Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)

Sarina's Independence Day Sugar Cakes (recipe)

This post was originally published September 1, 2008. It has been updated once since then

I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. Despite the name I dare say they’ll be great for Republic Day, any day of national celebration, heck, year-round! The results were so beautiful and delicious that I think even the most ardent purist would be won over ;) For the ‘black’ I chose dark chocolate sprinkles, and can I say the combination of chocolate and coconut is out of this world! (Tip: add the sprinkles before the mixture cools too much so that they will adhere). Let me know what you think! :)

Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
1/2 cup water
1 cup grated coconut
red food colouring
dark chocolate sprinkles “hagelslag”

METHOD:

1. Divide sugar, water, bitters and coconut into two pans

2. Add red food colouring to one pan until desired shade is reached.
3. Heat each pan to boiling until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, stirring consistently.
4. Pour red mixture into bottom of pour a greased 8×8 pan
5. Spread and smooth with a knife
6. Pour white mixture over the red
7. Spread and smooth with a knife

8. While still hot cover with chocolate sprinkles
9. Cool and cut into 2 in. squares.

NOTES:

It is traditional to dye half the mixture pink :) However in honour of Independence Day I decided to start a tradition of my own! :D

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  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com/ Trig

    Happy Independence Day Sarina! Although I’ll be working next February, I thought you might like to know that my brother and his partner Aliyyah have booked flights to Port Of Spain for next year’s carnival. Nearer the time we must sort something out so you can meet up.

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com/ Trig

    Happy Independence Day Sarina! Although I’ll be working next February, I thought you might like to know that my brother and his partner Aliyyah have booked flights to Port Of Spain for next year’s carnival. Nearer the time we must sort something out so you can meet up.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trig – I’d love that :D Even better, sort yourself to come the year after :D I’m sure by then you’ll be calling the shots :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trig – I’d love that :D Even better, sort yourself to come the year after :D I’m sure by then you’ll be calling the shots :D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    Ooo I love this. Very pretty.
    Coconut and chocolate is yummy.
    Glad to see you posting.
    Think this will be great for iftar?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    Ooo I love this. Very pretty.
    Coconut and chocolate is yummy.
    Glad to see you posting.
    Think this will be great for iftar?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    what’s hagenslag?
    bitters???

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    what’s hagenslag?
    bitters???

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – OOOOO try it!! :D Never even thought of that :D Maybe green and white with gold? :D Hagelslag is dark chocolate sprinkles … I wrote about them here :) I’ll fix my typo :)

    www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/bbm-20-jacques-pure-chocolate-hagelslag-granules/

    Yeah bitters, WHY NOT!! :P STEUPS!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – OOOOO try it!! :D Never even thought of that :D Maybe green and white with gold? :D Hagelslag is dark chocolate sprinkles … I wrote about them here :) I’ll fix my typo :)

    www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/bbm-20-jacques-pure-chocolate-hagelslag-granules/

    Yeah bitters, WHY NOT!! :P STEUPS!

  • http://akalol.wordpress.com aka_lol

    I am not into sweet things but this looks tempting :)

  • http://akalol.wordpress.com aka_lol

    I am not into sweet things but this looks tempting :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    hahaha
    themed especially for Eid.
    Now it’s fasting time I really have to schedule in my baking…so I don’t overdo it and also…so there’s time to eat these things…

    now missy where am i supposed to get those foreign sprinkles?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    hahaha
    themed especially for Eid.
    Now it’s fasting time I really have to schedule in my baking…so I don’t overdo it and also…so there’s time to eat these things…

    now missy where am i supposed to get those foreign sprinkles?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – :D :D :D :D :D :D Ooo I dunno, maybe the ‘Sharon’s’ will do as well? :D :D :D Or you could try Peppercorns ? :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – :D :D :D :D :D :D Ooo I dunno, maybe the ‘Sharon’s’ will do as well? :D :D :D Or you could try Peppercorns ? :D

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    aww, sugar sugar…
    I have never tried to make sugar cake…it’s something you buy :-D
    yours looks all festive and patriotic and coconut and chocolate is the best!

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    aww, sugar sugar…
    I have never tried to make sugar cake…it’s something you buy :-D
    yours looks all festive and patriotic and coconut and chocolate is the best!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – man i feeling to stick to making it from now on :D lol :D we’ll see lol ! :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – man i feeling to stick to making it from now on :D lol :D we’ll see lol ! :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    but what’s gold??? i dunno!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    but what’s gold??? i dunno!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – they make gold sprinkles!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – they make gold sprinkles!!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    but are they halaal??

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    but are they halaal??

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – ooo they are sugar and gum based usually… does halal include non-meat items? Dunno if you could find any certified as such… :(

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – ooo they are sugar and gum based usually… does halal include non-meat items? Dunno if you could find any certified as such… :(