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>> Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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Rosie from What's the recipe today Jim? is hosting this month Jihva for Ingredients with the theme of GINGER, which she described as “hot, spicy and incredibly versatile”. For this event, I am going to submit those little Ginger Coconut Cakes.

I initially thought that my cakes should be featured in the last edition of JFI when the theme was coconut. In fact, the original recipe entitled Coco Au Miel (Coconut Honey Cake) from this beautiful book did not even contain ginger at all. But having made the cakes a number of times, I felt that a touch of ginger would work beautifully here.

And it did turned out well. The warming aroma matched perfectly with the rich and creamy flavour of coconut. The ginger was not overwhelming but just enough to add a mysterious note. The cake was better eating warm since the ginger fragrance came out more.

Next time I may try cardamom after seeing Gattina’s incredible Coconut & cardamom candy (Burfi)!

Ginger Coconut Cakes

Recipe adapted from Paris Boulangerie-Patisserie: Recipes from Thirteen Outstanding French Bakeries

Ingredients (for 10 muffin-size cakes)

310 ml milk

tsp honey

230g shredded coconut

110g sugar

70g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsps or more of ground ginger

2 large eggs, well beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line 10 muffin tins with paper cups.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk and honey to a boil then remove from the heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl. Combine coconut, sugar, flour, ground ginger and baking powder. Slowly add the milk mixture and stir until smooth.
  4. Stir in eggs until well combined (the mixture is quite liquid)
  5. Pour the mixture into paper cups, filling them nearly full
  6. Bake for about 25-30 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.


Gattina 8:45 PM  

Your photo has such a beautiful warm and soft lighting, remind me a morning sun light, yeah, good time to have good cake like yours! Your cake must be soft and tender too as I see a lot of milk in the recipe!
The book you mentioned look fantastic!!! Will make a good V day gift *hint to my husband, heheee* And thanks for mentioning my burfi :D

Angie 11:51 PM  

Mmmmmm.. these cupcakes looks good. Haven't had cupcakes for quite some time, now longing for some after seeing these :)

WhItE_PoPlAr 4:43 PM  

Gattina, thank you. Yes, hint hint to your husband. The book is quite good although I have not baked a lot from it!

Angie, mmmm... I love coconut hence the cake is my fav! ;)

Crevettes a la soupe de bisous 12:13 AM  

Thank you for these comforting treats thats I really loved!

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