Today I decided to make a cake.
A cake so delicious that it is only possible to happen in a day like today.
A cake for a day that only comes every two years! Yes, that’s the reason and the motivation to bake this one.
29th of February, the day of the Leap Year, that comes full of superstitions and legends.
Here in Ireland, where I live now, the main “thing” about this date is that… if a woman asks a man for their hand in marriage today, the poor soul cannot deny her wish.
I have my own “thing” about this day. As I am already married and happily married, I just like to make something wonderful for my wonderful husband. A sweet tooth he is, nothing better than a special dessert to be savoured, without the fear of being a sugar trap for that ,oh so dreaded question for blokes.
For the singleton gals still out there, all I have to say is, try showing your desired one this treat before you pop the question. Just to prove the point that you can be a good choice in the food department, and also to leave him with his mouth watering. But only give him a slice if the answer is correct. We are very politically correct lassies these days, we don’t waste good food, unless it’s for a good cause.
Ok, so let’s bake:
170 gr butter
300 gr caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
20o ml coconut milk
50 gr desiccated coconut (optional)
1/2 tsp of salt
250 gr self-raising flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
For the top:
200 ml coconut milk
100 gr desiccated coconut
40 gr light brown soft sugar
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C and butter a large round tin.
Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating in well.
Then beat in the vanilla and the coconut milk.
Add the desiccated coconut and the salt, mix it.
At last add the sieved flour and the baking powder. Fold carefully until all is combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin, and bake for about 1 hour.
Leave to cool in the tin. After it has cooled down, pierce the top of the cake with a fork several times.
For the top, heat the coconut milk, the desiccated coconut and the sugar until all the sugar is dissolved. Don’t worry if it the misture is still very liquid.
Pour this liquid over the cake, that should be still in the tin.
The syrup will penetrate the cake and make it really moist, and the desiccated coconut will sit on top of the cake looking delicious.
Let it sit there for a few hours to absorb the syrup.
Cut into slices and serve to your loved one.
Expect only YES in response to it.