30 June 2010

Yoghurt Week - Day Three & NCR Winner

A cake for day three of Yoghurt Week. One I have made twice now. The flavour of coconut and orange together is just glorious and the texture of the cake is really fluffy. This cake is a joy to make and a joy to eat.

The first cake I frosted with orange icing and topped with giant buttons. As you will see from both cakes, my icing skills leave a lot to be desired. The second cake was baked for my friend Trudi's birthday and the icing was supposed to be orange once again. I know it is red, really, really red. What can I say, except food colouring bottles need a redesign. A dripper would be much easier for a clutz like me. Splut and red cake it is! Trudi loved her cake, so that's the main thing.

Frosted Coconut Orange Cake
adapted from Cakes
by Rachel Lane & Carla Bardi

½ cup milk
½ cup Total Greek Yoghurt
¾ cup shredded coconut
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ cup/125g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
zest of 1 orange
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt


2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Colour as required.

In a bowl mix together the milk, yoghurt, coconut and orange juice. Cover the bowl and leave to stand while you work on the rest of the cake.

Preheat the oven to 170f/325c/gas mark 3. Line your cake tin with greaseproof paper or a liner. My cake tin is a 9 inch/23cm one, but if your tin is slightly different then just keep an eye on the cake as it gets near to the end of baking.

In a large bowl beat together the sugar, butter and orange zest until light and creamy then add the eggs one at a time, continuing to beat as you do so. Gradually beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Adding some of the coconut mixture after each addition of flour until it is all used.

Spoon the cake mixture into your pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Check the cake is ready by inserting a skewer, toothpick or as my mum does, a fine knitting needle. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done.

For the frosting mix together the melted butter and icing sugar and add a little orange juice at a time until you have the desired consistency. Add colour at this point, if you wish.

And on to other news, we have a winner for this month's No Croutons Required.

This month's challenge was to create a vegetarian soup or salad featuring the humble courgette or zucchini as it is sometimes known and it was a humdinger of a round. All the entries were so varied and mouth-watering. I am sure it was hard for everyone to choose, but one entry took the lead and was triumphant.

So, without further ado I would like to congratulate Vanessa from Sweet Artichoke, who won with her luscious Zucchini and Lentils Cold Soup. And to tie-in nicely with Yoghurt Week, I would like to point out that the soup contains yoghurt. He, he, it couldn't have worked out better.


  1. Who would not appreciate either of those cakes - the red maybe a little startling, but I bet it tasted yummy just the same. Yogurt does wonderful things to cake - I'm really impressed with it.

  2. Thanks Choclette. I really wasn't sure about the red, but I had just run out of time and didn't have time to make another batch of frosting. Oh well.

  3. I agree with Choclette the red is rather eye-catching!, but I'd still take a piece happily.

    Also Congraulations to Vanessa on winning this months NCR challenge.

  4. OMG! I am so thrilled by the news! Thanks so much! The event was much fun and all the dishes are mouthwatering! Thanks again!
    The yogurt cakes are delicious and I love your red icing! Very festive!

  5. It's not a colour I would have chosen Mangocheeks :)

    Hey Vanessa, congratulations, it is a fab soup. I have emailed you your winning badge to display on your blog.

  6. I love the idea of a yogurt cake! I think both of your cakes are gorgeous, especially with the beautiful decorations! Also, as a red velvet cake fan, I have a special fondness for red cakes... :-)

  7. Love the beautiful color of the cake. I don't cook enough with yogurt, something I need to work on.

  8. I'm really enjoy the yogurt posts. Total (the full fat version) is perhaps one of the best yogurts I've ever eaten. I once mistakenly bought the 0% stuff and almost cried - it's just not the same (especially when you're looking for an indulgence!). I actually like the red cake.

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  10. Thanks Astra :)

    There are so many ways to use it, I could probably go on for a month TB, but I wouldn't want to over egg the pudding, so to speak.

    It is gorgeous, isn't it Monica? I quite like the 0% one, it is still better than any other yoghurt, but you are right that the full fat one is the ultimate yoghurt :)

  11. The cakes look delicious - I love your icing -made with love. Well done to the NCR winner - a very deserving winner as this looks delicious. Thanks for hosting the event. Love Lucie x

  12. Thanks Lucie, made with love is a much nicer way to describe my icing :)

  13. that cake looks wonderful - I love yoghurt in cakes and orange goes so well with it - the icing on your cakes makes me smile - I know how hard it is to get the right amount - the recipe might say as required for the food colouring but in actuality it is often as it comes.

  14. Thanks Johanna. Don't you think a dropper in the lid would help?

  15. Wow doe sthat cake look yummy! Just what you need with a nice afternoon cuppa ;0)

  16. Big congratulations to Vanessa on her well deserved win.

    Those cakes look fantastic - I wouldn't have thought to put coconut and orange together - thanks for the idea :-}}

  17. Omg love the sound of this cake! The cakes look great but I especially love the orange one with the big chocolate buttons and sprinkles ;o)


  18. Jacqueline, how much coconut goes in the recipe, its missing from the ingredients ;o)


  19. It is a lovely combination Brownieville Girl :)

    Thanks Maria and see I am a clutz, will just chack the recipe and amend it. Glad you noticed :)

    3/4 cup of shredded coconut

  20. Mm I've always wanted to make a yogurt cake! This one looks so nice and soft, and I love that there's coconut in it.

  21. The flavours are just gorgeous Ashley and it is a lovely soft cake :)

  22. The instructions mention eggs but I don't see any eggs in the list of ingredients - how many should be used, please?

  23. Whoops, I forgot to add the eggs to the list of ingredients. I will check and get back to you. Sorry about that :)


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