Tropical star anise cake

June 30, 2022
star anise cake

Tropical star anise cake

This cake has hints of lime and coconut that will take you on a tropical vacation, spiced and syruped to perfection, this Tropical star anise cake is the perfect Sunday dessert.

HANDS-ON TIME 25 min |TOTAL TIME 1 hour 25 min| SERVES 8

INGREDIENTS

CAKE

  • 150 grams butter, softened 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • ½  cup sour cream 
  • 1 ½  cups self-raising flour 
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

LIME & STAR ANISE SYRUP 

  • 6 dried lime leaves 
  • ⅔  cup caster sugar 
  • ⅓  cup lime juice 
  • 4 star anise 
  • ½  cup water

 

METHOD

CAKE

PREHEAT oven to 160°C. Grease a 12cm x 23cm loaf pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over the sides. 

BEAT butter, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then sour cream. 

STIR in sifted flour and coconut. Spoon mixture into pan; smooth the surface. 

BAKE cake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cake in the pan for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack over a tray. 

LIME & STAR ANISE SYRUP 

COARSELY  tear four of the lime leaves. Place torn lime leaves, sugar, juice, star anise and the water in a small saucepan over low heat; stir, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; remove from heat. Stand for 5 minutes; discard torn leaves. Remove the centre rib from the remaining lime leaves before finely shredding, stir into hot syrup.

PIERCE the top of the cake lightly all over with a toothpick. Pour hot syrup evenly over top and sides of hot cake; cool.

 

<FOOD TEAM TIP> Serve this delicious loaf cake with double thick yoghurt or some coconut ice cream. If you can’t find dried lime leaves then replace it with a drop of lemon extract or simply leave it out. 

 

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • 150 grams butter, softened 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • ½  cup sour cream 
  • 1 ½  cups self-raising flour 
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • For the Lime & star anise syrup
  • 6 dried lime leaves 
  • ⅔  cup caster sugar 
  • ⅓  cup lime juice 
  • 4 star anise 
  • ½  cup water

Instructions

For the cake

1

Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 12cm x 23cm loaf pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over the sides. 

2

Beat butter, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then sour cream. 

3

Stir in sifted flour and coconut. Spoon mixture into pan; smooth the surface. 

4

Bake cake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cake in the pan for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack over a tray. 

For the Lime & star anise syrup

5

Coarsely tear four of the lime leaves. Place torn lime leaves, sugar, juice, star anise and the water in a small saucepan over low heat; stir, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; remove from heat. Stand for 5 minutes; discard torn leaves. Remove the centre rib from the remaining lime leaves before finely shredding, stir into hot syrup.

6

Pierce the top of the cake lightly all over with a toothpick. Pour hot syrup evenly over top and sides of hot cake; cool.

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