Buns, fairy cakes, cupcakes, call them what you will, these little coconut cakes are deliciously light to eat and bright with citrus.
Controversial statement: I’m not a fan of cupcakes with as much frosting as cake. They look pretty but really, why not just shove your face in a bowl of buttercream? I have friends who would be happy to do that but the thought makes me queasy. This probably explains why my piping and icing skills are at the level of the average pre-schooler.
The coconut and lime buns might not win a beauty contest but they are ridiculously moreish. They’ll keep in a tin for a day or two but you’ll probably eat them all on the day they’re made. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
They are easy enough to make that the kids can get involved and quick to cook, perfect for impatient young (and older) chefs.
Coconut and Lime Buns
125 g self-raising flour
50g unsweetened desiccated coconut (flake coconut in the US)
100g caster sugar
125g softened butter
Zest of 2 limes
2 large eggs
About 2 tbsp milk
For the topping:
150g icing sugar
Juice of about 1 1/2 limes
25g to 50g desiccated coconut, toasted (depends how thickly you’d like them thatched)
Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Line a 12-hole bun tin with cupcake cases.
Put all the cake ingredients, except the milk, in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Or if mixing by hand, cream the butter and sugar, stir in the lightly beaten eggs with a bit of the flour, then beat in the remaining flour.
Add the milk a little at a time until you have a smooth dropping consistency. Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until risen and golden. As soon as they’re cool enough to handle, place them in their cases on a wire rack to cool completely.
Toast the remaining coconut in a dry pan over a low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Remove to a plate and leave to cool.
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add enough lime juice to give an icing thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Once the cakes are completely cold, spoon over the icing and top with a thatch of toasted coconut. Allow the icing to set before eating. [/ends]