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Mum followed the recipe cake

March 19, 2012

Arlo came into the kitchen and rattled Hermione’s cage to see if she wanted to wake up. A blurry  head poked out of her bedding. She wore the same surprised and bewildered expression that teenagers often have when they’ve just woken up. Hermione went back to sleep (another teenager similarity) and Arlo turned his attention to the cake that had just come out of the oven.

“Looks nice” he said. “Has it got anything horrible in it like parsnips?” I assured him that it didn’t, telling him that it was a coconut cake and I’d never made one before. “Does this mean you’ve followed a recipe?” he said feigning shock in the way that 10 year old boys do. “This is a cause for celebration. Breaking News! Mum’s followed a recipe!” he said into an imaginary microphone, and  went off to tell his sister. I do think my reputation for not following recipes is a little overplayed sometimes.

This recipe is based on Nigella Lawson’s in How to be a Domestic Goddess. I say based because she works in metric (and doesn’t give an imperial equivalent) and I don’t. So my weights are  approximations. She also puts the cake into two tins and slathers some butter icing flavoured with Malibu in between the two cakes and more Malibu with icing sugar on the top. I can’t be doing with that kind of stuff. Obviously not a domestic goddess then. And not following the recipe to the letter. It’s a guideline anyway. All recipes are.

Coconut cake: soak 2oz unsweetened, dessicated coconut in 5fl oz boiling water. Put 7oz very soft butter, 7oz sugar, 4 eggs, 5oz self raising flour, 2oz cornflour and half a teaspoon of baking powder in a bowl and add the coconut when it’s cool enough. Mix it all together and pile into a greased and lined deep 9″ cake tin. Bake for about 40 minutes at 180c/350f until it looks done.

Tastes quite buttery and the coconut is a hinted at taste. Makes for a pleasant texture though. Nice with(frozen) raspberries and ice cream – but then what cake isn’t?

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