Yes, I know it’s fete season because hot on the heels of publishing a recipe for Old Fashioned Rock Cakes, I got an email from a friend asking for suggestions about what to make for a cake stall. Whilst Rock Cakes are an option, I have another old favourite up my sleeve for those who may not be so confident (though trust me, Rock Cakes are not difficult).
You may be reading this and thinking ‘How can it be Fete Season?’ It’s May. It’s too cold’. Not in Queensland. In spring or summer it’s far too hot for schools to hold their fetes. There would be bodies passed out everywhere. Instead, we hold school fetes in May, June and even July, when the skies are blue and the weather more temperate. Having said that, everyone still gets about in hats and sunscreen. There is no day off from that fierce sun.
Where Has All The Greaseproof Gone?
Chocolate Coconut Slice is a little taste of yesterday. When I tasted the first piece of this slice after a gap of around 40 years, the memories came flooding back. The icing in particular was my own little Proustian madeleine moment. Though my mum is no baker, I recall her making a version of this on a semi regular basis to put in our lunch boxes. I think it may have been wrapped in good old greaseproof paper. That’s something you don’t see around much anymore. She also made a simple coconut slice with lemon icing, her version being baked rather than the uncooked condensed milk version.
This recipe comes from Taste.com.au. My minor adaptation has been to add shredded coconut to the mix and coconut chips for decoration. This is simply due to the fact that I had no desiccated coconut on hand, when I decided to make this. The taste remains unaltered. I’d like to think there’s a gaggle of Gen X parents out there who will see this Chocolate Coconut Slice on the cake stall and have their hands in their pockets, fishing out some change so they too can partake of this taste of yesteryear.
Chocolate Coconut Slice
- 150g butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup plain flour
- 1/3 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut, desiccated or shredded
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 20g butter, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- coconut to decorate
- Place melted butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and mix until well combined
- Sift flours and cocoa into bowl and add coconut. Mix to combine.
- Grease a lamington or slice tin (approx 20cm x 30cm) and line with baking paper. Place mixture into lined tray and spread out evenly with spoon.
- Bake in a 180c oven for 20 – 25 minutes until slice is firm (but not hard) to touch.
- Remove the Chocolate Coconut Slice slice from oven and allow to cool slightly whilst icing is prepared.
- Icing: sift icing sugar and cocoa into a heatproof bowl. Add butter to mixture and add 1 tbspn of boiling water and start mixing. Add second tbspn boiling water and continue to mix until butter has melted and mixture is combined.
- Pour icing over warm slice and spread with a knife. Sprinkle with coconut to decorate as desired and set aside to allow slice to cool.
- Slice into pieces in tin, once fully cooled.
Makes 12 or 24 pieces
Did you make this for your children or have this in your own lunch box? What cake or biscuit takes you down memory lane?