Valentine's Day Cake Baking for Your Loved One | Romance

February 08, 2016

The best way to a loved one's heart, especially a boyfriend, husband or a man that you admire, is through delicious baking!  We spied this recipe in the Feburary/March issue of the Donna Hay magazine and just had to try it: Banana & Coconut Three Milk Cake.  Easy to make, impressive to display, it will appeal to cake lovers and dessert lovers - it has a very moist, custard like cake texture, more like a pudding than a dry style cake.  Bake this on Valentine's Day, or for a special birthday treat - it is sure to please him or her & it is quite unique.  Don't me scared at how much liquid you pour over the cake - it absorbs well and really makes it quite a delight!

Banana & Coconut Three Milk Cakefrom the Donna Hay Magazine, Issue 85 (we love this magazine for amazing, fresh recipe ideas)

Ingredients

  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana (approx 3 small bananas)
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 395 g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups single pouring cream (optional for topping)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • optional thick yoghurt for the top - our adaption & with blueberries on top

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius
  2. Place the butter, sugar & vanilla in a bowl or electric mixer & beat for 6-8 minutes, or until pale & creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well on low speed after each addition.
  3. Add the banana & flour & beat on a low speed until just combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 22 cm spring form cake tin lined with non stick baking paper & cook for 45-50 mins, or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool completely in the tin.
  5. Using s skewer, make holes in the top of the cake. Place the cake tin on a baking tray to catch any leaks & gradually pour the milk mixture over the cake.
  6. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until the milk mixture has been absorbed.
  7. Remove the cake from the tin & place on a plate. If using Donna Hay's method, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Top the cake with the cream and coconut flakes. If using our adaption, place thick Greek style yoghurt on the cake -  we used one with passionfruit through it & add blueberries & toasted coconut flakes on top. The yoghurt topping also keeps well if you do not devour the cake in one sitting.
  

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