Coconut and Apple Cake

This is my first cake recipe with fresh coconut, coconut oil, and apple as well as spices from Sri Lanka.
I was very happy with the way it came out! The apple retained some crunch, and it was full of delicious fresh coconut flavour.
INGREDIENTS
3 cups any sweet apple (peeled and diced)
1/2 lemon (juiced)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cloves powder
100g walnuts (roasted and chopped)
3 eggs
1/4 plain yogurt
1 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the caramel coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbs hot water
1 cup freshly scraped coconut
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Pinch of salt
Butter Caramel sauce
100g soft butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup double cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
METHOD
For the cake
  • Heat the oven to 180*
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment
  • In a bowl mix lemon juice and apple, and keep on one side
  • In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices)
  • Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl (eggs, oil, yogurt and vanilla essence)
  • Combine both mixtures together with the apple
  • Transfer mixture into the lined baking tray, and bake for 40 minutes
For the caramelised coconut
  • heat the pan with the brown sugar and caramelise lightly
  • then add the hot water and cardamom powder, coconut and salt and cook on a low heat until the syrup absorbs into the coconut
  • remove from the heat and let it cool
For the caramel butter
  • melt the butter in a pan and keep stirring without burning until light brown
  • then add the sugar mix and well on low heat
  • when the sugar and butter mixture starts to boil remove from the heat and add the cream and vanilla, whisking well
  • allow to cool
To assemble the cake
  • when the cake is ready to sandwich, separate it into two halves
  • spread one half with the caramel sauce and walnuts
  • put the other half on the top, and finish with the caramel topping and sprinkle over the caramel coconut and the rest of the walnuts

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Orange and Chocolate Cake

This is my own recipe for orange and chocolate cake. It is soft and has amazing flavours.

INGREDIENTS 

175g soft butter

3 eggs

2 tbs milk

3 tbs fresh orange juice 

1 tbs orange zest 

1 tbs cocoa powder 

1 tsp baking powder

200g self-raising flour 

175g light muscovado sugar 

For the filling 

350g double cream

50g sugar 

100g unsweetened chocolate (melted in a double boiler)

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

2 tbs orange liqueur or Cointreau 

70g roasted cashew nuts

METHOD 

Preheat the oven 180*C/ 350F. Line a round cake tin with baking paper.  Mix together cocoa powder, baking powder, flour and orange zest in bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the other ingredients until there are no lumps. Add the dry ingredients in three batches to the wet ingredients, folding together until smooth. Pour the cake mixture in to the cake tin, bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool down.

To make the filling – add the double cream and sugar to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until you get a smooth paste. Fold the cream mixture into the melted chocolate and mix well. Mix orange juice with the liqueur.

To assemble – cut the cake into two layers and sprinkle with the orange juice mixture. Spread the cream mixture, stacking together carefully. Finish the cake as you like.


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Bread Pudding

Everyone seems to love my Sri Lankan style bread pudding.  I haven’t used any butter or cream, so it’s very healthy. I have packed it full of interesting ingredients (such as pistachio, chocolate chips and berries), so it’s extremely tasty!


INGREDIENTS 

6 slices of leftover bread (soaked in milk)

3 eggs (beaten)

1 1/2 cup milk

3 tbs sugar

150g mixed frozen berries

50g chocolate chips

50g raisins

2 tbs pistachio paste

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tbs lemon zest

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

METHOD 

Heat the oven to 180*. In a bowl mix the soaked bread and the other ingredients together. Transfer the mixture in to a ovenproof bowl and bake for about 20 25 minutes. Check it is cooked with a wooden skewer in middle – if it comes out clean, it’s cooked. Serve with vanilla ice cream, or as it is.


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