This Chocolate Coconut Cake is one I found when I felt like making a coconut chocolate cake. I had a huge bag of desiccated coconut that had been sitting in my kitchen for ages and I just love chocolate so thought they would be a good combination.
I searched high and low on the internet but found nothing. Finally my trying paid off and I found this recipe on an Indian website. It seems to turn out a bit like an Indian sweet more than a cake as it is slightly chewy on the outside. It tastes great and I have been asked for the recipe. Here it is:
- 1 ½ oz (5/8) cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 oz (1/2 cup or 114 grams) margarine
- 6 oz (1 ½ cup) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 oz (1 1/8 cup) flour
- 1 level tablespoon cocoa powder (I used 2 tablespoons the last time I made it)
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Soak the coconut in the milk in a small bowl for ½ an hour.
- Cream margarine and sugar in a large bowl. (I just melted the margarine to save time.)
- Add lightly beaten eggs to margarine mixture and then add coconut mixture.
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Sift into wet ingredients. Mix well.
- Line a 10 by 8 inch tray with baking paper if you want a thicker cake, otherwise use a 13 by 10 inch tray for a more chewy candy-like cake. (I use a 13 by 10 inch pan.)
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes depending on the size of your pan – until inserted toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs on it.
- Cut into small squares when cooled.
The cake is very sweet so people will either love it or hate it. Ha! Hopefully no one will hate it.
I like the chewy texture and it is not too sweet if you only eat a little at a time. And as I always say when eating rich sweet things drink a cup of cold milk or hot coffee with it and it will balance it perfectly.
Enjoy baking and eating this delicious Chocolate Coconut Cake… I know I did.