Coconut Jam Sponge

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I decided to make this cake whilst watching the tv, the presenters mentioned eating a coconut jam sponge for dessert and I thought… that’s what I’ll make. It’s pretty simple to make but the taste is honestly phenomenal, especially whilst it’s slightly warm. The sponge is slightly more filling and dense than the average cake because of the desiccated coconut and the sweetness of the jam compliments it so well.

I’ve used strawberry jam in the recipe but you could try raspberry, blueberry or apricot jam depending on your preference. It could also be an idea to make your own fruit preserve that would no added sugar. Desiccated coconut is low in salt and sugar making it fairly nutritious when consumed in moderation. It is important to note that desiccated coconut is a high source of saturated fat, which is thought to be healthier because of the medium chain fatty acids that promote weight loss by reducing fat in the body however research on this is varied.

Recipe: Coconut Jam Sponge (makes 1 loaf)

Ingredients

135g butter

135g caster sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

135g self raising flour

66g desiccated coconut, extra for sprinkling on top

2 tbsp milk

Heaped tbsp strawberry jam

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar together and slowly mix in the eggs.
  • Add the vanilla extract, then fold in the flour, desiccated coconut and milk.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf tin and put in the oven to bake for 40 minutes until fully cooked and golden on top.
  • Place the tin on a wire rack and whilst it is cooling, mix the jam a little to loosen it up.
  • Evenly spread the jam over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the desiccated coconut.
  • Enjoy warm!

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Chocolate Cupcakes With Coconut Flavoured Frosting

This recipe was quite random, I had the intention of baking cookies but made cupcakes instead. The quantity of the ingredients means the cupcakes are quite dense and filling. Topped with a light coconut frosting using organic coconut powder. I had a few sample sachets from the company Purely Super Foods and decided to use the coconut one for my bakes. Check out their website here http://www.purelysuperfoods.com they sell many great products!!

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Ingredients
200g butter
200g soft dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
60g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

(Basic buttercream)

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and prepare a tray with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, add the egg and vanilla extract mixing until smooth.

3. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and beat until well combined.

4. Next evenly distribute the mixture between the cases and bake in the oven for 25- 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime make the frosting using the coconut powder and set aside, once the cupcakes are done leave to cool then cover with the frosting and any topping of your choice.

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