My friend at work, Clare, was heading back home to New Zealand for her birthday, but requested a very specific cake for her return….
I googled ‘coconut cake with vanilla bean frosting’ and there was literally one recipe that matched!!
It happened to be vegan, but I don’t think anybody guessed it. You need to get some very specific ingredients before you make this, but it turned out great.
I used arrowroot instead of agar flakes in the icing, but you really do need the agar, otherwise it doesn’t set right and is more of a custard consistency.
Here’s the recipe if you fancy doing a show-stopper cake and have a few hours on your hands:
The cakes looked a lovely golden colour when they came out of the oven, and rose every well with the spelt flour:
Here’s the decorated cake – it didn’t last long!