Coconut and Lemongrass Cake

Earlier this week I brought this cake, admittedly made with spelt flour, to work since I would be at a new branch on my birthday. I was subsequently asked for the recipe, so here it is!

The lemongrass provides a light, unique flavour that makes me say 'try this cake at least once'.

Recipe from Rachel Allen's book Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 stalks of lemongrass, tops and bases trimmed and outer leaves removed
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g butter, softened (I used sunflower spread)
  • 125g desiccated coconut
  • 125g plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
For the syrup:
  • 75g sugar
  • 75ml water
  • lemongrass trimmings
Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius (325 Fahrenheit) or Gas mark 3.
Line a deep 23cm diameter baking tin with baking paper
Thinly slice the lemongrass stalks and put in a food processor with the caster sugar. Run the mixture until the lemongrass is pureed and fragrant
Add the eggs, butter and coconut, mix until combined.
Sift the flour and baking powder and add to the mixture, mix until just combined
Tip the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the centre of the cake.

While the cake is baking, make the syrup and sugar in a saucepan with the roughly chopped trimmings.
Over a high heat, stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves, then bring the mixture to the boil for 2 minutes before removing from the heat and leaving to infuse.
When the cake is prepared, reheat the syrup and pierce several holes throughout the cake. Pour the syrup over the cake, using a sieve to catch the trimmings.
Allow the cake to cool completely before serving with creme freche or Greek yoghurt.

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I don't actually have a food processor, so I mixed the wet liquids and sunflower spread in a blender and mixed them with the dry in a mixing bowl. Blenders do not aerate the contents much so they're not great when you want to beat air into something. Fortunately the resulting batter is quite liquid so beating more air in isn't hard with this method.

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