Delicious fresh coconut cake

    Delicious fresh coconut cake

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    About this recipe: Three layers of fresh coconut and vanilla loveliness are baked into this scrumptious cake and bonded together with fluffy icing of egg whites and sugar.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 36 

    • 375g plain flour
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 220g butter or margarine, softened
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 160g grated fresh coconut
    • 235ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 150g butter, softened
    • 160g fresh coconut - peeled and juice reserved, coconut meat grated

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour three 23cm round cake tins. Add enough cow milk to reserved coconut juice to make a total of 240ml; set aside.
    2. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl cream 220g butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Add 400g sugar gradually while mixing. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add in flour mixture alternately with coconut milk mixture, then vanilla. Finally, fold in 160g fresh grated coconut.
    4. Divide mixture evenly between three 23cm tins. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 35 minutes.
    5. To make icing:

    6. In a saucepan combine 200g sugar, cream of tartar, pinch of salt and water. Bring to the boil and cook until a little of the syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that holds its shape (or syrup reads 115 degrees C on a sugar thermometer).
    7. In a medium bowl, whip egg whites at high speed until stiff but not dry. Add syrup slowly to egg whites, beating constantly. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and incorporate.
    8. In a large bowl, cream 150g butter well. Add egg white mixture 2 or 3 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition.
    9. Spread icing between, around and on top of each layer. Sprinkle grated coconut on top of each iced layer.

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