Mother’s Day brunch – a coconut & berry cupcake dessert recipe

Peeking into the oven a couple minutes before they were done and my first thoughts were oh my god, how did I fail again. They had barely risen and were looking somewhat sunken in. How could I have a mother’s day brunch without the finishing dessert? However, when I took one bite I changed my mind. Buttery, moist and rich but at the same time fresh and aromatic – they were perfect and had the perfect texture.

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Coconut & Berry Cupcake

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Birthday Cake – Layered sponge with fresh cream, plums and mixed berry

I made this cake for my dad’s birthday today. Trying to be adventurous I attempted to make an orange flavoured buttercream for the first time but it didn’t go so well. The meringue looked alright but after adding the butter it went all grainy and horrible.. So back to my usual, fresh whipped cream! Luckily I had a few plums in the fridge so I chopped those up finely and mixed it through. I then scattered a few on top along with a few berries. In fact, I think it looks better than it would’ve otherwise!

Unfortunately I made the cake the night before and the fresh fruit went a little limp but it tasted good in the end and that’s good enough for me. I’ve listed my (first!) recipe which isn’t really a recipe but more a rough account of what I did.

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

The recipe is for a basic sponge. All in cup measurements (and to be honest it doesn’t really matter too much if it’s not too precise). Makes 1 small cake.  Continue reading