baking holidays sweets

Coconut Loaf Cake

18 December 2020

The holidays are here and we are limping along to the finish line — otherwise known as the last day of school before break. Four months of distance learning down (we’re doing a hybrid independent study/virtual learning model through our public school) and I can’t believe we’ve made it this far. We have at least two more months to go so the silver lining is that we have the routine down.

The yearly holiday baking has begun — I baked three rounds of Sarah Keiffer’s excellent lemon-cranberry cake from her first cookbook in small loaves that now rest in my freezer — and we have cookies to attend to (this year we’ll do sugar cookies with a bit of almond extract, chocolate sugar cookies, whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, and a few more to be decided). I would also suggest this stellar coconut loaf as a teacher or neighbor gift – it’s sturdy, not-too-sweet, and pairs perfectly with the bag of locally-roasted coffee you’re also giving away.

I love this cake because it incorporates chewy flaked coconut. You can really taste the coconut, and who doesn’t want to taste the coconut (don’t answer that)? A generous sprinkle of sugar across the top makes the loaf sparkle and gives it a bit of a crackly crust. I also love slices of this bread toasted with a bit of butter.

Later today we’ll drop off our teacher gifts (mostly homemade) and bags of cookies for the ladies who work in the office (mini whole wheat chocolate chippers and chocolate cookies), with a stop at Hardcore Coffee on the way, then it’s home for the last virtual music class of the year, the final virtual class call of the year, and after that — sweet vacation! I’m going to immediately head out on a run. We’re in lockdown again in California so our trips are mostly spent going to the store for holiday ingredients and to the playgrounds — blessedly they are still open. I am hopeful 2021 will bring a return to somewhat normalcy, even if it takes awhile. Focusing on the positive — we’ve come this far and it feels like we’re nearly in the final stretch. We can do this! Coconut cake for fortitude.

  • Helen spiridakis 18 December 2020 at 10:36 am

    Makes my mouth water! Lucky teachers! You ‘ve reached a milestone…. Pat yourself on the back….. S is a curious… bright & energetic student. Take a bow… both of you! Happy baking & happy holidays!