Unfortunately I am not graced with a pantry like Nigella’s (and that’s not a euphemism). It’s a pretty rare occurrence to be able to bake something using only supplies that are already in the cupboard, without the need for a trip to the shop. However, that’s exactly what happened to me on Friday night, when I decided to take part in National Baking Week and try a new recipe for coconut carrot slice…
The inclusion of grated carrot made it amazingly moist but unlike your typical carrot cake it didn’t have a cream cheese frosting and instead was topped with a crunchy mixture of dessicated coconut, sugar and butter…
To make it you need…
250g unsalted butter
300g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour
50g dessicated coconut
200g carrot, grated
2 tsp ground mixed spice
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line a (20cm x 30cm) tray with greaseproof paper.
Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan and then leave to cool for about 5 minutes before adding the sugar, vanilla and eggs. Beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, coconut, carrot, spice and salt. I discovered at the last minute that I didn’t have any mixed spice so I improvised and used 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cloves and a few gratings of nutmeg, which worked perfectly well!
Tip the mix into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes. Whilst the cake’s in the oven you need to make the topping with…
85g dessicated coconut
25g light muscovado sugar
25g melted butter
Mix the coconut with the sugar, then add the melted butter and stir together. Smooth this crumbly topping over the cake and pop back in the oven for a further 10 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Leave it to cool before cutting into about 15 generous slices…
I love having a few simple traybake recipes up my sleeve and have definitely added this one to my repertoire. My only word of warning is that coconut carrot slice doesn’t make for a very suitable cinema snack! After managing to sneak my contraband cake into the cinema on Saturday, I ended up with a very messy lapful of dessicated coconut and sugar 🙂 Hey ho, I’m sure there are worse things that could’ve happened!