Coconut birthday cake

Coconut birthday cake

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  • 8 to 10
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Villiera Jasmine White 2018


  • For the cake:
  • 175 g butter, softened
  • 300 g sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 245 g flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t fine salt
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 5 T desiccated coconut
  • edible flowers, to decorate
  • coconut flakes, to decorate
  • For the icing:
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 T rose-water
  • 190 g unsalted butter
  • 600 g icing sugar
  • 1 t lemon juice

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160°C and grease and line 1 x 25 cm and 1 x 11 cm springform cake tins.

Cream the butter and sugar until pale in colour.

Slowly add the beaten eggs while beating at a low speed. Beat until well combined.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Add half the coconut milk and half the flour mixture to the egg mixture, mixing at a low speed.

Once combined, add the remaining coconut milk, flour and the desiccated coconut.

Pour the mixture into the cake tins and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing, mix the cream and rose-water and set aside. Beat the butter and 195 g icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the cream and mix, scraping the bottom of the bowl occasionally. Add the remaining sugar, a spoonful at a time, while beating. Add the lemon juice.

Once the cakes have cooled completely, spread or pipe the icing onto the cakes and sandwich together. Decorate the cakes as desired; we used carnation petals and coconut flakes.

Cook’s note: We made more than two layers to create a tower. Make as many as you need and decorate as you like.

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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