Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake next to the Breville Benchtop Oven.

Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake

To celebrate the festive season, award-winning pastry chef Lauren Eldridge has created a series of special Christmas desserts to wow family and guests. On today’s menu: Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake.

Serves 12

Prep time 60 minutes

Cook 45 minutes

Gingerbread Cake Ingredients

810 gm plain flour

5 tsp baking powder

2 tsp fine salt

7 tsp ground ginger

7 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cardamom

385 gm unsalted butter, at room temperature

335 gm granulated sugar

245 gm dark brown sugar

7 large eggs, at room temperature

540 gm golden syrup

2 ½ tsp vanilla paste

400 gm milk

Shredded coconut, for decorating

3 coconut chocolate truffles, for decorating

Coconut Buttercream Ingredients

6 egg whites

1/2 tsp fine salt

270 gm caster sugar

415 gm butter, softened

105 gm coconut oil, at room temperature (solid)

Gingerbread Biscuit Ingredients

350 gm plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cloves

¼ tsp nutmeg

150 gm dark-brown sugar

125 gm unsalted butter, softened

1 egg

80 gm golden syrup

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tbs hot water

Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake next to the Breville Benchtop Oven.
Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake pictured next to Breville The Smart Oven Air Fryer – available at Harvey Norman


Gingerbread and Coconut Layered Cake Method

1. To make gingerbread cake, preheat oven to 180⁰C fan-forced. Grease three 20cm-round cake tins and line the base and sides with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.

3. Place the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat for 5 minutes or until pale and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl regularly.

4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition, then add golden syrup and vanilla and mix until combined.

5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour mix. Mix well with each addition.

6. Divide the cake batter between the three tins. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Stand the cake in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Once completely cool, use a serrated knife to trim the top of the cakes so they are flat.

7. For coconut buttercream, combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and place over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring bowl does not touch water. Whisk until mixture is just above blood temperature and the sugar has dissolved.

8. Spread 150gm icing onto 2 of the layers and top with the final cake. Place 200gm icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and set aside. Use the remaining icing to cover the sides and top of the cake. Gently press the shredded coconut into the icing on sides and top of cake.

9. To decorate top of cake, pipe three large rounds of icing and top with the coconut chocolates. Sprinkle over more coconut and add the gingerbread biscuits.

10. Place on the stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk for 10 minutes until stiff peaks form and the bottom of the bowl is cool to the touch. Add coconut oil, a tablespoon at a time, whisking well between each addition. Add butter, a tablespoon at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Continue whisking until light and fluffy. Store refrigerated if not using immediately, but bring to room temperature before spreading on the cake.

11. To make gingerbread biscuits, sift together flour, bi-carbonate of soda and spices. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until pale. Add egg and mix well to combine, followed by the golden syrup. Stir in the flour mixture until a dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and store refrigerated for 30 minutes.

12. Preheat oven to 180⁰C and line baking trays with baking paper. Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick. Cut out shapes with Christmas-themed cutters, transfer to baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool completely. For icing, combine sugar and water in a bowl until smooth, then cover with plastic wrap until ready to use to prevent it drying out. To decorate, spread icing over gingerbread and transfer to a wire rack to set.

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