Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Coconut and rum cake

Now THIS is a fucking brilliant cake. I made a Nigella chocolate cake the other day and wasn't that impressed. All that ganache and stuff. Eugh. Didn't like it.

This, on the other hand, is absolutely wonderful. Light, crumbly, moist, coconutty. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's also an absolute cinch to make, as long as you've got a food processor or an electric hand whisk.

The recipe is from The New Penguin Cookery Book by Jill Norman, which along with Delia's Complete Cookery Course, is a real must for the novice/amateur cook.

So here we go:

200g butter
200g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
75g cornflour
150g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
100g dessicated coconut
2 tbs rum

1 Heat the oven to 180C and grease your cake tin. You'll need a normal-sized one (don't roll your eyes, you know what I mean. Not a massive one and not a tiny loaf tin, okay?)

2 Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a hand whisk, or power round with a food processor for about 2 mins.

3 Turn the mixture out into your tin and bake for 1 hour. I know, seems a rather long time, but that's how long it takes.

4 For a very lovely, boozy icing, combine icing sugar with rum instead of water and pour over


  1. That does sound good.

    My girlfriend made a marmalade cake the other day. It was utterly awesome, and I am going to get her to make it again * so I can use it to make a bread and butter pudding.

    I'd call it a Cake and Butter pudding, but that makes me feel like a proper fatty for some reason. (Although I did reheat a single piece of crumble the other day by frying it in butter. So fattydom can't be far away)

    * this isn't a "cake making is for girls" thing, she just won't share the recipe.

  2. It's not WHAT you eat, it's how MUCH you eat. For example, I will never, ever give up eating cake, no matter what diet I'm on, I'll just eat a bit less.

    Frying cake and crumble is perfectly okay - there is a Boxing Day tradition in Kent of frying christmas pudding.

  3. Holy Crap, Fried cake. I thought frying Pizza was a good thing. I am so going to fry up some cake.
    I love living here.

  4. Looking for a coconut rum cake...stumbled here and had a laugh. Can't wait to read more.