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Impossible Cake

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‘Have you tried ‘Impossible Cake’, my daughter asked. Hmmm . . I remember something about ‘Impossible Pie’ which I think was something like a baked custard tart - no pie crust.

It’s called ‘Impossible’ because it’s impossible to muck it up - so my daughter says.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tspn vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Juice and zest of a lemon/orange.


  • Just beat it all up together and pour into a greased dish over some stewed fruit and bake it till it’s golden on top. And lo and behold: you have a very quick and easy hot dessert. Serve with cream, ice-cream or custard - or just as is.
  • Confession Time: I forgot to add any orange or lemon juice and zest . . but it was still delicious. I cooked it over some lightly MW fresh peach slices. And dusted it with icing sugar to make it look ‘more interesting’ - didn’t make much difference, to be honest.
  • In the interests of no one else but myself, I thought I’d Google ‘Impossible Pie’ - and would you believe it? It’s the exact same recipe but not cooked over fruit. You do get a sort of firmness or ‘crust’ forming on the bottom and a nice crunch-layer on top with a custardy-type middle.
  • I recall that we (friends of many years ago around Colbo who shared cups of tea and conversations including ‘What Cheeses Me Off’ sessions) used to cook it in a round pie plate, so it did look more like a custard tart.
  • It makes me think of how many of my recipes are titled with somebody’s name: ‘Judith’s Chocolate Peanut Biscuits’, ‘Anne’s Baked Cheese Cake’, ‘Hazel Balls’ (which were really Rum Balls without the rum), and THIS recipe called ‘Brenda’s Impossible Pie’
  • . . . I even had a recipe for ‘Pat’s So Easy Chocolate Cake that even Aunty Glad Can Make It’. I admit to being the Aunty Glad mentioned in the title. I am no cake cook. Glen

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