Tarts on Thursday – Coconut and Chocolate Cake
This is easy. So easy a five year old made it. So easy hopefully we can all make it. It’s a classic combination of good old Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate, lots of coconut wrapped in a simple sponge – delicious. Some call it the cake equivalent of a Bounty Bar. If you hate coconut pass on this but if you like it we suggest you try this. This is from www.channel4.com/food site search chocolate and coconut and it will appear it looks as if it was originally in delicious magazine.
Preparation Time: 30mins to make, 40 mins to bake plus cooling
- 350g unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing)
- 150g desiccated coconut
- 350g self-raising flour
- 350g caster sugar
- 6 eggs lightly beaten
- 200g Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate, broken up
- Preheat the Oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4, Grease a deep 23cm round cake tin with butter and line the base with baking paper. Put the butter into a bowl and put in the microwave on high for 1 min or until almost melted
- Put 100g coconut into a large bowl. Add the self-raising flour, sugar, eggs and the almost-melted butter. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth and combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 45-50mins or until risen. No special heart-tin is required use a standard circular one and cut the heart shape when coooled. It should have risen and be pale and golden on top and firm on the surface. A skewer should be inserted to make sure its cooked i.e. it should come out clean. However if in doubt bake a little longer and cut the burnt bits off – noone will know and all the best chefs do this. We know – we’ve seen them do it!
- First time, cut a heart template out of paper and follow the shape as you cut the outside of the cake. Second time and more, don’t bother you’ll manage fine
- Put the Chocolate in the bowl and melt pour over the top of the cake letting it drip and run down the sides before using a knife to coat any obvious gaps. Sprinkle over the remaining coconut and voila you have a great cake that keeps for several days in an airtight container (if you don’t manage to eat it all at once)!