Layer Cake with Coconut Citrus Filling

    Layer Cake with Coconut Citrus Filling

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    This is a very special cake, four layers of cake with an orange, lemon and coconut filling. It is very rich and delicious, perfect for a special occasion like Christmas.

    Makes: 1 layer cake

    • Cake
    • 2 cups raisins
    • 2 cups shredded coconut
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 250g butter
    • 2 cups (440g) sugar
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 6 egg whites
    • Filling
    • 2 cups (440g) sugar
    • 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 2 lemons, peeled and seeded
    • 2 oranges, peeled and seeded
    • 2 cups shredded coconut

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour four 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Toss together the raisins, coconut and pecans in 1 cup of the flour until coated. Set aside.
    3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in yolks one at a time. Sift together remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, stirring until blended. Fold in raisin, pecan and coconut mixture.
    4. In a clean bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks develop. Fold into batter until no streaks remain.
    5. Divide batter into prepared cake tins (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups per tin). Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in their tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to finish cooling.
    6. Filling: Mix the sugar and flour in a saucepan then add water and stir until dissolved. Chop lemons and oranges into small pieces and add to saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until thick; about 10 minutes. Stir in coconut. Allow to cool.
    7. To Assemble: Layer the cake with filling between each layer, ending with a layer of filling on top.

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