Cherry Coconut Cake

This cake is one that I love – the classic English Cherry cake but with a little twist. I used freshly grated coconut and it was delicious.

It’s so easy to make that you can make this into a little afternoon/Sunday project with the kids. It’s made using a saucepan – no messy bowls to wash up! The cake is moist and the cherries are juicy and succulent. Now that’s what I call a really good reason to try out this cake.

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It’s best to use a medium-sized saucepan and a wooden spoon for mixing. When adding ingredients to a hot mixture, it’s important to stir quickly. I used a dark chocolate icing for the cake and garnished it with coconut shavings. You could use dessicated coconut if you prefer it.

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Perfect with a cup of tea!

PREP: 25 minutes COOK TIME: 1 hour

Ingredients

150 gms butter

11/2 cups coconut, grated

11/2 cups self raising flour

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 cup red glace cherries, halved

Chocolate Buttercream

125 gms dark chocolate

125 gms butter

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Grease an 8 inch round cake pan and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about an hour or when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave the cake in the pan for 10 minutes and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

To make the buttercream, melt the chocolate and butter in a small heatproof bowl over hot water. Cool to room temperature. beat with a wooden spoon until thick and spreadable.

Top the cooled cake with the chocolate butter cream and decorate with flaked coconut and maraschino cherries, if desired.