A Tala Made Coconut Cake

Dear Tala Friends,

Autumn has finally arrived, and it is the perfect time of year to bake a hearty coconut cake, with a moist sponge that you can decorate with fun two toned colour icing and pretty shapes. We have lots of exciting new products to help you on your way, to bring this enjoyable recipe to life.


Ms Taylor

The Recipe

Coconut Cake
To serve 8 people

Cake Mixture:
225g self-raising flour
115g butter at room temperature
155g Demerara sugar
100g desiccated coconut
2 eggs beaten lightly
4 tbsp milk
A pinch of salt
Butter for greasing the pan

Butter Icing:
120g butter at room temperature
150g icing sugar
Drop of vanilla essence
Milk if needed to soften
Food colourings of your choice
Cocoa powder or coloured icing sugar to decorate

1. Grease a 900g or 2lb baking pan and preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/gas mark 3
2. Sift the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add in sugar, salt, coconut, eggs and milk. Use the Tala mini measure here for smaller measurements for time saving and accuracy, with options for teaspoons, millilitres, tablespoons and ounces
3. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 60 minutes, then remove and turn out onto a wire cooling rack
4. Beat the butter for the icing until it reaches a creamy texture, and then add in sifted icing sugar. Add in a few drops of vanilla essence and if needed, add 1 tsp of milk at a time to soften further with the Tala mini measure. Then separate the icing into two parts, and add your chosen food colouring to each batch
5. Once the cake has cooled, for easier icing, place the cake onto an icing turntable. Using the Tala dual icing nozzle set, have fun decorating the top and sides of your cake with a choice of 10 split nozzles for unique patterns with two tone colour results
6. If you would like to stencil some designs onto the top of your cake, spread a section of icing flat onto the cake top using a palette knife, then using the cocoa powder or a coloured icing sugar of your choice, you can decorate with pretty cupid love hearts, five-point stars and five-petal blossom flowers using the durable Tala stainless steel cake stencil
7. When ready to serve, use the Tala flexible cake server to cut into sections, and effortlessly remove the cake from its storage tin or container

Your shopping list

Tala, originating from Taylor and Law, has been associated with baking and icing for over 100 years - since 1899.
We still proudly own catalogues ranging from the 1920's up untill today, containing products which are still made in the same way; lovely, English manufacturing.

Traditional methods are used to manufacture most of our products. This involves production by hand, by a small team of skilled people behind the high quality of each product.
A priority of Tala has always been to create products that are built to last. Take an icing nozzle manufactured in the 1920's, and it will still fit an icing syringe made today. So we couldn't be more honest when we say you are using products that your mothers and grandmothers have always used.

Tala's 1950s Lemon Cookie Recipe

Dear Tala Friends,
We have received a request for the Tala lemon cookie recipe from the 1950s. The gentleman was recently reminiscing with family about the lemon cookies his mother would bake for them and had done so for decades. However, the recipe was lost in unfortunate circumstance before the great grandchildren where able to try these delightful treats. We agreed this original 1950s Tala recipe is fantastic and believed all Tala friends would like to try!
Ms Taylor

The Recipe

Lemon Cookies
Butter or Shortening 4 and half ozs or half cup
Sugar 3ozs or 1/3 cup
Egg Yolk 2-3
Flour 7 ozs or 1 and half cups
Lemon Rind grated ½ teaspoon
Salt ¼ teaspoon

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one by one and go on beating, then add lemon and the sifted flour and salt. Knead quickly into a soft and evenly coloured dough, cover and allow to stand in a cool place for several hours. Roll out 1/6 inch thick, cut into shapes with the cookie cutters and bake in a medium oven until lightly browned. To finish glaze with white or coloured icing and decorate with the help of a Tala icing set.

Your shopping list
How to Decorate a Cake, Tala's Guide to Icing

Click the link below for guidance and tips on how to ice a whole cake, to piping techniques and icing recipes.  

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Create a Crisp Pastry Base with Tala's Ceramic Baking Beans

This guide will instruct you how to use our Ceramic Baking Beans for perfect crisp pastry bases.

Using your Tala Jam Making Equipment

A step by step guide on how to use each piece of preserving equipment for all Tala Jam Sets, and Cook's tips for perfect preserves.

Lining Tala's Traditional Flan Rings

This guide explains how to use Tala's flan rings and offers care instructions.

Top Tips for the Trigger Action Flour Sifter

Click the link below for information on care and usage for our flour sifters.

Using a Pie Bird for Perfect Pie Crusts

Here we give you a demonstration on how to use Tala's Pie Bird, for perfect pies.

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Contact Ms Taylor by email

If you would like further help or any additional advise write to me, Ms Taylor.


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