Papaya coconut cake is a delicious, moist and buttery cake and the inspiration is from the by the Bahamian papaya cake.Usually a little of rum is added for extra flavor in these cakes.This cake can be better known as a papaya sauce cake as I cooked the papaya into a chunky sauce before adding to the cake. You can also add the puree or just chopped papaya, but cooked papaya reduces the water content and gives it a sweet caramelized flavor which you will surely enjoy. Here are the ingredients.
All purpose flour- 2 cups
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- a pinch
salt 1/3 tsp
Papaya sauce-1 cup
( I used an orange red papaya for this recipe)
coconut- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
brown sugar- 1/3 cup
( Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the papaya)
butter- 1/2 cup
egg - 2
candied ginger- one tsp ( optional)
Vanilla essence- 2 tsp
Imitation Rum Extract- 1 tsp ( Optional)
( I used McCormick Imitation Rum Extract or you can add 1/3 cup rum )
orange zest- 1 tsp
sour cream- 1/2 cup
( you can also add nuts and raisins)
To make the papaya sauce heat one tsp of butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan.When it gets caramelized add the papaya and cook till all the water gets evaporated and almost dry. Allow this to cool completely.
Sieve in all flour, baking powder,soda, and salt. mix nutmeg or candied ginger,coconut salt and keep aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare cake pan by greasing with butter and dusting with flour and set aside.
Beat room temperature butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and beat till fluffy. Mix in vanilla essence, orange zest and sour cream. Now add little by little the dry mixture and spoon in the papaya sauce alternatively and gently fold in. Pour into the pan and bake for 20 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
For the icing Combine two tsp of butter and one cup of icing sugar using an electric mixer in low speed. Add two tsp of milk and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence and a few drops of imitation rum and beat till smooth and creamy. Spread on the cake when it is completely cool. I have used nuts and coconut for decorating the cake.
Cake without icing..
Hope you will all enjoy..