Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nana + Baking

Today is my nana's 70th birthday.
We are having a big party for her and my parents house on Saturday, but we are still going over to see her tonight to wish her a happy birthday.
I thought I'd make the cake!
My mum has so many recipe books. It's crazy!
The first one I pulled out was "The Australian Womens Weekly" Cakes and Slices Cookbook (it's a super old one! Not one of the new ones you may have seen floating around the place)
I made the 'Honey Coconut cake with caramel icing'
It is actually supposed to be made in a loaf/lamington tin, but I adapted it to suit a round cake tin.

1/4 cup coconut
125g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of honey
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup milk
60g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups icing sugar

grease and line your cake tin. make sure to line the base with baking paper.
Stir coconut constantly over heat in a heavy frying pan until light and golden brown. Remove and leave to cool.
Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer till light and fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time, add honey and beat till well combined. stir in sifted flour and milk. Bake in a moderate oven for around 30-40 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes before turning to a wire rack to cool.
Spread the cooled cake with icing and sprinkle over the toasted coconut.
Melt butter in a saucepan, add sugar and stir constantly over the heat for 2 minutes without boiling. Stir in  the milk and then gradually stir in the sifted icing sugar. Stir until combined and smooth.

Now I just hope it tastes good!


  1. Now I really want cake! Caramel and coconut are two of my favourite flavours :)

  2. It looks delicious Sammie! I love a cake with icing running down the sides :) I've also tagged you in a round of TAG! You're It! - for further info (if you've already played this please don't feel obligated to play again :))

  3. Happy Birthday to your Nanna!! She's actually pretty young for a Nanna.. I hope she has fun at her party and I KNOW she'll love that cake! Womens Weekly has the best recipes! There's nothing better than a home baked cake!

  4. TAG.

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