On a lazy Saturday afternoon, when a friend called me to say she was in the neighborhood and she was going to stop for a visit, I immediately head to the kitchen to prepare something to serve to her. You see, I am from the countryside of Minas Gerais and hospitality means food, it's unthinkable to have a guest and not have some homemade food to offer to them.
At first, I did not know what to cook, but as I always have an emergency kit to bake a cake: sugar, butter, flour and eggs, I decided to bake a cake.
In Brazil, it's very common to have cake with coffee, milk, tea, or fresh fruit juice for an afternoon meal, we call it lanche, a small portion-meal served between lunch and dinner.
This cake is easy, quick and delicious, it does not require fancy techniques or ingredients, just mix everything in a blender and pour the mixture into a cake pan. It's all about the rich sweet scents of baking a cake.
Coconut Milk Cake in a Blender
♥ 1/2 cup milk
♥ 200 ml coconut milk
♥ 1 1/2 cup sugar
♥ 2 cups all-purpose flour
♥ 6 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
♥ 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract (about)
♥ 1 tbsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F.
With the exception of the baking powder, puree all the ingredients in a blender in the order they are above.
When well mixed add the baking powder and blend a little more, about 20 seconds.
Butter and flour a cake pan (any round cake pan you'll do).
Bake on the middle oven rack for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick place near the center comes out clean.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack, and let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes.
I said it was a simple cake, right? But sometimes I have a problem, I get carried away and does not know when to stop. This cake is simply yummy as it is, it does not need any frosting or glaze, but I wanted to impress my friend, so I decided to add some simple crème to coat the cake.
Sweetened Condensed Milk & Lime Cream (to coat the cake)
♥ 1 can condensed milk
♥ juice of 1 1/2 lime
♥ lime zest and berries to garnish
With a fork whisk together the lime juice and the condensed milk until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Spread the frosting with a knife and sprinkle some lime zest. Pretty easy, right?
I know my friend loves berries so I treat her with them as well. Besides being nutritious berries are so pretty, it's a way to dress up any cake, don't you agree?