Another day – another cake

There are a LOT of birthdays in my office in June.

Three in a week and all just before payday (the 14th) – how inconsiderate is that?!

Today’s was Mike and as Mike loves coconut just about as much as I do, it had to be a coconut cake:

The best coconut cake I’ve had was one from Harry Eastwood’s book but as I made him that one last year, I wanted something different.

Thinking of the hazelnut cake I made last week, I suddenly wondered if something like that would work. But I found out, looking in the cupboard, that *gasp* I’d run out of dessicated coconut. But my ransack did find this…

So I used it instead :-)

Coconut dream cake with coconut icing:

225g coconut milk powder*

150g caster sugar

4 eggs, separated

1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line two loose-bottomed sandwich tins.

*I’m sure dessicated coconut would work too. If you use that, I’d grind it a bit finer first, in a mill or food processor, to make it more powdery than shred-y.

Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl to stiff peaks. In a separate bowl, whisk yolks and sugar till they’re pale and creamy. Fold the whites in three goes into the yolks, then fold in the coconut and baking powder. Divide between the two tins, level the tops and bake for 20 minutes, until the cakes are starting to come away from the edges. Leave to cool in the tins.

When they were cool, I spread raspberry jam on one and made icing by whisking together 4tbsp coconut cream with 6tbsp icing sugar. I used about 2/3 – 3/4 of this to fill it, then added another 2-3 tbsp icing sugar, to make a firmer icing, and a splash of lime juice, for a bit more flavour, and spread it on top:

I didn’t want to share this yesterday just in case…. but it was delicious!

Mike was in coconut heaven, saying “It’s so good El, and although I know you hate the word, it’s really moist” :-)

Antony, who always gives me an honest opinion, said he thought it was the best cake I’d made. And I don’t think it’s big-headed (because he could have been saying all the others were horrible!) but I agree with him.

It’s really light and moist and perfectly coconut-flavoured, which went great with the jam/coconut/slightly lime icing. And it’s always good when it’s all gone half an hour later   :-)

And on that note, I’m submitting it to a gluten-free (this one’s dairy-free too) birthday cake challenge, held by Iris of the Daily Dietribe. I only found her blog from a giveaway (of a great-looking e-book) announced on Twitter – and I’m so glad I did!

And before I go, I have to tell you something I forgot to mention yesterday.

I was coming back from the yard on my bike when a bloke on a moped told me there was a cycle race coming. I’d seen the cyclists, and all the signs, as I was riding Dave so I knew it was a major thing.

What really made me laugh was the thought that anyone watching (luckily it’s a back road so it wasn’t exactly bristling with spectators) would have seen three or four escort cars appear, as many stewards on mopeds, bright yellow CYCLE RIDE tabards, flashing orange lights and then, over the brow of the hill…. this scruffy bird, pedalling furiously along in dirty jodhpurs and riding boots :-)

I was pedalling furiously too, trying not to look too much of an arse in front of the pros, but they swept past in all their Lycra glory almost before I’d even realised. But what really made me laugh even more was when, just afterwards, I passed the house of a bloke I know and  heard a shout: “Go on, you’ll catch up with them if you try!”

It really made my day and, I can say truthfully, I was in the lead. For three and a half seconds, at least  ;-)

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36 Responses to Another day – another cake

  1. I M LOVIN ALL THE COCONUT!!!!! this looks delsh!

  2. Maria says:

    Coconut cake? Seriously? I LOVE COCONUT!! Now i’m going to have to make one… I blame you obviously haha. I think my friends will be happy though. It looks fab… can’t wait to try out the recipe! :) xx

  3. Maria says:

    Yum that coconut cake looks good :)
    Where did you get the coconut milk powder from? Sounds amazing.
    And you are kind to say it is muscle mass, but I don’t think it is! Well, maybe a little, but not all! But I am not stressing about it
    x

    • I got it in Tesco; probably only in the bigger ones, but it was in the world foods bit; I’ll email you too.
      And I think not stressing is definitely the way to go – you’re fit and healthy :-)

  4. ~Jessica~ says:

    Re-name the post ‘Another Day, Another Unbelievably Fab and Delicious Cake!’ or perhaps that would be too long.

    I’m not surprised it was gone in seconds. I could have snaffled the entire thing myself.

    And I love your story about the cycle race :) I am always being overtaken by lycra-clad road bikers too…

    xxx

  5. Iris says:

    Ooh it looks delicious! Thanks so much for entering it in my cake challenge! We’re going to have such a wonderful roundup of gluten-free cakes at the end of the month! I love anything coconut, and I have a friend like Antony (strangely, his name is Antoine) who also is brutally honest about my goodies. So when he tells me he likes something, I know it’s good. I’m sure it was the same with this cake!

    • That’s a pleasure; thank you for organising it!
      It’s always good to know someone is honest about what you make; I never 100% believe people that always say they’re nice, in a weird way!

  6. You are so talented at making those cakes, they look amazing! Glad you were in the lead for a while ;-)

  7. Annie says:

    How do the “g” ‘s convert to ounces and cups?

  8. Coconut cake sounds amazing! I have an awful obsession with coconut right now.

  9. I just love coconut cake, and for sure don’t make it enough. Thanks for a great dessert recipe, I think I know what I am doing this afternoon.

  10. vivoir says:

    Seriously, just those few ingredients create that beast?!! Boy am I glad I found your site if you put up no-brainer recipes like that!!! Pop by mine and see why I need the help… haha! Oo and say hello while your there too- I want a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge network so you can all let me know what you think of what I post! Live and learn- and listen!

  11. Haha – your cycling story really made me laugh :-)

  12. Haha, I hate the word ‘moist’ too, but it’s a compliment if it’s talking about cake. A good moist cake is hard to beat!

  13. What I wouldn’t give for a slice of that cake…I’ve been eating so healthy all week and it’s KILLING me.

  14. Alisa says:

    Lovely cake! Coconuts always make me think of summer. I love the cycle story and how your neighbor shouted that you could still catch up. I however, try to stop when I see a cycle race coming.

  15. Yum!!! That looks awesome!!! I’m impressed. I LOVE coconut!

  16. Thank you!
    Me too, completely addicted to it :-)

  17. tastyeatsathome says:

    This cake looks fab. And I love the bike story. :)

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  19. ChelseyinAlberta,Canada says:

    Hi,
    We just tried this recipe and adjusted it to 1.5x for a three-layer cake using regular round cake pans. The finished product is extremely flat, as in all three layers iced and stacked end up being about 1 inch tall. Can you please share what “sandwich tins” are and if we did something wrong?

    • Hi Chelsey,

      My tins are standard 18-19cm diameter (I’ll check and email you, they’ve been lent to a friend at the moment!) with loose bottoms. Generally, gluten-free cakes like this don’t rise as much as normal ones but mine was at least twice as high as that… how big are your tins as multiplying it should have been enough to counteract the effect of doing it in three tins. Other than that, I think the key things are to whisk the egg whites till they’re so stiff they don’t move if the bowl is turned upside down, and folding the other ingredients in very gently to keep as much air in the mixture as possible. Did you multiply the amount of baking powder too?
      I’ll find out the tin diameter and email you :-)

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