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Cherry and Coconut Cake by John Hooton


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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I must have baked this cake at least ten times in the last six months. Needless to say it is a firm family favorite and easy to get right every time. I find the addition of a little baking soda improves the texture.

Cherry and Coconut Cake

250g/9oz Self-Raising Flour
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
125g/4oz Butter
75g/3oz Desiccated Coconut
125g/4oz Caster Sugar
200g/7oz Glace Cherries chopped in halves.
2 Eggs Beaten
225ml/8 fl oz Milk
25g/1oz Shredded Coconut, a few extra Glace Cherries

1. Base line a 20.5cm (8 inch) round cake tin or a long cake tin with buttered greaseproof paper, or grease the inside of the tin with butter and dust with flour.

2. Sieve the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter. Stir in the desiccated coconut, sugar and cherries.

3. Whisk together the eggs and milk then briskly beat it into the other ingredients until the mixture stiffens.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin leveling the top and scatter over the shredded coconut. Add a few whole cherries in a row along the centre.

5. Bake in the oven at 180° (350°F) mark 4 for about 1½ hours. Cover with foil after the first 40 minutes.

6. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 85mm-PC f/2.8
ISO: 200
Exposure: 2.5 sec at f/34
Lighting: Daylight
Post Processing: Capture NX 2

© 2010 John Hooton Photography

Retired Professional Photographer, web designer, software developer, still dabbling in photography and all things technical!

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Mmmmmmmmm Yummmmy. Great capture. Those cherries look delicious.

  • Thank you kindly Don, happy to tease your taste buds again!

    – John Hooton

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    looks great!

  • Thank you very much Scott, credit to eBay for providing the props!

    – John Hooton

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 5 years ago

    They don’t come any better and sweeter then this,just delicious

  • When the last slice of this goes I usually get a request to make another one!

    – John Hooton

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    Please add this beautiful capture to my group Sweet Tooth

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 1 year ago

    Congratulations – 1st June, 2013 – Shirley

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