If you are looking for a dessert that is not overtly rich and sweet – yet decadent – then your search ends here.
By Nandita Nataraj
This is one of those desserts that is fuss free and yet rather impressive. This recipe is adapted from here. It is one of those recipes were the flavors are spot on. It is a moist, pleasant flavored cake that can be dressed up either with a frosting, or a glaze. Or better still, like me, you can have it slathered with raspberry jam
- All purpose flour - 3 cups
- Baking Powder - 2 tsp
- Baking Soda - 1 tsp
- Sugar - 1⅔ cup
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Unsweetened dessicated coconut - 1 cup+2bsp
- Coconut milk - 14 Oz can
- Thick Yogurt - ½ cup
- Canola Oil - ⅔ cup
- Cardamom extract or powder - ½ tsp
- Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
- Raspberry jam- 3tbsp
- Sift the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix 1 cup of desiccated coconut and set aside
- In another bowl, mix the coconut milk, oil, sugar, yogurt, sugar, cardamom powder and vanilla extract and whisk well.
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and dust the baking pan with oil and flour and set aside.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir. Do not over mix.
- Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and bake for 50-60min or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Turn the cake into a wire rack and cool completely.
- Once the cake is cooled, cut the cake horizontally into two slices. Place the bottom half of the plate on a serving plate and spread a tbsp of jam on the cake evenly.
- Cover this with other ha;f of the cake and spread the remaining jam on the cake and sprinkle with grated coconut and serve.
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.