Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too! How many times have you been asked to bake for a last minute work morning tea? How often has your boss assumed that just because you’re a woman you’d love to spend all evening slaving away in the kitchen baking cake for tomorrow’s clients? Don’t they know you’ll be at work till 7 finishing the prep work for the last minute meeting that was called and then there’s still a yoga class, a healthy dinner to cook and friends to catch up with over wine?! Luckily Hedy is here to help, with a week full of quick recipes to convince your colleagues you really are the perfect modern woman.
We have a few special guests lined up, friends of ours who like baking and eating cake almost as much as we do. The meat in the Hedy sandwich is food bloggers Harriet and Kitty and my boyfriend Pete, who gave his coworkers a run for their money in his Christmas Bake-Off. Thanks in advance to all of you for donating your time and sharing your favourite easy recipes for those last minute morning teas!
Melt & Mix Coconut Cake
The first recipe comes from that bastion of womanhood The Women’s Weekly. Yvette and I discovered it at an orchestra morning tea in Mt Isa a few years ago and it’s been making an appearance at work morning tea’s ever since. It’s super easy, and a useful recipe if you’re baking for someone who doesn’t like chocolate.
- 1.5 cups Self Raising Flour
- 1.25 cups Caster Sugar
- 1.25 cups Desiccated Coconut
- 125g Melted Butter
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 0.75 cups Milk
- Grease and flour a 21cm pan. I like to use a ring pan, but regret this every time I start trying to line it with baking paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; mix well with a wooden spoon and pour into prepared tin.
3. Bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes and then turn onto a wire rack to cool.
If I’m taking it to work/party/friends place then I also like to drizzle some icing over the top. I tend not to ice it completely as mine rises nicely and I love the texture of the cracked top.