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coconut cake & miranda

by greenrabbitdesigns


I really love a plain cake with just icing and coconut on top, there is nothing quite like it with a mug of hot tea!!!


The recipe for my cake is from this little book, one of the best baking books I own. The date inside the book is 1981, so I have had it all my married life!


As you can see, it has been very well used, its just a very practical no nonsense baking book and let’s face it Mary is one of the best. The book is open at the recipe for the cake I baked, now I was a bit wary of doing this because of copyright but this book can still be bought here and if you click on the ‘Look Inside’ you can find this recipe so I’m not showing you anything you can’t already look up! I would recommend this book and its very good value for money.


I’ll leave you with number six of the Valentine girls….Miranda, which means ‘worthy of admiration’.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Happy weekend, fingers crossed for some sunshine! 🙂

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Jane January 24, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Mmmm coconut cake, my favourite Vivienne and I’m hungry as M is a bit delayed with the trains so dinner is late. I love to see cook books so well used and loved and yes I agree Mary is the queen of baking. 1981 was a great year wasn’t it ;0) Miranda is more than worthy of admiration especially in that sweet little dress. Happy weekend my dear xx

Marigold Jam January 24, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Must admit I am not a fan of coconut but the cake itself looks delicious. Your little rabbit looks great and kind of homespun country in style – love her!

ali January 24, 2014 - 7:42 pm

You make the most delicious of sweet treats. Mary Berry is very in these days & the book looks good. I like the knitted stitch pattern on Mirandas cardi.
Have a great weekend.

Robin January 24, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Hi Vivienne, You are making me so hungry! That is a delicious looking cake, I love desserts and especially cakes with icing and coconut! All your Valentine girls are so sweet and beautifully made. Anyone would be lucky to have any of them!!!
Happy weekend dear V, xoRobin

Stephanie January 24, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I LOVE coconut cake too. Although it’s been a fair while since I made the last one but I used to love making the coconut icing pink, I recall!

Hello Miranda! I love your textured cardigan and patchwork skirt. I cannot believe you have already completed your sixth Valentine’s Day bunny, Vivienne!

Kat January 24, 2014 - 9:41 pm

She most certainly is worth of admiration, what a cutie! Your cake looks and sounds delicious, we use coconut a lot in our house .. very healthy so don’t you worry about all those calories. hehe x
Happy weekend to you xox

Simone January 24, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Miranda is the icing on the cake! I think Miranda is my favourite out of your valentine bunnies as I am drawn to her colours. That cake looks delicious Vivienne and I may have to make it! x

helenjean January 24, 2014 - 11:05 pm

That book looks as if it just falls open at that page! I think no matter how many cookery books we have, we always return to the favourites

Chrissie Crafts January 25, 2014 - 7:55 am

Mmm, coconut cake and tea…it’s early morning and already I’m wanting some! Thank you for sharing the book, you know I love my cookbooks, so I’ll be checking out that one in a minute…lovely Miranda, she indeed lives up to her name! Chrissie x

amanda January 25, 2014 - 8:55 am

You have just reminded me I bought some coconut last week to make this cake !!!! the Rabbit looks great and I like the fabric you have used for the dress, were do you get your fabric from ? on line or from a shop. ( hope you don’t mind me asking)

Elizabeth January 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

Vivienne thank you for sharing the recipe for the cake. I shall have a go of making it and when it is cooked we will make a pot of tea and think of you. Miranda rabbit is lovely, you must have been busy matching all the colours. Week end again I know you will enjoy and by the way rabbits look happy too. Elizabeth x x

helen philipps January 25, 2014 - 11:57 am

Tea and cake….so yummy and your cake with icing and coconut looks and sounds so delicious! Love Mary Berry’s recipes,and how nice that you still have your original recipe book. Miranda is very cute with her patchwork skirt, sure to be admired! Wishing you a happy weekend, Vivienne.
Helen xox

Mia January 25, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Hello dear Vivienne,

What a yummy post! I couldn’t agree more that the old-tested-great recipes are the best, they never fail and smiles are guaranteed. And Miranda…oh my how sweet she is!

It’s snowy and gray here so I’m afraid I can’t help with sun-situation, I wish it’s shining at yours still?

Happy weekend!


Anne D.T. January 25, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Your cake looks soooo delicious, Vivienne. Inspiring me to do some baking this cold weekend. Love your cookbook. Hello to Miss Miranda….lovely for someone’s Valentine’s Day.

Happy weekend,

knitsofacto January 25, 2014 - 7:53 pm

I have that book! Although to be honest it’s tucked away on a shelf and I’d forgotten about it … thanks for the reminder Vivienne.

Love Valentine, cute as all her sisters 🙂

alisonb2 January 26, 2014 - 11:38 am

Hello Vivienne, what a delicious looking cake! Mary Berry takes a lot of beating. I have a pull out booklet of her tray bakes including this one. Well used! It is from a Woman’s Weekly back in the late ’70s, which Mum pulled out. She just doesn’t go out of fashion! Your photos are lovely. I’ve spent a lovely 15 minutes browsing around and sipping coffee. Thank you sharing. Alison

ginaferrari January 26, 2014 - 10:23 pm

My Grandad always made a tray bake like that which he called “Tottenham cake”. I always thought tht was just his name for it because that was where he was from but then in the bake off last year they did a feature on Tottenham cake!

Susan January 27, 2014 - 10:29 am

Ooh simply delicious, Vivienne!…We all love Mary’s recipes in our house too…especially Ashley my ‘baking’ daughter! Miranda is just beautiful and I love her colours..x
Happy New Week,
Susan x

Jill January 27, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Mmmmmmmm- what a tasty looking treat :0)
I love Mary Berry – she’s brilliant on the Great British Bake Off. Though I’m not such a fan of Paul Hollywood.
A big hello to the lovely Miranda – another beautiful bunny.


Margaret February 1, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Mmmm, I can almost taste that cake! Mary Berry rocks and is a big favourite with me. Love her books of which I have a few.
I feel a need to bake now!

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