Tonight I had high hopes for the start of my festive baking! Byron was requesting a layer cake of the chocolate variety. I had some left over candy canes from church that were just calling out to be crushed up all over a chocolate mint cake, and so I got baking. I have a slight candy cane/peppermint obsession right now! It was all going so well...until I realised my recipe called for 500ml of milk and we only had a few drops left! Disaster...I called on a neighbour to try and help me out of every baker's worst nightmare but they weren't available! Then I remembered I had coconut milk in the cupboard...so unfortunately my peppermint and chocolate layer cake had to turn into a coconut and chocolate layer cake!
It was sad times...I was seriously excited about the peppermint cake I had been planning in my head! that will have to wait for another day! This cake did turn out rather delicious, so I wasn't sad for long! I used the chocolate layer cake recipe from The Primrose Bakery cookbook (my one cupcake book I was allowed to bring to Turks and Caicos!all the rest got 'borrowed' by my sisters while I am away...I hope I see them again!) but converting from grams to cups was a little annoying - why would I not have packed my electronic scales to bring with me? it would make my baking life so much easier!
The cake was deliciously moist with a lovely cream coconut flavour due to the coconut milk substitution. The frosting was the chocolate frosting from the same book. It didn't taste quite as delicious as it does when I make it back in the U.K, I really haven't sorted out this U.S baking chocolate problem yet! but it wasn't half bad considering I had a peppermint fix that needed satisfied and this seemed to do the job instead!