Recipe

Coconut and mascarpone cake

This impressive-looking dessert combines the beautiful creaminess of mascarpone cheese with sweet and tart strawberries and raspberries. This cake is lovely served at Christmas time or for birthday celebrations.

  • Serves 12
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • 7 hrs marinating

Ingredients

Coconut cake
  • 10 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup (280g) pure icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60g) almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 1/2 cup (120g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup (120g) shredded coconut
  • 500 gram small strawberries, halved lengthways
  • 500 gram raspberries
  • pure icing sugar, extra, to serve
Mascarpone filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 750 gram mascarpone

Method

Coconut and mascarpone cake
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Grease three large oven trays. Mark a 26cm circle on three sheets of baking paper, then turn over and place of the greased trays.
  • 2
    Beat the egg whites in the large of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar, beating until dissolved between additions. Gently fold int he sifted icing sugar, then the almond meal and coconuts.
  • 3
    Divide mixture evenly between three trays and spread within the marked circles. Smooth tops. Bake for about 1½ hours or until dry to touch. Cool in the oven with the door ajar.
  • 4
    Make mascarpone filling: Beat the egg, lemon rind and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and thick. Gradually fold in the mascarpone until just combined.
  • 5
    Reserve 24 small, even-sized strawberry halves. Gently fold remaining strawberries into mascarpone filling.
  • 6
    Gently invert each coconut disc and remove the baking paper. Place a coconut disc on a large serving plate. Use the removable base of a flan tin to help move the disks.
  • 7
    Cover the disc with half the mascarpone filling and spread almost to the edge. Arrange 12 strawberry halves around the edge; top with the second disk. Press gently but firmly. Top with the remaining mascarpone filling; arrange remaining halved stawberries around the outside, then position the last disk.
  • 8
    Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  • 9
    To serve the cake, top with the raspberries and dust lightly with the extra sifted icing sugar.

Notes

Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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