Three-layer coconut cream cake

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About this recipe: This is a famous family recipe. Three irresistible layers of coconut cake, made incredibly moist thanks to the buttermilk. The delicious icing is a cross between buttercream and cream cheese icing. This cake makes a wonderful birthday cake, or a base for a unique wedding cake.

Rory

Ingredients

Serves: 12 

  • 225ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 220g butter or margarine
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 110g butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons single cream
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 75g desiccated coconut

Method

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease three 23cm round cake tins. In a small bowl, dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the buttermilk; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 110g butter, margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk mixture, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 75g coconut, baking powder and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared cake tins.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. To Make Icing: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 110g butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and icing sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in a small amount of cream to attain the desired consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining desiccated coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

Tip

You can use margarine, or a mixture of butter and margarine, for a slightly lighter texture to this cake.

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Reviews (8)

madeitwithlove
9

Lovely recipe, quick and easy to make. Has any one made this up to freeze?I'd like to use it at a later date but a bit wary of freezing. - 19 Jul 2011

JessCow
9

Something else. I added some seedless raspberry jam between the layers! very nice too - 31 Aug 2010

JessCow
4

This recipe is divine! I made this twice and everyone raved about it. - 31 Aug 2010

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