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American style Christmas coconut cake

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singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 10:05:42

So I have just been reading online about the cocnut cake some Americans have for Christmas - all the recipes I can find use American measurements though. Anyone made this before - is it worth it? And anyone got a British recipe?

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 10:36:15

I'm a yank who does a good bit of baking and I'm afraid I've never even heard of a Christmas coconut cake. However I've now found the recipes and it looks great. I'll have to give it a go this year.

The measurements should be easy enough to convert.

clairethewitch70 Mon 13-Nov-17 10:38:02

Just buy some cup measures. They sell them in Homesense & Asda and probably plenty of other places.

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 11:06:44

How do you typically measure dry ingredients in the UK?

singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 11:07:56

Grams or ounces MissConduct. Eg our butter usually comes in a block of 350g

singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 11:08:34

Is this not a usual American cake then? It looks so yum. Though I would like to make smaller versions as I think I am the only one in my house who would like it.

singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 11:08:52

250g not 350g. sorry typo

HurtyTeeth Mon 13-Nov-17 11:13:42

youtu.be/MavPEBrvoU8

This cake looks the mutts nuts and uses grams measurements - make this OP and then report back. I'm dying to bake this but. I've not time with this newborn of mine.

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 11:44:59

Is this not a usual American cake then? It looks so yum.

It does look yum. smile

Based on where I found the recipes I think it's a regional tradition in the American South. I'm in New England (New York) where the Xmas food traditions are somewhat different..

Do give it go. I think I will as well, possibly a trial run at Thanksgiving.

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 11:46:37

Grams or ounces MissConduct.

So you'd measure flour or sugar this way? Here it's 8 ounce cups or fractions thereof.

eeanne Mon 13-Nov-17 11:49:17

Can’t say I’ve ever heard of it! Also American. But sounds nice smile

We tend to do more cookies at Christmas in the Northeast, maybe more German/Scandinavian influence.

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 11:53:26

We tend to do more cookies at Christmas in the Northeast,

And pies of course - apple at our house.

Gunpowder Mon 13-Nov-17 11:58:11

American cup measurements are different to uk ones just to mess with your head! There are conversion charts online.

fatshitcrazy Mon 13-Nov-17 12:00:24

Ive just googled this and now I want it!
Stupid question all the recipes Ive seen say to use all purpose flour - is that equivalent to plain or self raising flour?

eeanne Mon 13-Nov-17 12:02:55

AP = plain flour

ImGoingForATwix Mon 13-Nov-17 12:04:23

Nigella has a Christmas coconut cake recipe in one of her books. I think it's called a snowball cake. Looks amazing.

ImGoingForATwix Mon 13-Nov-17 12:06:58

Edit to add: it's in her latest book, 'at my table' so I don't think it'll be online yet. I can take a pic of the recipe as I have the book but not sure if that's allowed on here?

timeisnotaline Mon 13-Nov-17 12:08:29

I am really really hoping a pic is allowed twix
Are these like coconut angel food cakes people mean? I can't picture them.

ImGoingForATwix Mon 13-Nov-17 12:08:46

Here goes anyway.

ImGoingForATwix Mon 13-Nov-17 12:11:34

Nigella says the frosting is like the inside of a tunnocks teacake - I was sold at that point! I'm going to give it a bash this year instead of a normal Christmas cake.

Hope the pics are clear enough. The quality seems to diminish slightly on here.

Gunpowder Mon 13-Nov-17 12:21:09

OMG twix that looks incredible.

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 12:37:51

We tend to do more cookies at Christmas in the Northeast

eeanne, what are your favorite Christmas cookies (biscuits for the Brits reading)? I do sugar cookies cut into Xmas shapes with colored sprinkles, chocolate chip, peanut butter and coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate. And if I'm feeling really adventurous candy-cane cookies.

Twix, what lovely rings!

singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 12:39:57

wow twix thank you - am going to save that now in case the powers that be have it removed@! I was just thinking that I would tell my kids it was snowball cake.

eeanne Mon 13-Nov-17 13:11:27

Sure - not exactly the handwritten ones my mother has but very similar recipes:

Jam thumbprints allrecipes.com/recipe/9618/thumbprint-cookies-i/

Soft gingerbread cookies www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/big-soft-ginger-cookies

MissConductUS Mon 13-Nov-17 13:24:29

I did the jam thumbprints last Xmas for the first time and everyone loved them. So easy too.

Thanks for the links. smile

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