Saturday, April 25

Cake and crockery

I have an embarrassingly huge collection of mismatched crockery - much of it in storage to avoid attracting the disapproval of the Curse, who thinks that all crockery should be white.
I'm going to show you a few of my favourite bits and pieces over the coming weeks. Here's my endearingly camp 'Matador' plate by manufacturer Broadhurst, made in the mid to late 1950s I believe, and donated to my collection by Suze the Flooze. It is shown sporting a slice of The Best Cake This Year - a moist coconut sponge with homemade blackberry jam filling.


*Some time later...

Coconut cake

6oz/175g butter, softened
6oz/175g caster sugar
6oz/175g self-raising flour
1.5tsp baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
2oz/50g dessicated coconut
2tbsp coconut cream or single cream

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4. Butter two 8" sandwich tins and line the bases with greaseproof paper.
Mix butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs in a food processor (or beat by hand as I did) for 2-3 mins till smooth.
Stir in coconut and cream.
Divide between the sandwich tins and smooth the tops. Bake for 25-30 mins till the tops are nice and brown.
Loosen the edges then leave in the tins for another five mins before turning out to cool.
Spread with jam, sandwich together.


pixlkitten said...

How cool would it be to serve tapas on that plate??!! How cruel of you not to link a recipe for that cake!

knit nurse said...

oops, I apologise for my failing. In truth I was too lazy to go downstairs and get the recipe book off the shelf and type it in. I promise to do better next time!

Rowan said...

its obviously coconut season, I made some coconut ice cream yesterday.

H, that is a truly truly bad plate :)

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