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250 grams, or 8.8 ounces, butter at room temperature

250 grams, or 8.8 ounces, self raising flour

250 grams, or 8.8 ounces, caster sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the icing 

3 cups of icing sugar

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of milk

2 cups desiccated coconut


1. Preheat the oven to 190C, or 375 F. Butter a 9 inch by 9 inch pan, or cover it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat it together until it is a light yellow colour and has a fluffy texture.

3. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one by one and then add the vanilla essence. Ensure that they are all mixed through.

4. Fold in the flour and mix thoroughly.

5. Pour the mixture into the tin, place it into the oven and cook for about 40 minutes until firm. 

6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Then cut the cake into pieces and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until the cake is hardened.

7. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, add the milk and mix thoroughly. If the mixture is too runny add more icing sugar, or if too hard add more milk. Place the desiccated coconut into a separate bowl next to the icing.

8. Taking one piece of cake at a time, roll the cake in the chocolate icing until it is completely covered. Remove the cake with a fork or spoon and place it into the bowl with the desiccated coconut. Roll the cake around until it is covered with the coconut, then remove and place on a wire rack to set. Repeat this process with each piece of cake. 

9. Wait until the cake is thawed and then enjoy! The cakes may be eaten alone, or with jam and cream.