Sweet

Jam and Coconut Loaf Cake

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After my golden syrup cake a couple of weeks ago I fancied trying another loaf cake. They’re really easy to make but very yummy. Although there were a couple of recipes of this one I decided to make my own up instead. The best thing is you just mix everything in one bowl and pour straight into the loaf tin without too much messing. I like jam and coconut although my husband isn’t too keen on the coconut but we will see what he thinks anyway.

Ingredients

  • 200g Self raising flour
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 175g Unsalted butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 50g Desiccated Coconut

Decoration

  • 3 tbsp Raspberry or strawberry jam
  • Desiccated coconut

First, preheat the oven to 200C / 180C fan and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.

Next I used a stand mixer to mix the butter and sugar together first just to make sure there were no lumps in there. Then all you need to do is add the rest of the ingredients. As always, make sure you don’t overmix, it just needs to come together. If its a little thick just add a splash of milk.

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Once it’s ready, pour it straight into the tin then put it into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Just keep an eye on it and check it with a skewer or see when its come away from the sides of a tin. My oven is very temperamental so I am used to having to wing it!

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When it’s done, take it out and let it cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack until it’s cooled completely.

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When you are ready to decorate, put the jam in a small bowl and stir it with a spoon until it’s loosened a bit and spreadable. You could also just give it a quick 10 seconds in the microwave. Then spread it onto the top of the cake right to the edges before sprinkling with a bit of desiccated coconut – I’ve not specified an amount, just sprinkle on as much as you like!

This cake turned out lovely and light and even my coconut hating husband admitted it was really nice. Safe to say it didn’t last long at work! There was just enough coconut in the cake without it being overpowering. I’m quite keen on these loaf cakes now so might have to try a few other combinations!

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