Our Untraditional Christmas Cake... Malibu and Coconut Cake

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

For years, I diligently stirred, baked, fed and then marzipanned and iced a traditional Christmas cake for the family, each year. And then I realised I was the only one eating it. And so I changed tradition, at least in our family. Each year, I make a very untraditional cake, but one that still appeals to the Christmas spirit (often literally; they usually end up laced with booze).

This year, it was the turn of Nigella's Coconut Cake (How to be a Domestic Goddess, page 23).

malibu cake

I made the cake the day before Christmas Eve, so we had something to leave out for Santa on the big night. It was really simple. You just soak some desiccated coconut in some boiling water and stir this into a standard vanilla cake batter. After it's baked and cooled, it's cut in half (I used one large tin rather than two small sandwich tins) and then spread with a buttercream icing laced with Malibu and with toasted desiccated coconut stirred into it. After it's pressed together, you whip up some runny-ish Royal icing (made with yet more Malibu) and drizzle it over the top, so the white icing falls down the sides, a bit like snow.


We loved it - if you're ever after a non-traditional Christmas cake then do consider this one... it might make it onto next year's menu too...

malibu cake nigella

Did you have a traditional Christmas cake? Or something less traditional? Share your un-traditional Christmas cake ideas in the comments box below....


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