I m dusting this place after 5 months, oh yeah, bloggers block is real and these days i m getting it quite often. Even today, till this moment i was contemplating whether to post or just coil back to my cocoon. Somehow, nudged myself to sit and write the post.
I signed up to regular Blogging marathon this october for all 4 weeks, the first week theme is Pick an alphabet, pick 3 different countries and cook from them. Yes, our gang leader is capable of thinking much more complexities, but since she compiled the October BM announcement just before the mega marathon, she made it a bit easier. Okies, moving on, so i picked the alphabet 'J'. So here comes the first recipe after a lonnnngg hiatus in my kitchen Toto- jamaican coconut cake.
A simple no fuss, no fancy cake recipe, bursting with coconut flavors, i didnt have brown sugar in hand. if you have please use that instead of white. Originally toto is made with flour, molasses and coconut, it is said to be late night snack for the underfed slaves. The original recipe, had eggs, i have used curd and water instead of the eggs, the cake has come out a little dense but the taste and the flavor is good. I was a little worried whether my boys would like them, but to my surprise both enjoyed the nutty cake, it is their evening snack for the past 2 days. Would love to tweak it a bit when i try next time, if i get a better bake, sure will let you all know here. Until then enjoy this one!
2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar, brown sugar preferably
½ cup oil
2 cups freshly grated coconut
1.5 teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger powder
5 nos of cardamon and 3 cloves pounded finely
¾ cup yogurt
¾ cup warm water
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 2 square pan with oil and parchment paper.
- In a large bowl take flour, baking powder, cinnamom powder, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves powder together and whisk to combine well.
- In another bowl, combine coconut and sugar, add yogurt, water and oil, mix well. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mix and combine.
- While combining, use a spatuala, cut and fold and see to that there is no dry flour in the batter.
- Pour the batter in the prepared pans, i used 2 square pans, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove the cake, let it sit for 5 minutes, slowly remove the cake on to a wire rack, let it cool, cut them into squares and enjoy while warm.
Welcome back Priya. It is so nice to see your post. I love coconut in cakes. It gives the cake a wonderful flavour. If combined with wheat flour and brown sugar, this must be so divine.
I guess anything with coconut is a winner! I have pinned up something similar to try since I love coconut, but keeping it pending till the time comes... hehe... I am fighting the block literally each time I post on the blog! Took a break for a month, which still seems not enough, so kind of looking at slowing down the pace, which I have done consistently over this year... going from 20+ posts a month to hardly 15! Hehe...
welcome back. I though I was the only one going through this looks like I have company:). This cake looks super easy. I am planning to bake this. Will keep you posted on on that
Welcome back Priya! In my case this bloggers block keeps on occurring time and again. Every time I have to give myself a push and that push comes by signing in for BM. The cake looks good. When coconut is there, it is bound to taste awesome. Will try this one only till you post your tweaked recipe 🙂
With coconut in there I am sure the cake was a winner. Glad you came out of the 'block' 🙂
An eggless whole wheat coconut cake now nothing can get better than this, the texture is spot in,awsome share.
My Culinary Journey
Since I love everything about coconut this recipe for me is a keeper. This looks fab.
I love anything and everything with Coconuts. Looks absolutely delicious!!
Good to see you back in BM Priya.. Wow what an incredible coconut cake, i would like to have a super huge slice of this cake.
Welcome back Priya! I love dense cakes and that looks just like the ones I like. Tropical coconut flavor is my favorite and I would love to make this sometime soon!
Wheat flour and coconut combo cake sounds healthy and delicious. Cake looks perfect with nice texture.
Imagine so much we are learning about food and culture of various countries.. Jamaican Toto looks nice.
Eggless Whole wheat cake looks so moist and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
Have yet to try my hands on a coconut cake..your eggless version with whole wheat flour sounds healthy , wholesome and flavorful. Thanks for the share.
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
Glad to see you back Priya, I can see myself having this cake with a cuppa, easy and fuss free baking recipe that can be done by a person like me 🙂
amazing Priya. would you tell me how different it is from other normal cakes as the name is different? This jamaican toto recipe is actually looking superb and outcome is such a treat to tastebuds. Pieces tempting me a lot. bookmarking
Whole wheat cake that to with coconut.. I can feel the taste and flavour right from here. Lovely share !!!
Whole wheat and coconut, these two were enough to make me fall in love with this recipe. Perfect slices, yumm
Whole wheat cake with coconut looks good and must be tasing awesome. Good to know the cuisine from different regions of the world.
Eggless Whole wheat cake is looking so moist and delicious. Awesome recipe. Use of coconut is WOW !!
Welcome back Priya! And this cake is something I need to make. Late night cravings are really getting out of hand and this could be my savior! I love coconut flavors and the kids will eat it without a fuss!
Loving this healthy version of traditional cake. I too took the same theme for this week as it seemed simple initially and contemplated cooking this if i picked the alphabet 'J'. However the theme turned out not so easy when I started to look for less sugar and low carb vegetarian dishes. 🙂
welcome back and yes toto are dense - they are generally had at tea time so the tea helps wash it down but even dense I love the flavor in this and the texture has never bothered me
Welcome back to blogging Priya - I know how it is to get back, start slow and I'm sure you be at full speed soon 🙂
Toto looks and sounds awesome. From the photos, it looks a little like our coconut burfi.
Its good to have you back Priya, you made me grin with your words. For a moment there while I was picking up this theme, I remembered a day in past when I had ended up with a theme that was too complex. Yes, you are right, just before Mega, I didn't want to think too much. This cake sounds fantastic. I was thinking this a bar, will surely bookmark to make it sometime.
Welcome back, and I can understand that feeling whether to write or not as have done a lot. Anyways That cake looks yum and really good flavours go in it.