This recipe may seem a bit heavy on the ginger but when you add the decadent coconut buttercream it is a match made in cake heaven! You will need a block of creamed coconut for this one which is readily available in supermarkets & for better value go to the “World Food” aisle!
I have used a 2lb loaf tin but use a round cake tin if you prefer.
Cost approx £2.45 Serves 8
Prep time: 10 minutes for the cake & 15 minutes for the buttercream.
Cooking time: 40 minutes
For the buttercream:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Fan 160/Gas 4
Grease & line a 2lb loaf tin or 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
Beat the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy then mix in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the syrup.
Sift in the flour & ginger & fold in to the mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin & bake for 40 minutes. Check with a skewer or tip of a knife, if it comes out clean it is ready.
Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack to finish cooling.
To make the buttercream icing:
Beat the butter with a wooden spoon or electric beaters until creamy.
Mix in the icing sugar & milk a bit at a time then the grated coconut. You should have a smooth spreadable paste.
To decorate the cake make sure it is completely cooled. Using a serrated knife slice the cake in half lengthways so you have 2 layers.
Use some of the buttercream to sandwich the layers together then use the rest to cover the top of the cake. Use a spatula or even a piping bag if you prefer!
Sprinkle some desiccated coconut on top if you like.
Serve in slices with the obligatory cuppa!