cooking All White Celebratory Coconut Cake
July 16, 2012
I made this recently for an anniversary. The snowy-looking icing makes it look rather like a wedding cake, without the fuss. I think it’s a pretty good alternative to fruit cake if you’re not a fan or Christmas cake for that matter. I am a bit obsessed with coconut, so any excuse…
I couldn’t seem to find many decent recipes on the web, so I made this up, and it came out lovely.
I toyed with the idea of adding fruit or another flavour, like honey, but actually I think the nice thing about coconut is its subtle but unique flavour, and I don’t think you want a distraction from that.
You will need:
- 175g butter, softened
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 200g self raising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 can of coconut milk
- 50g desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut cream
- 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
Like any sponge, make sure the butter is nice and soft, and cream it with the sugar and coconut cream, until fully whipped and pale, you can’t overbeat at this stage, so give it all you’ve got, it makes for a lighter sponge.
Add the beaten egg a little at a time and a little coconut milk. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the rest of the coconut milk, dried coconut, yoghurt. It should be a light batter with a dropping consistency.
Pour into two sandwich tins, or one large one and bake at 180 for about half an hour, or springy to the touch and golden.
You can use two sandwich tins, but I think baking in one deep tin keeps the sponge moister, and you can just cut it in half.
For the frosting, whip together some cream cheese or marscarpone, icing sugar, reduced coconut milk and fresh cream, scatter with toasted coconut.
I used a mixture of dry coconut, small standard desiccated coconut and the larger flakes for the top.
These models aren’t made from icing, they are actually Fimo, which is an oven-baked modelling clay, a bit like play-dough. The beauty of this is that you can sit the figures on a shelf after the cake’s been devoured, so they are more sculptures than mere cake toppers. A post will follow shortly.