Hairy Old Nuts!

Hello My Cakers Bakers & Beauties!

Sorry for the misleading title, I know a coconut is actually a fruit….


I have had that mature coconut sitting in my fruit bowl since Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, it was looking at me all…

“what are you going to do with me? “

“you’d better eat me before I go bad!”

“you wouldn’t even know if I have already gone bad would you?”

I was tired of the accusing stares from it’s 3 eyes and so I decided to make a coconut cake, well duh! what else was I going to do with it!?

The trouble was I’ve never had to deal with a mature coconut before, I’m much more familiar with the young green “jelly” coconuts:

jelly coconut

 I read online that you should put it in the oven first @ 180 degrees  for 15 minutes to shrink the flesh from the shell and make it easier to open.


So after taking the coconut out of the oven with my bare hand (like an idiot) I left it to cool down a bit and then searched for the “eyes” so I could poke a hole in them and drain the “water” out. I feel so ashamed to say I was looking for ages before I had the idea to take some of the hair off to find the eyes:


Once I’d given the coconut a “big chop” I found the eyes and I proceeded to use anything and everything I could think of (knives, skewers, wine bottle opener, screwdriver, electric screwdriver) to gouge a few holes into the coconut to drain the water out, finally a small paring knife and brute force got me in! After all that effort this is how much coconut water I ended up with:


It was full of coconut hair and shell too!

Next I decided to tackle the task of separating the flesh from the shell, I knew I could have chucked it in a bag and stomped on it, but I didn’t fancy the idea of picking out loads of  tiny bits of shell, a few massive whacks sharp taps with the hammer and victory was mine!


I was then able to break the shell into a few smaller bits and the flesh did come away from the shell quite easily.

I grated the flesh with a regular cheese grater and was left with about 6oz of coconut flesh. While I was grating it the pure coconut oil was released so I had the bonus of lovely soft moisturised hands when I finished.


It doesn’t look like much but I was able to make two cakes with the above water/flesh, I made a coconut loaf cake and a round 9 inch cake, I also added some of the coconut water to the cake mix and spooned it over the top of the cakes while they were still warm.

 I don’t have a photo of the cakes, I’m so sorry but I’m going to make them again and take photos next time I promise.

The difference in using fresh coconut instead of dessicated is huge! The cakes were much more moist and flavoursome plus I left a few of the pieces of coconut whole so throughout the cake there were little crunchy bites of coconutty yumminess!

I used this recipe as a guideline but did my own thing as usual.

If you like coconut try it out for yourself!





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