Did Bounty ever have a TV ad? If it did, I don’t remember it. Does this mean that it was such a popular chocolate bar that it didn’t need to advertise. The Bounty knew how amazing it was already. Adverts were for loser chocolate bars, Bounty was far too superior for that, it didn’t need to tarnish itself with lame slogans and cartoon rabbits. There is a word in our house for that kind of attitude Mr Bounty, Smuggo. But it shouldn’t be too complacent in its glory as I was not a big fan growing up. I think it was a chocolate bar designed for adults. I certainly remember my mum always choosing Bounties which we could never understand. Although I think this was clever planning on her part, as she could be confident that we wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole. The chocolate was good but the coconut? Yuk. Give me a Boost and be done.
I almost didn’t mention that this wonderful cake was gluten free in the title as I didn’t want you to get all huffy and skip it. Please don’t though as this cake has seriously passed the gluten-free haters test, namely my husband, and I would happily make this time and time again for anyone and everyone. As with the gluten-free sticky toffee cake last week the key is adding in as much extra moisture as you can. This time around, as well as the Malibu and the coconut milk in the cake batter, I used a sugar syrup which is brushed over the cake after baking. The warm sponge soaks up the delicious Malibu syrup, making the cake sticky, moist and scrumptious.
If you have never tried swiss meringue buttercream then you must have a go on your next cake. Do not be put off by the slightly complicated method, it’s really quite easy. If you find normal buttercream a bit sweet and heavy then this is definitely the frosting for you as it’s the most light velvety buttercream you will ever taste. Rosie Alyea, on her blog Sweetapolita, gives an extremely thorough explanation with photos if you are a bit nervous. You could use fresh egg whites but since you need so many then I recommend you use Two Chicks egg whites which come in a handy carton. You only need half the carton so you can freeze the rest ready for your next swiss meringue buttercream cake as after you’ve tried it once you will never go back.
Bounty Cake (gluten-free)
For the coconut cake:
200ml coconut milk
50g dessicated coconut
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g caster sugar
300g unsalted butter
250g gluten free flour
50g coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
For the sugar syrup:
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp Malibu
2 tbsp water
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and prepare 2 x 8” sandwich tins.
- Pour the coconut milk, Malibu, dessicated coconut and vanilla extract into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes, giving it a good stir, then turn off the heat and let sit for 30 mins.
- Cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs in one at a time, don’t worry if the mixture looks a bit lumpy it will come together.
- Sift the flours and baking powder together.
- Add the flour alternately with the coconut mixture, adding the flour in three additions and the milk in two (begin and end with the flour), scrape down the sides of the bowls as needed and mix until just combined.
- Divide the cake batter between the two sandwich tins and bake for around 18-20 mins until the cake starts to brown and come away from the sides.
- Meanwhile you can make the sugar syrup. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for around three mins then turn off the heat.
- When the cakes are ready, take them out of their tins after five mins resting. Poke the top of the cakes several times with a cocktail stick.
- Brush the sugar syrup all over the two cakes, then leave them to cool before slicing in half horizontally to make four sponge layers.
For the Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream
8 egg whites (240g)
400g caster sugar
560g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
300g dark chocolate, melted then cooled.
A pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
100g coconut flakes to decorate
- Heat egg whites and caster sugar in a bain marie, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the temperature has reached 71°C.
- Remove the egg whites and sugar from the heat and pour into a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
- Change the attachment to a paddle attachment. On a low speed add the butter slowly cube by cube. When you have almost added all the butter the mixture will look curdled. Do not fret – this is supposed to happen and just means you are nearly done. Just continue to add all the butter. Once the butter is totally incorporated the frosting will miraculously become a smooth velvety consistency.
- Add the salt, the vanilla extract and the melted chocolate. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- After frosting the cake, decorate with the coconut flakes.