chocolate, schmocolate…

Yes Yes It’s valentines day, let the hoo haaa begin, but before you jump on the chocolate bandwagon, consider this as a easy, delicious alternative.

This cake made made it’s way to me via my good Australian buddy Jesika and it’s been on the top of the recipe pile for awhile now, but I never seem to have any macadamia nuts on hand in the pantry… so it’s been quietly waiting patiently for me to remember to get some.  Unfortunately that never happened, but I do however have huge amounts of blanched almonds laying around and suddenly I could wait no longer to make this!  One of these days I will get macadamia nuts and try again.  You use whatever you have on hand.

Macadamia (or Almond) Coconut & Lime Cake

1 1/4 cup macadamia nuts (or blanched almonds)
1/3 c ap flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp  salt
6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Lime Icing
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest

Toasted coconut for garnish.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
Place nuts, flour, baking powder and salt in food processor,  pulse until nuts are finely ground. Beat egg yolks and sugar, with a whisk, until pale and creamy, fold in zest and coconut then nut mixture. The batter will be quite thick.  In a clean bowl of a standing mixter, whisk egg whites until stiff (but not dry) and then fold lightly into batter.  Pour into your prepared pan. Bake for 40 mins, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cake rest for 10 mins before unmolding.

Mix all the ingredients for lime icing and pour over cake.  Garnish with toasted coconut.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    YUM!!!

  2. Posted February 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god this looks good. Printed out, and will definitely use macadamia nuts!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      its very easy and really really good!

  3. jesika
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey Toni,

    Looks great! I love the toasted coconut garnish – I’ll definitely be adding that next time!!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      finally right, took me long enough, it was the elusive macadamia nuts!

  4. Sarah
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh Yum!


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