Fresh Coconut Layer Cake

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 16-20




  • Before you start with this cake, you'll first have to deal with the coconut.
  • Push a skewer through the top and make 3 holes and drain out the milk.
  • Then place the coconut pieces in a ziplock bag & sit it on a hard surface - a stone floor or an outside paving stone. Then give it a whack with a hammer - it won't be that difficult to break.
  • Now remove the pieces from the bag and, using a cloth to protect your hands, pry the top of a knife between the nut and the shell. You should find that you can force the whole piece out in one go.
  • Now discard the shell and take off the inner skin using a potato peeler.
  • The coconut is now ready to use.
  • The best way to grate coconut flesh is with the grating disc of a food processor, but a hand grater will do just as well.
  • Prepare Cake:.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • 2 8" pans, buttered and parchment lined.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, holding the sieve high to give them a good airing.
  • Now just add all other ingredients, except the grated coconut, to a bowl & mix with an elecrtic mixer and combine everything until you have a smooth texture, about 1 minute or use wooden spoon.
  • What you should have now is a mixture that drops off a spoon when you give it a tap on the side of the bowl. If it seems stiff, add a drop of water and mix again.
  • Finally, stir in the 3 oz fresh grated coconut and divide the mixture between pans.
  • Place them on center shelf of the oven and bake 30-35 minutes.
  • To test whether the cakes are cooked, lightly touch the center of each with a finger: if it leaves no impression and then sponges spring back, they are ready.
  • Next, remove them from the oven and wait 5 minutes and then turn them out on to a wire rack.
  • Carefully peel off base papers, when the cakes are absolutely cool, carefully divide each one horizontally into two halves using a sharp serrated knife.
  • Prepare Frosting:.
  • Now make up the frosting by simply whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl to combine them.
  • Next select the plate or stand you want to serve the cake on - you'll also need a palette knife - then simply place one layer on first, followed by a thin layer of frosting(about a fifth), followed by the next layer of cake, and so on.
  • After that, use the rest of the frosting to coat the sides and top of the cake.
  • Don't worry how it looks: the good thing is that it's all going to be covered with the rest of the grated coconut next.
  • And that's it!