haha I know, its not Tuesday. So let’s just overlook that.
**Scroll down to get to the recipe…I do a little blah blah blah-ing for the next 47 seconds or so**
I have been keeping myself away from my laptop lately; we’re having a love/hate type of relationship at the moment. You see, summer is finally here [somewhat]. Even though its been raining quite a bit, the weather has been somewhat hot. And for some reason, we have yet to turn on the AC in the house which makes our main floor quite humid.
I’ve used it so much, it is even wearing off!
Now, I don’t recall having this issue with my old laptop, my trusty Toshiba (r.i.p), but since my palms get sweaty in the summer, my finger hurts whenever I use this Lenovo cursor pad thingy (what is it called?) It’s just not smooth. I don’t know how to describe it but there’s a bit of friction there and well there’s only so much pain my finger is willing to handle on a regular basis (scrolling up & down is now one of my least favourite things)
Well…this issue wont last all summer. I ordered a mouse (actually I ordered 2, my mom decided she wanted one too) from ebay about 3.5 weeks ago. It hasn’t arrived yet. I’m sure once it gets here I’ll start loving my laptop again. But for now we can only spent a couple of hours per week with each other..So I’ve been keeping myself busy doing other things. I will post pics soon! Im uploading all pics from cell phone to dropbox as we speak.
Anywho, on Tuesday I felt like experimenting. I sat down with a cup of coffee and realized I wanted something sweet to go with my coffee. I didn’t want to grab my laptop and search for a recipe (obviously!) so I decided I would try to do my own thing. And that’s what I did. I made a yummy coconut & cranberry cake!
I’m quite happy with how it turned out. The cake itself is very moist and tasty. I’m not happy with my impromptu icing. So I will have to try it out again and see if I can perfect it. Although I’m pretty sure the icing failed because I ran out of margarine (and we don’t keep butter in the house).
So here are the ingredients:
- half a bag of cranberries (I only had frozen ones – and this amount is really a preference. Start by adding a cup at a time until you have what you consider “enough”)
- 1/2 cup soy milk (regular milk, almond milk could also work)
- 1 tbsp vinegar or 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cups margarine
- 1/3 cup evoo
- 1 1/2 tsp almond extract (I used this because I bought it but had yet to use it – it really gives the cake that extra flavouring it needs)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly grease a cake pan (I believe the one I used was a 9″ rectangular one.)
- In a small bowl, mix soy milk & vinegar. You want it to curdle so it needs to sit for at least 5 mins. If you don’t have vinegar, you can use freshly squeezed lime juice!
- In a large bowl, mix in margarine, sugar & almond extract until nice & creamy (I used my mixer for this – it’s much faster!)
- Add in evoo and mix well.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder & salt. Mix in the zest of 1 lime (I used a hand held grater and kept on “rolling” the lime)
- Slowly add in flour mixture to sugar/margarine mixture (medium bowl to large bowl). At this time, also add in curdled milk. I added about 1 tbsp of curdled milk with every flour addition – sort of alternating between the two.
- Mix until mixture is fluffy.
- Fold in cranberries and coconut.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. (I baked my cake for 42 minutes, turned off oven, and left cake inside for another 6 minutes).
Now for the icing…well since that part didn’t quite work, I will hold off sharing it. Like I mentioned, I ran out of margarine and was clueless as to how to make the icing thicken up. But now that I think about it, I guess I could have boiled the milk for a while…
I’ll be making this cake again – I picked up a bag of frozen berries – so I’ll have yet another chance at making this with icing. Although I like it without icing…and I have a feeling I wont remember to decrease the sugar content in the batter…
If you try out this recipe, please let me know what you think!! Thanks for stopping by & have an insanely magnificent weekend! 🙂