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Pretty in Some Pink – Coconut & Lime Cake

by on May 14, 2015

Which wasn’t very coconutty to be honest.

Thing was, I wanted to make a cake without using dairy…and so replaced the yogurt with coconut cream.

Except the beautiful cream with its sweet fragrance didn’t bake itself complete with the fragrance.

I’m getting increasingly annoyed with coconut milk. I find the fragrance and flavour disappear in baked and friend goods…I might have to resort to ‘coconut powder’ in an attempt at preservation.

Still, this cake was nice. The winner for me though were the dainty decorations on top.

I baked it in a tart tin, one without a loose bottom.


I made sure the base was well greased with butter so it came out quite easily. I set the cake upside down so I could fill the new ‘top’ with a glaze.

Step 2? Make an lime glaze, with icing sugar.

How to make a simple icing sugar glaze

Sift 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

With a spoon, gently stir in a teaspoon at a time, freshly squeezed lime juice. You want a thick, lighter than toothpaste mix. It’ll set ‘hard’.


For ages and a half, I’ve adored the simple, gorgeous pink flowers from water leaf. And was so glad I had enough growing to snip, snip, snip.

More on waterleaf and Nigerian vegetables from 9jafoodie.com



I gave the edible flowers a quick wash and prepped the other toppings, namely halved lime slices.


And then I made a one-sided ‘trellis’ (?) pattern, alternating flowers and lime.


So gorgeous, right?


And yes, we eventually had to cut into it. In spite of missing the intense coconut flavour, the texture was beautiful with a light crumb and a bit of sponginess.


Downed with glass upon glass of mint tea.


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