Monday, July 29, 2013

Coconut Cake with Passionfruit Butter Frosting

This recipe is brought to you by Fisher and Paykel and Finish

Hello Beach Dwellers
I have to say that with this cool weather well and truly hovering over Sydney, we have been doing lots of entertaining around the fireplace with tea, cake with a little bit of champagne thrown in for good measure.

I must try to get my Mediterranean diet back on track very soon, but I do love catching up with friends and afternoon tea is a stress free way to do it.  It usually involves way too much sugar and alcohol, but life is too short to worry too much about that on the weekend.  I figure if I stay away from this stuff midweek, then all will be well with my healthy eating quest.

This cake is beautifully moist, very easy and completely delicious.  

Coconut Cake with Passion Fruit Butter Frosting
130g unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup of lite milk
80g plain Natural yoghurt (no added sugar)
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1.2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

For the Passion Fruit Butter Icing
300g unsalted butter softened
300g pure icing sugar sifted.  (If you like it sweeter you can add up to 700g but try it first)
Pulp of 6-7 passion fruit ( 4 for the icing and 2-3 for garnishing)

Preheat the oven to 180 C or 375 F.

Grease and line the bottom of a 25 cm/9 inch cake tin.

Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time
add milk, yoghurt and vanilla.  Sift in flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt together.  Then add the coconut.  Mix well to combine.

Pour batter into a cake tin and cook in the oven for 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the icing.
Beat the butter and icing sugar to combine.

Add the passion fruit and mix well to combine.

Carefully cut the cake in half.  Spread the bottom half with icing.  Then spread the remaining icing on top and garnish with generous dollops of passion fruit pulp.

Sit back and enjoy.

The clean up is easier too for afternoon tea, than a 3 course meal and really it's about seeing friends rather than stressing myself to the max trying to impress them.  A few cups and saucers, a cake plate and some forks and spoons into the dishwasher and it's done.

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  1. Hi Carolyn this looks so yum-I am going to try this for vistors next weekend hope it turns out as good as yours-love dee x

  2. Coconut and passion fruit are plenty on my island, however I have never made this kind of cake-never come across my mind! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Noooooooooo..... I have been eating way too many cakes!! But now I MUST try this one, it looks too bloomin' good to miss out on... your idea of cakes for the weekend and the good clean eating in the week is really good. But I have lots of chocolates to hoe my way through this week so .... yes, hubby came home with heaps of chocolates, much needed. Bookmarking this lovely recipe. Thank you!

  4. Sounds yummy, very tropical. Maybe I'd have a pina colada with it, instead of tea!

  5. I love coconut. Looks like something I would love to have with my afternoon coffee.

  6. Yum!!! That looks like heaven ESP with half a cow in it !! Yum.
    I'm not having sugar for 3 mths, I have to get in the Mediterranean way now, so was experimenting with chickpeas and cacao on the weekend. Made some truffles and a choc slice thing.
    You use dates as the sugar.

    Gave me a tummy ache as I ate too much!! It is after all , beans.

  7. How can you possibly stick to a diet in your house when you cook yummy things like that!

  8. This looks amazing- pinning it now!

  9. Oh this looks SO GOOD!!! I absolutely love passionfruit, and this cake looks beautiful and sounds DELICIOUS! I would definitely eat more than one slice!!!! :)

  10. The passionfruit looks very inviting. As per the previous comment. I don't think I could stop at one slice.



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