Tangelo, mascarpone & coconut trifle

This trifle was supposed to be a tangelo sponge cake sandwiched with mascarpone cream and tangelo curd, until I had a cake fail. The cake emerged from the oven with a slightly soggy bottom and minimal rise; Mary Berry would not have been impressed. But what the tangelo sponge cake lacked in good looks it made up for in tasting…

Date cake with grilled coconut brown sugar topping

This cake broke my Sunday afternoon baking drought. One autumn Sunday in March after a trip to the fruit and vege markets, I came home and unpacked my market haul, arranged the Omega plums and lemons into my favourite Katherine Smyth bowls, and found myself baking this cake without really planning to. Cakes for no good reason are…

Baked Plums with a Crunchy Coconut Topping

I made this for the first time in Central Otago with apricots poached from an old tree we discovered along a path by the Clutha River. Growing amongst wild thyme these were the most amazing apricots. We ate as many as three greedy girls could manage and then filled up our backpack. For pudding that evening we sliced the apricots in…

Coconut bread

Calling loaf cakes ‘bread’ was a smart move by someone who clearly was into having cake for breakfast. Coconut bread is most definitely a cake but completely acceptable to have for Sunday breakfast smothered in tangy plum jam, lime marmalade, or lemon curd with a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt. This loaf needs to completely cool before you try and…