Coconut and Lime cake with Coconut Frosting

Ingredients-

  • 100 g sugar
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 185 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • A pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 240 ml desiccated coconut
  • 160 g soft butter

Coconut Cream Topping-

  • 133g cream cheese
  • 133g butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 226g powdered sugar
  • 198g flaked coconut

Method for coconut cream topping-

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Add vanilla, beating well. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in coconut. Put into fridge in order for cream to harden to be used when cupcake are done.

Method for cupcakes-

  1. Preheat the oven. Turn on the oven to 170ºC or 325ºF. Whip the butter, vanilla and sugar. Introduce the white sugar, the brown sugar, vanilla essence and the butter into the mixer bowl. Lower the whisk attachment down into the bowl and blend on high for a few minutes to whip the butter.
  2. Add the eggs. When the batter is thoroughly whipped, slow down the speed and start adding in the eggs. Add the first egg and allow it to mix in. Then add the second egg. Allow to blend in and add the final egg and mix in thoroughly.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Continue by adding the baking powder, salt, then add half of the flour, little by little, allowing each amount to mix in before adding the next batch. Then add the remaining flour. When thoroughly combined, shake in the coconut and give it a quick blend. Add some of the squeezed lime juice. Switch off the machine, twist off the whip attachment, shaking off any batter and remove the bowl. Finally, give it a quick mix by hand using your rubber spatula.
  4. Transfer to the baking tin. Spoon the batter into the buttered spring form baking tin and use your spatula spread it evenly. It is now ready to bake.
  5. Bake. Place the baking tin in the centre of the oven preheated to 170ºC or 325ºF and bake for roughly 45 minutes. Check to see if it’s done by piercing it in the centre with a skewer. If it comes out dry, it is done.
  6. Present and serve. Add grated lime for colour and presentation.

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