I'm probably assuming you all think I have an obsession with lemon flavours by now! Well I do like the taste and I rather like anything with a citrus flavour to it. Theses cakes I've made so many times but keep forgetting to share them with you, they are fairly easy probably the only thing that may turn the beginner chef away is the amount of bowls that you will need to use. In saying that they are really worth the effort though and just to see the pleasure on my loved ones faces was enough for me!!
If you like Lemon Meringue Pie well this is very much the same but without the crusty bottom, instead it's a beautiful moist lemon flavoured coconut cake. I usually make them as little mini cupcakes, but have done both to show you what they look like. I rather like the mini ones the best as the big ones could be served as a dessert on it's own. (Well Mr M would probably inhale one of the big ones in the blink of an eye)
I have even made them before without the Meringue top. I just cut a cute little top hat out of the top and spooned some curd inside and sat it back on top of the curd and dusted them with icing sugar....they still looked and tasted moreish!!! These will impress your friends.
Coconut lemon cake:
125g butter, softened
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind (You will need another 2 teaspoons for the curd - used 3 lemons)
2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) milk
3/4 cup (60g) desiccated coconut
1 1/4 cups (185g) self-raising flour
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
4 egg whites
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 1/3 cups (95g) shredded coconut, chopped finely
Combine ingredients in a small heatproof bowl over small saucepan of simmering water, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.
2 Preheat oven to moderate (180 degrees/ 160 degrees fan-forced). Line a 6 hole Texas or 12- hole standard muffin pan with paper cases.
5 Bake large cakes about 25 minutes, small cakes about 20 minutes. Turn cakes onto wire rack to cool. Increase oven to hot.