Thursday, 4 December 2014

Coconut Ice for the Birthday Girl

Matilda was 2 yesterday and had an "Alice in Wonderland - Mad Hatter's Tea Party" on Sunday which was a glorious day. Dress ups were in order and so was a table full of tea party cakes!

I haven't made coconut ice for years but inspired recently by the blog of "Hotly Spiced" with delicately  pink jewels gracing her page, I thought this would make a perfect addition to the themed tea party.
This way to Matilda's party
Chalkboard with Chapter 1- Alice in Wonderland
Coconut Ice is better made the day before so that it has plenty of time to set hard in the fridge. Even though there is no cooking involved I remember there being some fairly heavy mixing action required. But I have some quick tips for that!

Matilda's amazing birthday cake

Matilda's mummy setting up the cake table
Ingredients ............…..
4 cups dessicated coconut
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 x 390 gm tin condensed milk
Pink food colouring

1x 8" square cake tin

What to do......................

Sift icing sugar into a mixing bowl,
Add coconut and mix thoroughly  so that the coconut and sugar are evenly distributed.

Cake Table

Now here is the trick......…..

Divide this coconut and sugar combo in half and place into separate mixing bowls.

Bowl No.1 will remain white

Bowl No.2 will be coloured pink

Pour half the tin of condensed milk into Bowl No.1 and mix with a knife to combine all the liquid, mix with your hands to combine as required, so that this becomes a smooth ball.

Set aside this white coconut ice.

Add a few drops of pink food colouring to the remaining half tin of condensed milk and stir to make it an even colour.

Pour the pink condensed milk into Bowl No.2  and repeat mixing process above.

This is so much easier than trying to add food colouring to an already solid ball of mixed ingredients. I was a little heavy handed with my Rose colouring, but then what little girls don't like a vibrant splash of pink at a party? I must get a dropper for this purpose in the future.

Lightly oil/grease an 8" square cake tin

Press the first layer of white mixture into the bottom of the cake tin - ensuring the mixture is evenly spread over the bottom of the tin.

Then add the pink layer on the top.

Cover with glad wrap and place in the fridge over night.

The next day turn the coconut ice out onto a board and cut into bite size pieces.  Mine made 64 small pop straight in your mouth - 1 bite size pieces perfect for little birthday parties.

Matilda in her Alice dress



  1. That is magical! What a treat for the birthday girl!

  2. Matilda looks gorgeous as Alice and what a stunning birthday cake. I'm so glad you made the coconut ice and dividing it is such a great idea - not so much elbow grease required. Your coconut ice turned out brilliantly xx

    1. My daughter is like us and loves a themed party - her kids love it too - any excuse to dress up. I would have loved to have taken credit for that cake but unfortunately all that hard work has to go to a professional baker friend of my daughter's who did an amazing job! The inside was a pink, purple and lavender layer sponge cake - delicious. Then again that coconut ice was pretty delicious too, but not quite in the same league.

  3. Oh how wonderful. Wow that cake is daughter would love a birthday celebration like that and she's all grown up...(me too for that matter) It's years since I've had coconut ice. I'd forgotten all about it. Thanks for sharing your whimsical day with us.

    1. The cake was a delicious to eat as it was to look at. Coconut ice was pretty good too!

  4. The coconut ice looks gorgeous and that's a fantastic birthday cake too!

  5. Thank you shame I can't take credit for that cake.