Mango, cardamom and coconut cake

Mango, cardamom and coconut cake
  • Serves icon Serves 8-10
  • Time icon Hands-on time 25 min, oven time 20-25min

In this mango cake recipe, Chetna Makan has brought together three of her favourite ingredients to make a lovely celebration cake that looks beautiful and tastes brilliant, too.

The freshness of the flavour combination also makes this a perfect summer dessert.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
668
Fat
47.2g (sat fat 30.2g)
Protein
7.5g
Carbohydrates
51.7g (36.7g sugars)
Fibre
2.9g
Salt
0.5
Calories
668
Fat
47.2g (sat fat 30.2g)
Protein
7.5g
Carbohydrates
51.7g (36.7g sugars)
Fibre
2.9g
Salt
0.5

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom (seeds from 10-12 pods pounded in a pestle and mortar)
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream

For the filling and decoration

  • 300g double cream
  • 200g mascarpone cheese
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 ripe mangoes, stoned and peeled

You’ll also need…

  • 2 x 18cm round cake tins, greased and base-lined with non-stick baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/ gas 4. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, ground cardamom and eggs and mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Fold in the desiccated coconut and coconut cream.
  2. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins.
  3. To make the filling, whisk the cream, mascarpone and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is thick. Chop the flesh of 1 mango into small pieces and fold it into the cream. Cut the flesh of the other mango into thin strips or cubes, as desired.
  4. To assemble, cut each cake horizontally into 2 equal layers. Put 1 layer on a serving plate and spread over it a quarter of the cream icing. Align another cake layer on top and repeat the layering process, ending with a layer of cream icing on the top of the cake. Decorate the top with fresh mango strips or cubes and serve. Leave to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe from The Cardamom Trail published by Mitchell Beazley, £20 (octopusbooks.co.uk). Photograph: Nassima Rothacker

delicious. tips

  1. Watch Chetna making this cake, here:

  2. This cake will keep chilled, in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe By

Chetna Makan

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