothers for a pecan and coconut spice cake. It's great on its own but you can ice it if you want.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) boiling water
    • 1 cup (150g) quick-cooking oats
    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 1 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup (110g) packed dark brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 egg
    • 3/4 cup (70g) flaked coconut
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

    Preparation:50min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20cm square pan. In a medium bowl combine boiling water and oats. Stir, then set aside for 40 minutes. Sift together the flour, bicarb soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together 125g butter, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the oat mixture. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While cake is baking prepare topping.
    4. In a medium bowl cream 3 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 egg and 3 tablespoons milk. Stir in coconut and pecans. Spread over hot cake. Return cake to oven for 10 minutes or until the topping is golden. Cool and cut into squares.

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    This is not meant to be baked in a 9x9 pan, a 9x13 is more like it! Very good flavor!  -  31 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This brings back wonderful memoryies of baking with my grandma when I was young. I don't have her recipe but this is exactly like the one she made right down to the frosting, we must have doubled ther recipe as we always made a 9x13, It is easy, moist,dense and flavorful. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to make it for my family.  -  06 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is an old fashioned cake. When I was growing up we called it "Lazy Dazy Cake". I always double the broiled on frosting ingredients. I'm glad to have found the recipe for this sentimental favorite!  -  24 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)