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Coconut and Passionfruit Layer Cake   Veg CD  CBF  50mins



Makes 1 x 20cm/8-inch two-layer cake   Cold  Vegetarian Fruit  Nuts  Easter  Cakes   Baked Fayre

225/8oz Butter or Margarine
225/8oz Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten
½ - 1 teasp Vanilla Extract
100g/4oz Desiccated (Shredded) Coconut
150g/5oz Self Raising flour

For the filling
175g/6oz Cream Cheese or Mascarpone
200ml/7fl.oz. Crème Fraîche
1 tbsp Caster Sugar
4 Passion Fruit




1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and grease and line 2 x 17.5cm/7 inch round sandwich tins with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

3. Gradually add the eggs, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Don’t worry if the mixture starts to curdle, just add a spoonful of the flour and carry on.

4. . Fold in the coconut and flour and mix well. Divide the mixture between the prepared cake tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes. try not to open the oven door before 20 minutes cooking time.

5. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Carefully peel off the paper and allow to cool completely.

6. Place the cream cheese, crème fraîche and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended. Set aside.

7. Cut each passion fruits in half and scoop the seeds and pulp out into a bowl.

8. Once the cakes are completely cold place one on a serving platter, spread the cheese filling evenly over the top, making sure you take it completely to the edges of the cake.

9. Top with the passion fruit pulp, once again allowing it to go right to the edges, then place the other cake on top and sprinkle with icing sugar.




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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat – To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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