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Coffee cakes with coconut macaroon topping

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Makes 12

These are so cute and combine my favourite flavours of coffee, caramel and toasted coconut. You could even add some pre-soaked, finely chopped dates for a cheat’s version of sticky date cake. Enjoy freshly baked for afternoon tea or serve warm with a dollop of thickened cream and a swirl of honey for a dinner party dessert.

  • 130g butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1½ cups thread coconut

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Spray a 12-cup muffin tray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes with an electric beater until pale and fluffy. Add dissolved coffee and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in flour with the milk, stirring until smooth, then spoon into muffin tray.
  3. Whisk egg whites and caster sugar until soft and fluffy, then fold in the coconut. Spoon a dollop of coconut mixture onto each cup of the muffin tray, covering the top of each. Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden on top.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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