Naked Winter Berry Cake

Hello My Cakers and Bakers.

Happy Holidays!

Of course I’ve been busy baking over the Christmas period.

Below is a Red Berry “naked cake” I made for a customer, in the cross section you will see that the cake has several layers as well as a horizontal pattern. A naked cake is simply a cake without external icing it’s naked so that all the layers can be seen from the outside and it allows for the flavours of the cake to shine through and not be overpowered by heavy sugary icing or frosting.


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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!




Organic White Chocolate and Kiwi Upside Down Cake

As part of my effort to get fitter and live an all round healthier life I now have an organic fruit and veg box delivered to my home weekly.

I’ve always been a big fan of fresh fruit and veg but I’d grown up mainly eating a mix of home grown and conventional supermarket produce.

Recently I’ve been doing some research and this has prompted me to switch to mainly organic food. Which brings me to Abel and Cole, for a mere twelve English pounds I get a mixed box of organic fruit and veg delivered to my home weekly. I am informed of the contents ahead of each delivery and if I don’t fancy an item that week, I can skip it or if I dislike it I can choose to never receive it at all.

As Part of a special offer I was given a free recipe book with my first delivery.

One of the recipes was for Kiwi and white Chocolate upside down cake, in reality it was more of a suggestion than an actual recipe. I was instructed to sprinkle a little sugar in the base of a lined cake tin and cover that with a layer of sliced Kiwis then I made a basic sponge mix through which I’d swirled a bar of finely chopped organic white chocolate.


The cake was lovely and moist, I made it for my husband’s birthday. The only thing was that we couldn’t really detect the white chocolate, it added a subtle vanilla-ish taste which was lovely but if I were to make it again for someone else I’d chop the chocolate less finely so they could tell the chocolate was actually present. However the fact that the chocolate completely melted into this cake suited us just fine as we don’t particularly like chunks of white chocolate as it’s really sweet.