This time I want to share a real childhood memory. This is the cake I always asked my mom to bake for my birthday and I loved it!
Since I moved a few 100kms away from my parents years ago, I didn’t get the coconut torte for birthdays on a regular basis (I asked my mom to send it via mail, but obviously it is not wise to send cream unchilled…). As a result I almost forgot this delicacy until I saw some Rafaello’s at my local supermarkt check-out counter which reminded me of the taste. I was thinking about the cake for a few days and considered if it is a good idea to bake a cream-tarte just for myself. But then I figured out that I should invite some friends to help me with this to avoid a sugar overdose. Even though it is a great recipe, I recommend not to eat the whole cake if you plan to test it :)
For the sponge:
5 eggs (separated)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
For the cream topping:
100g grated coconut
4 cups cream (à 200ml)
2 sachets of whip-it (‘Sahnesteif’)
200g white chocolate
1. Whisk stiff the egg whites with a pinch of salt. Stir the egg yolks with the sugar, until it gets creamy. Sieve flour and baking powder ofter the eggs and sugar and mix. Gently fold the egg whites in.
Fill it into a greased spring form and bake it at 175°C for 15-20min until it is baked (it is important that it is not too dark!)
2. Heat one cup of cream and add the chocolate until it is liquid (do not cook it!). Whip the remaining cream with the ‘whip it’.
3. Cut the sponge lengthwise in 2/3 and 1/3. The smaller piece is the bottom of the cake. You have to pick the larger one to small pieces. Mix the pieces to the liquid chocolat, coconut grates and whipped cream.
4. Fill the topping onto the bottom. You can use the spring form rand to have an even result. But I prefer the shape of a hill, because my mother always said it looks just like a snow hill this way.
5. After you have the shape you want you can decorate the torte as you like. I used some coconut grates to underline the snow effect. Coconut grates are great if you want to use some food colouring. I am thinking about pink grates on the white ground to get a marshmellow look or something… (I have to bake it again soon!!).
6. After you are happy with the look you have to put it in the fridge for at least 3 hours and allow the torte to rest.