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Lemon Coconut Cake

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Lemon Coconut Cake

Australian MasterChef contestant Depinder Chhibber proves that you just can't go wrong with a classic. Her Lemon Coconut Cake recipe incorporates layers of lemon curd and lemon cream frosting to achieve a delicate balance of sweet, creamy, and tangy flavours.

Ingredients

Lemon curd

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 160 ml Lemon juice
  • 220 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 85 g Unsalted butter

Lemon cream frosting

  • 250 g Unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 250 g Cream cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Lemon curd or as desired

Lemon and coconut cake

  • 1 ¾ cups Plain flour
  • ¾ cup Desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ cup Caster sugar
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Bi carb soda
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Lemon curd

  • Whisk together all the ingredients except the butter, transfer this mixture into a glass bowl.
  • Using the Panasonic NN-CT56M Microwave, cook the lemon curd mixture at 1 minute increments whisking after each minute for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Once the mixture starts to thicken, add the butter cook the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds until the mixture is glossy.
  • Strain the mixture and keep aside to cool.

Lemon cream frosting

  • Whisk together butter, cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth, add the lemon curd and mix until incorporated.

Lemon and coconut cake

  • Cream the butter and sugar. Add the liquids, mix well and then add all the sifted dry ingredients to form a homogenous mixture.

To assemble the cake

  • Dry roast shaved coconut flakes until they’re brown in colour.
  • Slice the cake across into 3 even layers and using a piping bag, pipe the lemon cream frosting and the lemon curd.
  • Continue this process for the next layer and coat the cake in the lemon cream frosting, using a spatula to smoothen the sides and the top.
  • Sprinkle the roasted coconut flakes to coat the cake.